Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fall internships, part and full time. Great opportunities!

Here are some internship opportunities still available for fall. Shoot me an email if you have any questions, or if you'd like me to take a quick look at your resume and cover letter.
(If you don't see something you want, keep checking back. I'll be updating as I get new listings. )

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is looking for several UMass interns to write and help produce online materials for its website. This 10-15 hour per week, paid internship is an outstanding opportunity for the student with good writing and multimedia skills, including digital images, audio and some video skills. Ideally, the service would like a year-long commitment, but if you can only do one semester, apply anyway. Some travel around the northeast may be involved, to develop content about the different refuges the service oversees. This is a fantastic experience for UMass Journalism students interested in environmental issues, government service, public policy and journalism. The office is located on Route 9 in Hadley, on a bus route. If you are interested in one of these positions, please email:

The Massachusetts Governor’s office has several internships. This program is run by Christina Mills, a UMass Journalism alum, who is hoping for more representation from our program. It's a terrific experience for students interested in government, public policy and political reporting, as well as public relations. If you are interested, hurry up and contact:

Free Press is now accepting applications for fall and spring semesters for its Massachusetts offices, located in Florence, Mass., just outside of Northampton. Interns work on media research, policy, development, communications, and operations, and also sit in on team and staff meetings to get an inside view into how a national nonprofit functions on a day-to-day basis. Interns must make a minimum 10-week and 10-hour-a-week commitment. College credit, work study and "commuter stipends" are available. Click here for info.

The Family Business Center at UMass serves a niche audience of family business owners. There are lots of stories here, and the center is looking for a work-study-eligible intern who can write and post content on the program’s website. It's a good internship for someone interested in business writing or public relations. Plus, it's on-campus and can fit with an academic schedule. Contact: director Ira Bryck

The Montague Reporter is looking for students who are interested in covering the Montague area. This internship pays a small stipend per story. The intern will serve as “beat” reporter, covering specified town government meetings and functions, and producing one or two news stories weekly based on that coverage. Most stories are expected to be 500-1000 words. The total time commitment is expected to be 10-15 hours per week. The weekly deadline is Tuesday at noon, and stories should generally be submitted within 12-14 hours after a meeting or event.
Contact: David Detmold, (413) 863-8666.

I am looking for a part-time intern to work on my website and publishing company for midlife women, This will involve writing, editing, blog posting and working with the open source web platform called drupal. I also publish hard-copy booklets, so I need some help in that department as well. Looking for a student with energy and sense of humor, who is a good writer and interested in writing for older women. Please e-mail me if you are interested. Daniella Bordonaro, who was a women's studies/journalism major, worked for me last semester and did an outstanding job. You can see her work on the site.


Leah Assad said...

Internships are important and I did the one in the Governor's Press Office! Here's a video showing some of what you can do there (it's even BETTER than it sounds)

Also BJ- It's scary to me all the posts and claims going around that you CAN NOT get a job out there right now. I think it's terrifying and debilitating people from moving forward. As much as I love reading Zac Bissonnette's work on Daily Beast - this one kind of scared me

My strategy? Ignore it all. Things may be a disaster nationally but that doesn't necessarily shatter all of your networking efforts. There are jobs- relevant ones- just stay positive.


BJ Roche said...

Thanks, Leah, this is so true!

I just finished reading this summer's internship papers (I'm going to post later on today), and I'm more encouraged than I was six months ago about the opportunities IF you work hard and have a good skills set.

Anonymous said...

Glad I could scare you Leah!!! ;)

I agree that the best thing to do is to ignore it to some extent and not get discouraged but at the same time people have to be realistic. . . There's a very good chance that people graduating now will have a few years of temping and tossing pizzas before they get their dream jobs and there's nothing fatal about that.

And hey, if you need cash NOW, check out this video we just did:

Take care,

Zac Bissonnette