This webpage serves as a resource for C&IS students to search for internships in communication and media. The job postings are intended for all undergraduate majors and are for internships located in the state, region and internationally. No representations are made about the job postings included on this site. Advertisement of these job postings should not be interpreted as an endorsement or otherwise encouragement for students to apply for positions. Students bear the burden of researching all employers, and terms of employment, before responding to the job postings.

Nature of Work

This is an unpaid, Student Internship position for each of the following departments: Administration (Business Relations, Communications and Multicultural Affairs), Animal Services, City Council, Community Development, Emergency Management (EMA), Engineering, Finance, Geographic Information System (GIS), Information Technology  Services, Legal (Prosecution Office), Planning, Natural Resources and Traffic Engineering.

Visit (Download PDF reader) for a brief summary of the intern positions that are available in each department.

The Student Internship position is an assignment designed to accommodate an internship in a technical, public administration, or business job function. This internship requires that the student be enrolled in a college/university working toward a degree in disciplines such as Accounting, Business, Communications, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Engineering, Human Resources, Public Administration, Public Relations, Urban Development, Wastewater Design, or related field, or a student who has graduated from college no more than six (6) months prior to placement in the Internship Program. The student will develop public administration acumen and sharpen management skills in operating major functions in a public service environment. Assists in a wide variety of administrative and professional tasks in one of various city departments; provides research assistance, writes reports, and make recommendation on matters under study; gathers, compiles, tabulates and reports statistical data; acquires working knowledge of department practices, procedures, equipment and organization system; interviews and consults with officials, employees and other interested persons or groups on matters related to work assignments. Requires regular and prompt attendance plus the ability to work well with others and work well as a team.Performs related work as required.

This is a ten (10) week program. Our student intern orientation is tentatively scheduled for Monday, June 4, 2018. Details concerning the orientation will be sent to the chosen participants at a later date. The Internship Program will  commence June 4, 2018 and will end August 3, 2018.

Work is primarily performed in an office environment. However, work may be performed in a field setting. Office work is essentially sedentary with occasional walking, bending, lifting or minimal physical activities. Field work requires frequent physical effort such as standing and walking. Computer work requires manual dexterity.


Applicants May Obtain a Copy of the City of Huntsville’s EEOP Short Form Upon Request

Minimum Education, Training and Experience

High school diploma from a school accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or GED certificate issued by the appropriate state agency. Verification of student college enrollment is required. A 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or better cumulative GPA. Prior work experience, community involvement or participation in extra-curricular activities. Able to perform basic technical and business related functions. Applicant must be flexible and willing to work indoors and outdoors. Working knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook).Knowledge of computers and applicable software. Knowledge of business English, spelling and arithmetic. Knowledge of records management policies, procedures, and processes.Knowledge of office practices, procedures and equipment.Knowledge of filing systems. Knowledge of components, parts, and other equipment in assigned area. Ability to calculate and maintain accurate records; compile and prepare detailed reports. Ability to type on a computer keyboard and applicable software performing data entry and clerical support functions. Ability to set up and manipulate spread sheets. Ability to maintain and use an alphabetical and numerical filing system. Ability to operate computer and applicable software, printer, scanner, paging system, multi-line phone system, calculator, and standard office equipment, while performing essential functions. Ability to disseminate information in a timely and accurate manner. Ability to prioritize and organize work. Ability to work on multiple tasks at one time. Ability to interact with the public and provide information in a polite and efficient manner both in person and on the telephone. Ability to speak clearly and concisely on a telephone.


Candidates for the Student Internship program must be at least nineteen (19) years of age.

  • Candidates for the Student Internship program must provide a cover letter and resume.
  • Candidates for the Student Internship program must also complete the essay questions below. Please respond in 300-500 words–shorter submissions will be considered incomplete and those applications will not be considered. The essay questions are as follows:
  1. Explain your commitment to public service and service to the City of Huntsville generally–include an instance when you asserted your leadership in a community or civic activity, what you learned, and how you think this internship could further advance your leadership and personal goals in this area.
  2. Choose one of your preference departments and explain why you want to work there and what you would bring to the department.

Please attach the cover letter, resume and responses to the essay questions to your online application. These documents must be submitted under the “Attachment” section of the online application

To apply, please visit


About Internship

Maddox for Governor is seeking campaign interns for our Tuscaloosa headquarters. A campaign internship is a valuable opportunity for students with interest in working in public service, government, or politics. Interns will have hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations of a statewide political campaign.

We are looking for hard-working and detail-oriented applicants who posses great time management and communication skills. A strong commitment to electing Mayor Walt Maddox to the Governor’s office is required. Interns must be team players and willing to help out in all departments of the campaign. Interns will work directly with campaign staff. Interns will assist in daily office operations, field work, conduct research on issues facing Alabama, prepare briefings for the candidate, staff campaign events and rallies, and various other tasks.

To apply for this internship and more, visit Handshake.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell (AL-07) is now accepting applications for internship positions in her Washington D.C. office for the summer of 2018. This is a great opportunity for students and recent graduates to learn how Congress works first hand. Interns will have a number of responsibilities, including performing legislative research, drafting letters to constituents, attending committee hearings, giving U.S. Capitol tours to visitors and providing administrative assistance to Congresswoman Sewell and her staff.  Applications are due March 9th, 2018.
Intern Requirements
  • Applicants should show an interest in public service, government, and the legislative process.
  • Preference will be given to constituents or Alabama natives, but all applications will be reviewed.
  • Applicants should have a strong academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher preferred) and be highly motivated.
  • Preference will be given to applicants that can work full time (Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm).  Under special circumstances, we will accept applicants that can work a minimum of 25 hours a week.
  • Students in all fields of study are encouraged to apply.
  • Internship positions are unpaid.
To apply, clic here and follow the directions on the page. Make sure to attach your resume, cover letter and a short writing sample.
If you have any further questions regarding Congresswoman Sewell’s internship program, please call her D.C. office at 202.225.2665.

About Marshall Space Flight Center

The Marshall Space Flight Center’s capabilities and experience are essential to nearly every facet of NASA’s mission of exploration and discovery. NASA missions supported by the Marshall Center include: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Discovery Program, Hinode, International Space Station, New Frontiers Program and Technology Demonstrators Missions. Additional information available at

About Public Affairs Internship

As part of your internship, you’ll identify and tackle a public affairs problem relevant to NASA and our audiences’ needs — including media, employees and the public at large. The position would offer exposure to the NASA public affairs, media relations and social media enterprise with emphasis on media and multimedia writing with specific focus on developing creative content for use on various social media channels. You’ll participate in a poster session, where you’ll present your work to a broad audience and submit a final written paper describing your research and results. Summer applicants must apply by March 1. Applications available at

When applying, search for Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and Public Affairs or Communications office listings.

Of particular interest are students who can take initiative, write for the web and bring creative ideas to MSFC’s social media strategy.

The Congressional Budget Office is a small nonpartisan agency that provides economic and budgetary analysis to the Congress. The Office of Communications seeks an intern with a strong work ethic to assist with the agency’s media relations and public affairs during the summer.

The successful candidate will report to the Associate Director for Communications and will serve as a key member of the communications team. Duties include responding to phone and email inquiries from the media and the public on a wide range of topics, preparing for and attending Congressional hearings, coordinating meetings with outside groups and international visitors, and working on other communications projects and planning as needed.

Previous communications interns have served a frontline role representing CBO and have interacted routinely with staff in every area of the agency.


Candidates must be working toward a master’s degree, preferably in mass communications, journalism, public policy, or a related field and should have a strong focus on and interest in government or political science.

Candidates must thrive in a fast-paced environment and be able to effectively handle multiple tasks and complete projects under tight deadlines. Strong written and oral communications skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are required. Previous experience in journalism or media relations is desired, and familiarity with and interest in social media would be a plus.

Salary and Benefits

The hourly rate ranges from $17 to $24 and will be commensurate with educational attainment and related experience. This is a temporary position that is expected to last approximately 10 weeks between May and August of 2018. The selected candidate would be expected to work a 40-hour week, but an alternate schedule may be considered. Housing and relocation expenses are not provided, but CBO’s interns are eligible for a local transportation subsidy of up to $260 per month.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, unofficial transcripts, list of coursework for the spring semester and contact information for two references at First-year graduate students must also submit unofficial undergraduate transcripts. Only complete applications will be considered. Although there is no application deadline, CBO may close this position any time after February 28, 2018 after receiving a sufficient number of applications from qualified candidates.

This position is covered by the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 as made applicable to CBO by the Congressional Accountability Act, as amended.


Nancy Fahey, Washington, DC, 202-226-2628,

To view this internship and more, visit Handshake.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has 9 PAID internship opportunities for Summer 2018 supported by the Robert Frederick Smith Fund for the Digitization and Curation of African American History. NMAAHC offers these internships to increase participation of groups who are underrepresented in the museum field. Opportunities take place in Washington, DC; Durham, NC; Pittsburgh, PA; Daytona Beach, FL; and Montgomery, AL.

Deadline: Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. March 15, 2018.

For full position descriptions, visit the Smith Fund Internships website:

1.       Digitization – 1 position at NMAAHC in Washington, DC

2.       Integrated Marketing Media – 1 position at NMAAHC in Washington, DC

3.       Web Content – 1 position at NMAAHC in Washington, DC

4.       Oral History Transcription – 2 positions at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL

5.       Oral History – 2 positions at the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL

6.       Collections Management – 1 position at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA

7.       Oral History and Digitization – 1 position at Stagville State Historic Site in Durham, NC

Sign up to attend an informational webinar February 5 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. The webinar will provide an overview of the internship program and step-by-step application instructions.

All internships are 12 weeks (35-40 hours per week) and paid a stipend of $600 per week. An additional $150 per week stipend for housing and transportation is available based on applicant need.

Interns will participate in formal mentorship and a calendar of professional development workshops. Attendance at the Association of African American Museums in August 2018 will be subsidized.

Email or call 202-633-4511 with questions.


Undergraduate students having completed at least one year of study, graduate students, and individuals working in the field less than 2 years.

  • An interest and background in African American history and culture studies
  • Some positions require specialized skills. Please see individual postings online for more details


Instructions for Washington, DC positions:

Application Portal:

For positions in NC, FL, PA, and AL, complete the application cover sheet and e-mail all materials as Word or PDF attachments to

Required documents for all positions:

  • Internship program application form
  • Resume
  • Academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Personal essay (use this to tell us how the internship will advance your academic/career goals)
  • Two letters of reference

To apply for this internship and more, visit Handshake.

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.

Direct Communications, one of Alabama’s most dynamic public relations firms and located in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama, is seeking a communications co-op student. We will provide you with challenging, hands-on experiences in a practical, learning environment. With client sectors ranging from healthcare, energy, environment, conservation, general business and governmental entities, your broad-range of experiences obtained while with Direct Communications, will serve as a springboard to a wide-range of career options upon graduation.

Our ideal candidates are students who are juniors or seniors majoring in Communications, Public Relations, Political Science or Journalism. Students should be ambitious, self-starters with excellent writing, communication, computer/technology/digital skills, as well as possessing excellent professional and organizational skills.

Qualifications include:

• Entering junior or senior year, in-process of bachelor’s degree in public relations, communications, journalism, or related field of study
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Attention to detail and outstanding proofing skills
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
• Ability to multi-task and work as part of a team
• Desire to learn and grow career-building skills
• Experience with Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign, PDF and Photoshop editing, is a plus

Coop students should be prepared to enter a professional office and be motivated to work hard each day. Duties include, but are not limited to: preparing a wide selection of written and creative materials, monitoring news coverage (traditional and digital) for client issues, facilitating a variety of social media engagement and analysis, maintaining reporter databases, and conducting research into strategic communications best practices, website development and graphic design support.


Full Time (40 hours a week)
Spring 2018 Semester (January – April 2018)
Location: Birmingham, AL
Compensation: $1,600 per month. May assist in providing college credit, if needed.

Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to Charlotte Smith at to be considered and to schedule an interview.

Peritus PR is looking for an intern in the fields of public relations and public affairs. Both of these internships are paid, working 20-30 hours a week over a 2-4 month duration.

Public Relations:

A Peritus intern will assist the entire team with various public relations efforts dedicated to support and help each client achieve their unique communications goals. Requirements for this posting are:

  • Working towards or recently earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, political science, public relations and or marketing.
  • Strong grammatical skills, including knowledge of AP Style
  • Relevant campaign/intern experience with public relations and/or politics.
  • Accuracy, attention to detail and strong research and organizational skills.
  • Self sufficient time-management skills and the ability to multi-task.
  • The focus to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Loyal client service mentality and the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Possess the ability to provide professional counsel and account support for our clients.

Public Affairs:

A Public Affairs Intern with Peritus PR will assist the public affairs team with various communications, research and grassroots efforts to help each client achieve their unique policy or issue-related initiatives and goals. Our public affairs internship attracts students who are interested in the political process or learning more about how communications plays a role in educating and influencing stakeholders important to our clients. Public affairs interns provide hands-on advocacy and grassroots support in a variety of industries and will gain experience in meaningful community relations campaigns. Requirements for this posting are:

  • Working towards or recently earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism,
    political science, public relations and/or marketing.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong grammatical skills and AP style knowledge.
  • Relevant campaign/intern experience with public relations and/or politics.
  • A passion for scanning relevant news, trends and current events for clients’ industries.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self sufficient time-management skills and the ability to multi-task.
  • Loyal client service mentality and the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Possess the ability to provide professional counsel and account support for our clients.

To apply for either of these postings, send your resume, three writing samples and a cover letter to the Peritus team no later than July 31, 2017.

Student interns for NASA will collaborate on sophisticated communications campaigns as they create web features, press releases, newsletter articles, social media posts, digital content, video news releases and contribute to press conferences, media visits and interviews. Students will track and analyze the effectiveness of communications tactics. Interns will participate in media and outreach events. Interns will contribute to social media content and posts, media relations stories and postings as well as employee communications, informational and promotional materials and event communications plans and products.

Interns would work part-time while in school and most interns have the potential to be hired as a full-time government employee. Only the first 75 students on list will be considered. Any applications received up until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time the day the limit is reached will be considered.

This internship, located in Huntsville, Alabama, begins in September 2017.

To apply for this internship, click here.

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Industry Immersion - Consider an Industry Immersion trip to visit a city of interest and network with industry professionals over three days and four nights.

If you are seeking course credit for your internships, please contact the Internship Coordinator for your major to make these arrangements prior to the term in which your internship will begin: