Author: Rand Nelson

U. S. Department of Interior

Employer: U.S. Dept. of Interior – Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

Job Type: Internship – Full-Time

The Semester Intern will be involved in
developing their portfolio through drafting press releases, working on briefing
documents, developing web content, conducting research around current policies,
and more. The Semester Intern will work with the Chief of Communications, as
well as the legislative affairs and other staff, to support the needs of the
office in a myriad of ways.

The Semester Internship Program provides a career exploration opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates. Interns work in OSMRE Headquarters, regional, and field offices and gain professional experience with a federal regulatory agency.Interns conduct research assignments and participate in group projects to build their resumes in their fields of interest. Assignments include environmental science, community development, communications, data analysis, and more.Must be enrolled in an accredited educational institution, vocational school, or be a recent graduateSummer Semester (10 weeks), Spring Semester (15 weeks), Fall Semester (15 weeks).

To apply for this internship and more, visit Handshake.

Four National Honors for Alpine Living

University of Alabama student-produced magazine, Alpine Living, has won two national honors from the Associated Collegiate Press Awards. Every year, the ACP presents individual awards, recognizing the best individual or group projects in collegiate journalism. The annual ACP awards are for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism and considered to be the pre-eminent award for professional organizations.

In March, 2017 fifteen students from the Department of Journalism and Creative Media traveled to New Zealand to create and product a 100+ page, full-gloss magazine promoting the art, history, culture, people, and traditions of New Zealand. This is the seventh edition of Alpine Living magazine, a biannual, semester-long production course.

APR Students Raise $135,000 to Feed Hungry Children

Over the past 13 semesters, advertising and public relations students have raised over $135,000 to feed Alabama K-12 students in a partnership with Secret Meals for Hungry Children.

Students enrolled in APR 419, Public Relations Concepting and Implementation, organize and promote a series of fundraisers, partnering with local restaurants and entertainment venues to provide money benefitting the organization. To date, these students have collected over 2,750 service learning hours.

IRTS Summer Fellowship

The IRTS Summer Fellowship Program is the cornerstone program of the IRTS Foundation. Often referred to as a “media boot camp,” this highly selective program teaches a talented group of up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world through an all-expense-paid internship in New York City, which includes practical experience and career-planning advice.
Those selected for the Fellowship receive:
  *   Round trip travel to and from NYC. (air, train, or driving mileage reimbursement)
  *   Housing at a downtown Manhattan university dormitory in a shared suite setting.
  *   A living allowance to defray cost of food and personal expenses.
  *   A full-time internship at a top New York media company that aligns with a student’s interests and career goals.
  *   Weekly events including panel discussions, company visits and speakers.
  *   The IRTS Foundation also provides extensive career counseling and networking opportunities to ensure that each student makes the most of this New York experience!
Eligible students have the chance to participate in an exciting media industry internship in New York City that includes travel, accommodations and an allowance! Students must be college juniors, seniors, or graduate students as of April 2018.
Students selected for this highly competitive program learn about opportunities throughout the media industry, in addition to interning at a specific company where skills are matched to a corresponding area of our business. Accomplished students from all majors (including math, liberal arts, computer science, business, marketing, communications, etc.) are encouraged to apply.
The IRTS Summer Fellowship Program has had a key role in launching the careers of top professionals in the media business for more than 45 years.
For detailed eligibility information and to learn more click here: IRTS SUMMER FELLOWSHIP DETAILS.
About IRTS: The IRTS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which brings together the wisdom and power of today’s leaders to train and educate the next generation of media and communication professionals through its many educational programs and diversity initiatives. IRTS programs ensure that our business reaches its highest potential in this exciting digital age.

UA OTT: PR Intern

Description: The Office for Technology Transfer (OTT) is looking for a high energy, highly motivated individual to help build and transmit the OTT brand and message. The student assistant will work with OTT staff to develop public messages that will help facilitate the commercialization of University technology.  Activities to perform will include 1) the research of prospective industries to determine marketing content message needs, 2) assisting OTT to develop and monitor key performance indicators of outreach efforts through tools such as Google Analytics, Social Media Analytics tools, and MixPanel to optimize said efforts 3) developing content, written and video, that enhances the OTT message & goals for distribution, 4) coordinating with OTT marketing team to create and fill in a content distribution calendar.  The technologies come from across campus and cover multiple disciplines such as engineering, biology, chemistry, library science, etc.  Additional activities might include attending OTT events and assisting with taking pictures and live Tweeting events.

Qualifications: Public relations, marketing, sales, business, engineering, or science undergraduate or graduate student. Assistant must have the ability to effectively and consciously communicate technical topics into simple, easy to understand materials.  Must be comfortable cold calling potential customers. They must also be willing to work independently and as part of a team, be comfortable asking questions and learning in an ambiguous situation, and conducting themselves in a professional manner.

Experience with digital marketing, SEO marketing, or WordPress, or the desire acquire these skills, are preferred but not required.

Time Commitment: 15-20 hours per week

Pay: Commensurate with experience and education level

If interested, please send resume and course schedule to Ben Bickerstaff with email address:

2017 Speak Off Winners Announced

The 2017 Speak Off was held in Russell Hall Auditorium Nov. 7, where six finalists presented informative speeches originally prepared for their class, COM 123, Public Speaking.

Christian Holt took home first place and The Oscar Newton Award of $200 for his informative speech comparing and contrasting the benefits and experiences of a four-year institution and a community college.

Research and Creative Activity: Dr. Josh Pederson

Have you ever wondered about the toll your daily stress level could have on your health over a long period of time? What about whether or not your interpersonal relationships can add to that stress? C&IS professor, Dr. Josh Pederson is asking those same questions, and now he’s got the grant funding to find out.

Pederson is part of a research team that has been awarded a Level-2, collaborative project grant from the Research Grant Committee at The University of Alabama. Totaling over $26,000, this grant is the first of its kind for the College of Communication and Information Sciences.

Plank Center Holds Annual “Milestones in Mentoring” Gala

The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations celebrated its 8th Annual “Milestones in Mentoring” Gala at the Union League Club of Chicago on Thursday, Oct. 26. Close to 300 public relations professionals, educators and students were in attendance, including 24 faculty, staff, students and alumni from The University of Alabama.

Each year, the Center recognizes influential leaders whose commitment to mentoring generates a powerhouse of influence and accelerates success in our profession.

Capstone Agency Wins Best Campaign, Best Tactic at PRSSA National

Capstone Agency has been awarded Best Campaign and Best Tactic in the 2017 Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Student-Run Firm Awards.

Given annually at the PRSSA National Conference, these awards celebrate outstanding campaigns and tactics utilized by PRSSA’s nationally affiliated, student-run firms across the country in the previous year. Capstone Agency won Best Tactic in 2015 and was named Best Student-Run Firm in 2016.

“The community within Reese Phifer is a huge part of the continued success of our firm and our public relations students, as a whole,” said Megan Perkins, Firm Director, Capstone Agency. “You are surrounded by people who care and are involved, which makes you strive to improve, as well.”

Capstone Agency’s submission for Best Campaign was their work completed for The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, titled “Mentoring Matters.” The winning submission for Best Tactic came from the firm’s implementation flyers for their Less-Than-U-Think campaign, a campaign against binge drinking.

PRSSA has also named Capstone Agency as their Agency of Record. Under this arrangement, PRSSA becomes a client of Capstone Agency, who will conduct ongoing communication needs for the association for a two-year period.

Also recognized at the PRSSA National Conference, The University of Alabama’s PRSSA student chapter won a national award for university service for their work with the Campus Veterans Association and Beat Auburn Beat Hunger.

Capstone Agency is a nationally affiliated, student-run, integrated communications firm comprised of top communication students at The University of Alabama. They have been a student organization in the College of Communication and Information Sciences since 2010.