SJMC Monday Memo

Harkin Institute to host famed pollster

The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement would like to invite students to attend a Young Professional Brunch on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9-10:30 a.m. with nationally recognized pollster J. Ann Selzer. 

Known for leading The Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll, Selzer will present on her career and experiences, and students will have the opportunity to ask Selzer questions about her background and experience in the field of polling. The event is free to attend, and there will be food provided prior to the event. Brunch will begin at 9 a.m., and the event will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Capacity is limited to 25 people for the event and is limited to Drake University students. Please RSVP using this link:

Marketing internship available with Drake Dining

Drake Dining has a paid internship opportunity for students looking into marketing, public relations and/or communications. As marketing Intern, you would assist Drake Dining’s marketing efforts. These efforts include:

  • Social media
  • Print and digital marketing materials
  • Campus engagement through events

The intern would also analyze social media analytics to help grow outreach to more students. This position would also work on print requests. Graphic design experience is a plus but not a requirement,

Please apply on Handshake:   

Multicultural advertising internship for summer

Applications will open soon for summer 2022 internships through the Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP). Information sessions begin today, Sept. 27. Applicants must identify as Asian/Asian American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Multiracial or Multiethnic (e.g. Hispanic and Black). For more information, see

Fellowships, jobs available at Vox Media

Fellowships and jobs are available at Vox Media across a variety of marketing, communications and analytics fields. See for details.

Alumni news

Emilee Richardson, JO’09, who has been at the Science Center of Iowa for 14 years, most recently as director of marketing and public relations, has taken a job as digital and social media supervisor with the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA.

Apply for national 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.  

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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