Communications Internship

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Engineering
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is seeking a student communications intern to fill a part-time, writing-intensive position that will assist the department’s communications strategist. The student will be asked to work approximately 15 hours per week, which may include some evening and weekend hours at activities and events. Responsibilities will include: researching and writing news releases, feature stories and media alerts; generating story ideas about CEE students and related activities; helping to maintain the department’s social media presence including Facebook and Twitter; shooting photos and videos of CEE people and events; serving as a liaison to CEE student organizations; maintaining distribution lists; and assisting in special events. The ideal candidate should have strong writing, reporting and interviewing skills and be curious about activities related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The applicant must be dependable, flexible and organized. The candidate must demonstrate attention to detail and possess solid oral communication skills. The internship is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students majoring in journalism, public relations, or a related field. Applicants must have, at the very least, completed the writing course COMM 260W and be familiar with social media platforms. Courses in advanced writing and editing, photography, video and digital media are desirable. Experience with photo editing and publication layout software (Adobe InDesign) preferred. This paid internship is for spring 2019 with an excellent possibility of refunding beyond the spring semester. Students may alternatively take the internship for credit. Candidates who are contacted for an interview should be prepared to submit three current writing samples. In order to apply for this position, please upload a current resume and cover letter.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088