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NCTE Communications Internship

Description

Sigma Tau Delta encourages student members with a focus on communications and/or journalism to apply for the NCTE Communications Internship, which will support the 2020 NCTE Convention.

Prior to the Convention, held annually in mid-November, the intern will receive online coaching for the process of writing a “daily digest” about the event. The intern may complete internship coaching from any location, so long as they have a video camera and reliable internet access. The intern and NCTE staff will work collaboratively to name and brand the new communication digest.

The intern will travel to the convention site in Denver, CO, to cover the Convention from November 19 to 22, 2020.

Sigma Tau Delta will award the NCTE Convention Intern a $300 stipend. NCTE will provide travel to and from the Convention site, hotel lodging expenses, and an additional $500 honorarium. The intern will also receive a one year complimentary NCTE membership after successful completion of the program.

Publication

The intern’s work will be published on the NCTE Blog and other digital media platforms.

Coaching

The coaching will focus on reporting, writing, and creating engaging content for the NCTE website and social media channels. NCTE will use established templates and have a full-time photographer who will provide the bulk of the imagery. In order to create a large volume of content in a very short period of time at the Convention, training and preparation in advance will focus on learning what to look for in covering events, learning the particular nuances of how to write for NCTE, practicing the processes NCTE uses to get pieces from initial drafts to full publication, and how to craft social media pieces that work in coordination with longer articles.

Coaching will be flexible and adaptable to the student’s schedule consisting of no more than 10 hours per month leading up to November. All training sessions will be conducted via Zoom/online during the months of September and October preceding the Convention.

Qualifications

  • Strong writing skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Flexible and adaptable as changes in schedule and spontaneous ideas emerge
  • Experience and demonstrated success working in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively and in a professional manner
  • Ability to work in close collaboration with others
  • Comfortable approaching sources, asking questions, and quickly gathering accurate quotes from responses
  • Knowledge of how to use social media

Candidate Membership Eligibility

Active Sigma Tau Delta undergraduate and graduate student members in good standing during the application period are eligible to apply. Members who have or will be graduating during the 2020 spring semester are also eligible to apply. 

Sigma Tau Delta Stipend

$300 stipend will be awarded by Sigma Tau Delta and distributed according to the following schedule:

  • September 30 - $150
  • October 30 - $150

NCTE will cover the intern’s travel expenses, hotel room, and a $500 honorarium for their work during the three day convention in Denver, CO, November 19-22.

Other

  1. A certificate of participation will be offered by NCTE.
  2. The internship may be eligible for college credit at the intern’s home institution provided it qualifies under the rules and regulations of that institution. Should the student pursue this option, it is their responsibility to submit application materials and pay the tuition and fees.

Application Guidelines

Application Document Requirements

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Letter of Reference
  3. Writing Samples
  • Writing Prompt: Review the 2019 Annual Convention recap. Imagine you are writing a blog post for our website and in no more than 500 words answer one of the following questions:

    1. What were the highlights of the 2019 NCTE Annual Convention?
    2. Why should English teachers attend the NCTE Annual Convention?

  • Social Media Sample: NCTE’s overall online presence during the Annual Convention is important. Review our Convention website and craft and upload the following as a PDF:

    One (1) Twitter post with image;
    One (1) Facebook post with image; and
    One (1) Instagram post with image.

Review Process

Applications will be submitted through AwardSpring, and vetted for membership before being sent to NCTE for their review and selection.

NCTE will review and interview the candidates who make it to the final round, as NCTE staff will work most closely with the chosen candidate on the ground in Denver.

Application Dates

The link for applying will be posted here between June 1 and 22. The internship will be awarded during the month of July.

Application Deadline and Notification

The application deadline is Monday, June 22, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT). Questions regarding the online submission process should be addressed to sigmatdapply@niu.edu.

Following the internship, stipend recipients are required to submit an article (400-600 words) for WordybyNature, the official Society blog, sharing such things as how the internship contributed to their professional growth or field of study; its impact on their future career plans; and the importance of the funding to the internship experience.

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