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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

U.S. Dept. of Labor in Philadelphia

The U.S. Department of Labor is currently seeking students for our fall public affairs internship program. This is open to high-performing undergraduate juniors and seniors and graduate students in Public Relations, Communication, and/or Journalism programs.

The internship will likely begin on September 6 (or September 13) and will run through the first week in December. Though it is unpaid, a transit subsidy is provided for interns who use SEPTA or PATCO.

We are conducting phone interviews this week and next, and plan to make final decisions in the next two weeks. If a student is interested, please encourage them to immediately contact me.

About the internship

The fall internship will primarily entail writing multiple "Working for You" worker success story blogs (see those here https://blog.dol.gov/tag/dol-working-for-you). This includes setting up and conducting interviews with workers across the region, obtaining an appropriate photo from the interviewee that will run with the blog, and writing/editing the blog. The blogs run on both the DOL blog site and in the national weekly e-newsletter, https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/newsletter, which has about 450K subscribers!

Additional duties will include occasionally writing short articles and taking photos at internal and external agency events and outreach programs, for posting on our intranet website Labor Net; editing short articles written by Job Corps Centers across the region for posting on Labor Net; internet research; providing public affairs support for a community relations project with DOL and a local high school; representing the Office of Public Affairs at internal and external meetings and on internal program committees; and performing administrative duties in the office.

Scheduling wise, we’re looking for students with availability on Wednesdays during the hours of 9-2pm to work in our Philadelphia office. There will likely also be a few additional hours (probably no more than 5) during the week that will be reserved as a work-from-home day, where the intern will work off site and primarily focus on blog writing/blog interviews during that timeframe, and will receive instruction from us telephonically and via email.  We will be flexible with this so it works out best for both the student and our office.

Joanna P. Hawkins
Deputy Regional Director
U.S. Labor Department 
Office of Public Affairs – Philadelphia Region
215-861-5101 – Office
215-205-4457 – Cell

Monday, January 27, 2014

Abbey Theatre Professional Internship

If you're interested in theater and Irish studies, please consider applying for this remarkable internship at the historic Abbey Theatre.

The Abbey Theatre Internship program is accepting applications now throughFebruary 10th. This is an incredible opportunity for an enterprising student—more information is listed on our website: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/theatre/abbey.html

The Villanova University-Abbey Theatre Exchange Program will provide a grant to a Villanova student to intern at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland during the summer season. Founded in 1904, the Abbey Theatre is a world-class institution that actively engages and reflects Irish society. It is also one of the most enduring institutions in literary history and has long occupied an important place in Irish emigrant cultures around the world.

The paid internship will begin at the end of May and continue for eight weeks into July. The student will work alongside theatre professionals in the day-to-day operations of Ireland’s national theatre and help run a new program—the Abbey Theatre Summer Studio. Junior and senior undergraduates and graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences at Villanova University are eligible. A grade point average of at least 3.0 is required.

Students studying in any Arts and Sciences discipline—particularly Irish Studies, Theatre, English, Media Relations, and Performance Studies—are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must demonstrate:
  • Interest in and/or knowledge of Ireland and Irish culture
  • Knowledge of dramatic literature and/or theatre practice
  • Excellent research, writing, speaking, and presentation skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

Friday, January 10, 2014

Publishing Internship at Quaker Journal

The First Day is a new journal inspired by Quaker faith, seeking to foster dialogue about the individual spiritual experience. We blend nonfiction stories of journey and discovery with fiction, poetry, visual arts, and reviews. We publish online daily on our blog, and issue a quarterly print journal of longer pieces.

We’re looking for a creative, enthusiastic intern who connects with our mission and is willing to do the following: read and give feedback on submissions, write occasionally on our blog, post to social media, and help with marketing and promoting our magazine.

Those students interested in entering the field of writing and publishing are preferred, though we’ll consider other applicants. Please make yourself familiar with our publication by visiting our website, www.firstdaypress.org.

To apply, please email the editor Jana Llewellyn at jana@firstdaypress.orgwith an attached resume/CV (doc, docx, Google Doc, or PDF) and description of why you’d be a good fit for the internship. Show off your writing abilities and share your professional/academic experience. Include two names and phone numbers/email addresses for references.

Thank you so much for your interest!
Check out The First Day, a new magazine focusing on spirituality through fiction, nonfiction, cultural reviews and poetry.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Public Relations/Communications Internship at U.S. Labor Department in Philadelphia


Looking for a great opportunity to gain real-world experience working in a fast-paced, federal government communications office? THIS IS THE INTERNSHIP FOR YOU!! 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Public Affairs Internship is open to Junior, Senior and Graduate Student Communication, Public Relations, Advertising, English, and Journalism majors. To participate, students must be currently enrolled in school and located in the greater Philadelphia area.

This internship is for academic credit only. However, a transit subsidy is provided for interns who commute on SEPTA and PATCO only.

  • Writing/editing press releases, media advisories, news briefs, blogs, Tweets, Facebook posts, and informational blurbs for DOL’s weekly online national newsletter
  • Writing feature stories and photo cutlines for DOL internal website LaborNet and internal, monthly e-magazine Frances Magazine
  • Creating photo/ video content for internal and external publics
  • Conducting research to further develop internal media relations database and enhance regional media
    relations outreach efforts
  • Performing light administrative work

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, experience (preferred) using AP Stylebook guidelines, good computer skills, and a professional and positive attitude
  • Experience with public relations and social media measurement tools and thorough knowledge of social media platforms
  • Students must be able to meet the minimum time commitment, 8-10 hours/week
  • Bilingual students are encouraged to apply


Email your cover letter, resume, three (3) writing samples and three (3) references to: 
Deputy Regional Director Joanna Hawkins - hawkins.joanna@dol.gov 

For more information, call 215-861-5101

Thursday, March 28, 2013

US Labor Department Public Relations Internship

The U.S. Labor Department's Regional Office of Public Affairs in Center City, Philadelphia, is actively recruiting for their 2013 Public Relations summer and fall internships!

We are looking for undergraduate and graduate Journalism, Communication, Public Relations and/or English majors.

NOTE: This is a for credit only internship. Students typically receive up to three (3) credit hours for successful completion of the internship.

FYI - we provide a transit subsidy for our interns to assist with costs incurred commuting via public transportation using SEPTA or PATCO only.

The deadline to submit all application materials is April 1, 2013. Selections for both semesters will be made by May 1, 2013.

Click here to see the official flyer.

*If you choose to apply for this internship, it could count for credit in our program if linked to a PRO project on Public Relations or Federal employment.

Women's Way of Philadelphia

Women's Way of Philadelphia is advertising for a paid intern position for a graduate student this summer. It's pretty well paid ($6,000 for 10 weeks of full-time work running from late May/early June to mid/late August). Anyone enrolled in a grad program -- or who has finished a grad degree in the last calendar year -- is eligible to apply. Application deadline is April 5.

Click here to learn more!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Abbey Theatre Internship Grant

The Villanova University-Abbey Theatre Exchange program was established in 2011, linking the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with the prestigious national theater of Ireland. As a development of this historic intellectual and artistic partnership, Villanova has announced an “Abbey Theatre Internship Grant,” which will provide a University student with the funding to travel abroad and work for the Abbey Theatre for eight weeks during the summer of 2013. In addition to bringing the finest Irish theatre practitioners to Villanova, the exchange program now provides a grant for a Villanova student to intern at the Abbey Theatre during their prominent summer season.

The University’s exchange program with the Abbey Theatre has created a bridge between the renowned Irish institution and Villanova’s Irish Studies Program and Theater Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The collaboration brings some of Ireland’s preeminent theatre practitioners to the University’s campus to offer graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as workshops, conferences, lectures and other events that will be open to the public.

The recipient of the Abbey Theatre Internship Grant will be announced at Villanova University’s annual Abbey Theatre Lecture on Feb. 18, 2013, featuring award-winning Irish playwright Frank McGuinness. The internship program, which will begin at the end of May and continue for eight weeks, provides a student with the opportunity to work alongside theater professionals in the day-to-day operations of Ireland’s national theater and to help develop an innovative summer program for theater students. Application guidelines for the grant will be posted on the Villanova University Irish Studies Program Website. Students who have at least junior status or are enrolled in a graduate program in the College of Liberal Arts and Science at Villanova University are eligible.

Applications are due by Jan. 11, 2013.