Author: Rand Nelson

SLIS’ Book Bonanza Awards $7,000 in Free Books

The University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Studies will award over $7,000 in new children’s and young adult books to five school libraries in the Black Belt region of the state and one school library in an economically deprived area of Alabama outside of the Black Belt Region through its SLIS Book Bonanza for the Black Belt (and Beyond) program.

School librarians in the Black Belt counties of Alabama and other economically disadvantaged areas of the state are encouraged to apply for free books that will be awarded by Dr. Jamie C. Naidoo, associate professor in UA’s SLIS.

School librarians may download and complete the application sheet and email it to Naidoo with “Book Bonanza” in the subject line or fax it to 205/348-3746. Applications must be received no later than midnight Monday, Feb. 20. Applications are available on the program website here.

Six winning school libraries will be selected by Feb. 24. Each winning school library will receive more $1,000 worth of free children’s or young adult books. Once notified, winning school librarians will have until March 31 to claim their free books from SLIS. Books must be picked up in Tuscaloosa.

Started in 2009, the SLIS Book Bonanza for the Black Belt is an annual program that provides free books to school libraries in the Black Belt region each academic year. For additional information about the program, visit the program website here.

The University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Studies is a part of the College of Communication and Information Sciences.


Update:

February 22, 2017

SLIS’ Book Bonanza for the Black Belt (and Beyond) program awarded a total of $22,641 in new, free books to elementary, middle, and high school libraries across Alabama.

Book Bonanza Black Belt Winners:

Gordo High School, serving grades 7-12 (Pickens County), Librarian Heather Perrigin
Greensboro Middle School, serving grades 6-8 (Hale County), Librarian Elaine Pugh
Payne Elementary School, serving graded K-5 (Dallas County), Librarian Julie Johnson
Sidney Lanier High School, serving grades 9-12 (Montgomery County), Librarian Yolanda Huntley
Southside Primary School, serving grades K-2 (Dallas County), Librarian Monica Gayle
Valley Grande Elementary School, serving grades PreK-6 (Dallas County), Librarian Brenda Powell

Book Bonanza Beyond Winners:

Central Elementary School, serving grades K-5 (Tuscaloosa County), Librarian Stephanie Frost
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, serving grades PreK-5 (Tuscaloosa County), Librarian Sandra Perteet-Plenty

Time Warner/HBO

Time Warner/HBO is seeking interns to play a vital role in assisting the HBO Sports team with various elements of production, including: boxing, Real Sports, and 24/7 series.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Prep and research upcoming boxing fights
  • Research and develop stories for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
  • Avid work; logging and screening for Boxing and Real Sports shoots
  • Assist with local shoots (content, equipment, etc)
  • Complete tasks on a deadline for time sensitive material
  • Conduct independent research to pitch potential stories for Real Sports
  • Contact reporters, media outlets, and sports teams for information
  • On-site assistance for boxing fights (Madison Square Garden, Barclay’s Center, etc)
  • Observing edits: boxing, Real Sports, and 24/7 series

Requirements:

  • Must be a rising junior or rising senior in college
  • Avid or Final Cut screening
  • Logging and editing material
  • Knowledge of HBO Sports programming: Boxing, Real Sports, Hard Knocks, 24/7.
  • Organizational skills: must be able to meet deadlines, attention to detail
  • Research skills, including but not limited to: Knowledge of/proficiency with Nexis searches of news articles, General internet research, YouTube and footage research, Public records searches, Making phone calls, pre-interviews, etc.

Click here for more information, or to apply.

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GRM

GRM is seeking interns for their office in Atlanta, Georgia starting in mid-May and extending to mid-August.

Applicants should have passion for the advertising profession, be a skilled communicator, a skilled writer, flexible and team oriented. Juniors, seniors and recent graduates are encouraged to apply for this paid internship.

Outline of duties: The intern will spend 25-35 hours a week getting a view of full-scope marketing duties and interaction through participation in internal and client meetings; work on real projects within current client base; assist team in developing specific recommendations, projects or analyses in support of client or agency programs; deep dive into social media use for marketing.

To apply, submit the following items to avoris@grmworks.com:

  • a resume
  • an example of your best writing
  • an answer this question: What is one thing you are a zealot for, and why?

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SLIS Names Dr. James K. Elmborg New Director

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Studies has named Dr. James K. Elmborg its new director.

Elmborg comes to UA from his professorship at the University of Iowa, where he formerly served as director of the School of Library and Information Science from 2006 to 2011.

At more than $3 million dollars in external funding, Elmborg has an established record of securing grants and managing large-scale, collaborative initiatives. He has made a name for himself in the fields of critical information literacy and digital humanities.

Elmborg received his doctorate from the University of Kansas in 1995. He is the author of two books: Centers for Learning: Libraries and Writing Centers in Collaboration, and A Pageant of Its Time: Edward Dorn’s Slinger and the Sixties.

Neato

Neato is seeking Bud Light and Budweiser Ambassadors across the US. As a Brand Ambassador, you’ll be responsible for promoting AB products to consumers at popular bars and restaurants in your market.

Candidates must be of legal drinking age and currently enrolled full-time, undergraduate students.

What We Offer:

  • Earn up to $180 each week with the opportunity of earning additional performance bonuses
  • Exposure into business operations within the Anheuser-Busch Inbev (ABI) organization
  • Ongoing coaching from the Neato and local Anheuser-Busch teams including a national in-person training to kickoff the program
  • First-hand experience representing a global brand, potentially launching your career with Anheuser-Busch

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work an average of 12 hours per week, with 10 hours spent promoting AB product at popular bars in your market
  • Collaborate with co-Ambassador to ensure program performance
  • Build and maintain relationships with local bar staff
  • Distribute a set quantity of product each week by holding activations when bars and restaurants have a large attendance of the target audience (predominantly nights and weekends)
  • Autonomously develop weekly product distribution plan, acquiring approvals from your local AB team, Neato and bar staff as necessary
  • Report on each activation in a timely manner through mobile program reporting applications
  • Understand overall program goals, tracking your performance to identify gaps and adjust distribution strategy as needed
  • Maintain consistent communication with Neato, local retailers and the Anheuser-Busch team

Requirements:

  • Must be of legal drinking age at the time of interview
  • Ability to work nights and weekends from February-mid May
  • Passion for Bud Light, Budweiser and the Anheuser-Busch family of brands
  • Friendly, outgoing personality with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong knowledge of your local culture and community
  • Ability to thrive in an autonomous environment

Click here to apply.

Launch Squad

LaunchSquad is actively looking for summer Account Associates to join our teams in New York, San Francisco, Boston & Detroit. For more details on this opportunity and others, visit our Careers site today at www.LaunchSquad.com. To learn more about our team & company, check out our Blog & Instagram pages @launchsquad.

Launchsquad is a communications firm that identifies and communicates stories for companies we love. You’ve probably heard of a few: Okta, J.Hilburn, iHeartRadio, Acquia, Coursera. From consumer and enterprise technology start-ups to lifestyle and media companies, we partner with our clients, immerse ourselves in their product or services and build strategic communications campaigns and original content programs that reach and resonate with key audiences.

We partner with some of the most innovative, fast-growth start-ups around, the right audiences. And it’s up to us to decide how strategies align with goals to produce the results our clients need to grow their businesses. From engagement and experience management, we drive the awareness and activation that leads to lasting loyalty.

WE CALL IT HANDCRAFTED PR.

Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Internship Title: Corporate Communications Intern
Department: Public Relations
Reports to: Corporate Communications Manager
Location: Atlanta, GA

Position Objective:

This position exists to assist the Corporate Communications team with daily coordination and implementation of corporate and internal communications duties. Overall responsibilities include writing, editing, event planning and presentation development.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Write and edit Intranet articles and blog posts on a daily basis
  • Write and edit employee email communications
  • Assist with planning of & provide on-site support for internal events
  • Assist with planning and provide on-site support for student field trips
  • Provide planning and on-site support for local community events
  • Create PowerPoint presentations
  • Track and respond to sponsorship requests
  • Track media requests
  • Create wrap-up reports for various events and projects

Qualifications: Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications (Public Relations, Journalism or related field), or equivalent background in related field of study.

Experience (Job and Industry):

  • Prior internship experience in communications/public relations/media relations
  • Experience writing for college newspaper, local publications or online blogs

Contact: Cathy Knott (Recruiter): External.Cathy.Knott@porsche.us.

American Heart Association In Alabama

The American Heart Association in Alabama is currently looking for media communications, marketing, social media communications, and graphic design interns. Communication Studies majors are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

Graphic Design Intern – American Heart Association

Locations available: Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Montgomery.

     About Us: The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

About the Position: As a graphic arts student, you know the power behind dynamic visual design. Here’s your opportunity to take your creative talent to the next level: the American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, is looking for a graphic design intern to start immediately. You’ll interpret our brand strategy and mission—to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke—in terms of design and advertising.

You will work closely with the communications department to create materials for both on- and offline promotions. AHA values our interns for their strong design sensibility and promotes their professional development during the term. There is a minimum commitment of 3 months, but a full semester of work is preferred.

Learn to meet daily, weekly, and long-term deadlines in a fast-paced environment:

  • Create graphics and design layouts for print ads, flyers, email newsletters, blog, and social media.
  • Collaborate with the communications department and support campaigns with design solutions.
  • Learn how to apply design theory to marketing campaigns and advance techniques.

Qualifications:

  • Prior experience creating graphics and a solid grasp of design concepts.
  • Comfort working in Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.
  • Already having design software available to you is preferred.
  • Enthusiasm for the design process and attentiveness to different project goals.

To apply, please contact Danielle Deavours at danielle.deavours@heart.org or (205)510-1504.

To learn more, visit heart.org.

 

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is seeking interns for Spring in the Communications Department for the Campus Reach Internship opportunity.  The position will close in September. Summer applications will begin late October.

Contact: Chelsea Buechler – People Intern – People Department – 214.792.4332

More information: https://www.southwest.com/assets/pdfs/careers/campus_reach_brochure.pdf. To apply: www.southwest.com/internships

 

CORPORATE COMMUNICATION INTERN

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop strategic communication plans for a variety of company initiatives and on a variety of subjects including: Culture, Awards, Executive Platforms, health and benefits, facilities, safety, and campus communication.
  • Assist with measurement and reporting for Executive Platforms
  • Help create content for a number of our channels including: digital signs, LUVLines (internal print magazine), blogs on SWALife (Company intranet), multimedia project requests,
  • Monitor and respond to Speakers Bureau requests

 

EDUCATION:

  • Progress towards degree, major, or minor in a Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Emerging Media, Business or Communications related field required.
  • Minimum junior status or above.
  • To be eligible must be currently enrolled as a full time student (minimum 12 credit hours).
  • Maintained 3.0 or above cumulative GPA.

 

Experience:

Communications related work experience preferred (part-time jobs, internships, etc).
Writing experience preferred (school newsletter, business, or creative).
Leadership experience is a plus.
Participation in trade/industry organizations, community involvement, and/or school clubs preferred.
Event planning experience preferred.

Skills/Abilities/Knowledge/Work Style:

Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Must possess a strong proficiency of the English language, including superior grammar, spelling, and organizational skills.

Proficient with Microsoft Office Applications, specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
Must have a passion for social media.
Understanding of the airline/travel industry is a plus.
Ability to work independently and the willingness to function as part of a Team.
Ability to handle multiple projects under tight deadlines and work well under pressure.
Must have ability to comprehend, proofread, and edit a variety of documents with a keen eye for accuracy and attention to detail.
Must handle confidential and sensitive information with the utmost professionalism.
Must be able to present self well to meet public and have the ability to present in large or small settings. Public speaking skills and/or experience a plus.

Provide the following information (if requested):

Resume, unofficial transcript.,“Why Southwest Airlines” essay (Length determined by author), one press release writing sample – published or un-published, letters of recommendation.

Time Commitment: Full-time – 40 hours/week. 

PAY:

$12 hourly + flight privileges

This position is located in Dallas, Texas at the Southwest Airlines Headquarters building. Apply online at www.southwest.com/careers

 


COMMUNICATIONS OR PUBLIC RELATIONS INTERN

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Intern will support communications within one of the following Teams:  Corporate, Commercial, Editorial, Measurement & Analytics, or Operational.

Public Relations (Commercial)

  • Develop strategic communication plans for a variety of company initiatives and on a variety of subjects including: New city and new route launches, international, music and entertainment, marketing, network and schedule planning.
  • Prepare written communications, such as news releases, media alerts, blogs, and social media copy.
  • Assist with day-to-day event coordination, including news events, local market events, and escorting media.
  • Public Relations administrative duties, updating media contact lists in Vocus, and media follow up calls.

Corporate Communication

  • Develop strategic communication plans for a variety of company initiatives and on a variety of subjects including: Culture, Awards, Executive Platforms, health and benefits, facilities, safety, and campus communication.
  • Assist with measurement and reporting for Executive Platforms
  • Help create content for a number of our channels including: digital signs, LUVLines (internal print magazine), blogs on SWALife (Company intranet), multimedia project requests,
  • Monitor and respond to Speakers Bureau requests

Editorial

  • Writing and content creation/curation of articles and blog posts
  • Editing and proofreading Company material
  • Content management for our external blog
  • Production assistance with our internal, weekly news program

Measurement & Analytics

  • Assist with measurement reports and ROI analysis on various communications campaigns and business initiatives.
  • Interested in data mining to find trends in news media and social media coverage.
  • Familiarity with Google Analytics, Radian 6, Cision Media Monitoring, Facebook Insights, Omniture, and other monitoring/analytics tools and databases. 

Operational Communication

  • Write and edit departmental articles/memos, blog posts, newsletters, and internal magazine stories.
  • Manage and design content for Companywide digital monitors.
  • Serve as communication liaison to field locations and/or other departments and develop strategic communication plans.
  • Assist with special projects.

Depending on the position, duties can include but are not limited to:

  • Write articles for Employee magazine, LUVLines, departmental publications, and Southwest’s onboard magazine, Spirit.
  • Prepare blog postings, press releases, memos, and letters.
  • Assist with daily communications on the Southwest Airlines corporate social media channels, scheduling the calendar daily posts/tweets to all applicable social media outlets, coordinating the editorial calendar with online activity, tracking social media influence measurements, and social media reporting.
  • Assist with measurement reports and ROI analysis on various communications campaigns and business initiatives.
  • Work with the Multimedia Team to storyboard, develop, and create webisodes and external video content.
  • Design content for digital signs.
  • Assist with loading and scheduling content for Nuts About Southwest blog and Employee departmental websites.
  • Support communication for Southwest’s community, citizenship, and sustainability/green initiatives, including communication planning, content development, and project management
  • Edit and proofread Company material.
  • Serve as communication liaison to field locations and/or other departments.
  • Participate in event planning, speech preparations, and escorting news crews
  • Attend cross-functional meetings as needed.
  • Complete special projects as needed.
  • Assist with strategic communications planning.
  • Possible travel involved. 

Basic Qualifications:

High School Diploma, GED or equivalent education required.
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Must have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986.

EDUCATION:

Progress towards degree, major, or minor in a Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Emerging Media, Business or Communications related field required.

Minimum junior status or above.
To be eligible must be currently enrolled as a full time student (min. 12 credit hours).
Maintained 3.0 or above cumulative GPA.

Experience:

  • Communications related work experience preferred (part-time jobs, internships, etc).
  • Writing experience preferred (school newsletter, business, or creative).
  • Experience using the Adobe Suite a plus (specifically Photoshop).
  • Experience with measurement tools and databases (i.e. – Cision, Radian 6, Omniture, Google Analytics, etc.) preferred.
  • Leadership experience is a plus.
  • Participation in trade/industry organizations, community involvement, and/or school clubs preferred.
  • Event planning experience preferred.
  • Knowledge and skills in using social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) preferred.
  • Experience using Documentum (or other content management system) is a plus.

Skills/Abilities/Knowledge/Work Style:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Must possess a strong proficiency of the English language, including superior grammar, spelling, and organizational skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Applications, specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
  • Must have a passion for social media.
  • Understanding of the airline/travel industry is a plus.
  • Possess a strong understanding of how Customers and Employees use communication channels to communicate with the Southwest brand
  • Must excel in content creation such as script writing, video editing, storytelling, and creative writing
  • Ability to work independently and the willingness to function as part of a Team.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects under tight deadlines and work well under pressure.
  • Must have ability to comprehend, proofread, and edit a variety of documents with a keen eye for accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Must handle confidential and sensitive information with the utmost professionalism.
  • Must be able to present self well to meet public and have the ability to present in large or small settings. Public speaking skills and/or experience a plus.

Provide the following information (if requested):

Resume.

Unofficial transcript.

“Why Southwest Airlines” essay (Length determined by author.)
One press release writing sample – published or un-published.
Letters of Recommendation.

Time Commitment:

Full-time – 40 hours/week. 

PAY:

$12 hourly + flight privileges

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Birmingham National Senior Games

About the Internship:

The NSGA is offering a three week internship that puts you in the local sports marketing field. Intern assignments will include: photojournalism, creative journalism, and social media. This opportunity will provide a unique chance to gain daily-deadline marketing and communications experience with a nationally known large-scale sporting event. All 19 medal events will need coverage in the form of text, video and photography. A stipend for this internship will be provided.

Start date: May 29

End date: June 19

About the National Senior Games: 

The National Senior Games are held every two years in different major cities across the United States. Cities such as St. Louis, Baton Rouge, and Columbus have played host to The Games, and it is an honor for Birmingham to be selected to host in 2017. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase its culinary scene, craft breweries, and southern hospitality! The Games include 19 sporting events performed across 14 venues city-wide. Participants range ages 50 and up, and are encouraged to compete not only in the spirit of healthy competition, but to promote active aging for seniors. Athletes range from newcomers, to enthusiasts, to former Olympians.  In order to effectively run The Games, we will need over 3,000 volunteers over the two week period.

To apply, send an email with examples of your work portfolio, resume and contact information to news@nsga.com. For more information about Knight Eady, visit knighteady.com

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