SJMC Monday Memo

SJMC alum, screenwriter John August to network with students

John August, JO’92, will be the guest of the Student Alumni Association’s virtual Table for Ten event on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 7-8 p.m. CDT. August is a screenwriter and book author known for his longtime working relationship with the director Tim Burton. His credits include “Go,” “Big Fish, “Titan A.E.” and the Charlie’s Angels films. Students can register by filling out the Google form here:

Apply for prestigious magazine internship

You could spend next summer working for a national magazine brand as an ASME intern. Considered one of the most prestigious internships in the country, the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) summer internship program pairs roughly 30 students from across the U.S. with brands in Washington, D.C. and New York City. For 12 weeks students are immersed in the media world, working alongside industry veterans creating everything from great print stories to breaking web content. You could be one of them. 

Eligible students will have completed their junior year by June 2022 and must be willing to spend the summer — early June to early August 2022 — in New York City or Washington, D.C. Previous experience as an intern for a publication or with a campus magazine is preferred. 

To apply, you must submit your PDF application to Professor Inman via email or link to by 5 p.m. CDT Oct. 15, 2021. Your application must include the following: 

1. Resume 
2. Cover letter 
3. Five published work samples 

Students accepted into the program will be assigned by ASME to various publications based on their skill set and the needs of the magazines. Applicants may not get their preferred magazine; they will, however, always get invaluable experience. This internship is paid.  

Drake Community Press hiring social, graphics intern

Do you love social media and graphic design? Do you have a passion for community?  Have you ever wanted to be part of a book project? The Drake Community Press is seeking a student to be the next paid graphics intern. This intern will attend weekly intern meetings and monthly Planning Council meetings, and do the remainder of their work on their own time (approximately three to five hours per week). Tasks will include running the DCP social media accounts (including making graphics and creating captions), designing and producing promotional materials, and creating an Adobe Spark Page about the Drake Community Press. Interest in website design and maintenance preferred, but not required. Visit or contact for more information.

Periphery seeks editors, art apprentice

Periphery Art and Literary Journal is hiring editors and an art apprentice. Duties for these paid, year-long positions will include reading submitted manuscripts, attending meetings, and deciding with fellow staff what appears in the journal. The art apprentice will also aid in design. Applications are due Sept. 30, 11:59 p.m. Please email with any questions. 

Public relations scholarship available

The $1,500 Ferne Bonomi and Dr. Henry Milam Undergraduate Scholarship is available for a current Public Relations Student Society of America member. All applications are due Oct. 1, 2021, and winners will be notified by November 2021. Drake University SJMC graduate Greta Haas was the 2020 scholarship winner. Learn more and apply on the PRSA Iowa website. Please direct questions to Ryan Johnson at

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