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NCTE Communications Internship

Description

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

The internship opportunity will be held over six weeks (15 hours per week) during summer 2021. The intern will work on various communications projects, including helping with social media content, supporting NCTE Twitter Chats, creating emails to promote live events, drafting press releases, and developing copy for NCTE.org. In addition to these projects, the intern will also spend some of their time with key NCTE staff from Marketing, Membership, Publications, Events, and other departments to learn about day-to-day NCTE operations. The NCTE is a fully remote organization, so the intern must have access to a computer, video camera, and reliable internet access.

Stipends from Sigma Tau Delta and NCTE

  • Sigma Tau Delta will award the NCTE intern a $300 stipend.
  • NCTE will provide the intern with a $1,000 stipend.

The intern will also receive a one-year complimentary NCTE membership after successful completion of the program, as well as a certificate of participation.

Publication

The intern’s work may be published on various NCTE social channels, and NCTE.org.

Internship Experience

The intern will report to the NCTE’s Communications Manager and will receive coaching focused on writing and creating engaging content for NCTE social media channels, NCTE.org and possibly external digital channels. Coaching will be flexible and adaptable to the student’s schedule consisting of no more than 15 hours per week for six weeks in June/July. All training sessions will be conducted online via Zoom.

Qualifications

  • Strong writing skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Flexible and adaptable to potential changes in schedule
  • Experience and demonstrated success working in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally
  • Ability to work in close collaboration with others
  • Comfortable with approaching sources of information, asking questions, and quickly gathering accurate information
  • Working knowledge of social media best practices

Candidate Membership Eligibility

Active Sigma Tau Delta undergraduate student members in good standing during the application period and members of chapters located within the 50 United States are eligible to apply. Members who have or will be graduating during the 2021 spring semester are also eligible to apply.

Other

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. Cover Letter
    Highlight why this opportunity is important to you and how it can help your career after graduation.

  3. Letter of Reference (1)

  4. Writing samples
    While not required, we encourage you to provide samples of your writing. These could include items like a blog post, a college paper, content you produced for a college/university event, or a story you published in a college newspaper or other publication. (Please provide up to three samples in PDF format).

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 all applications and will conduct interviews with finalists.

Application Dates

The link for applying will be posted here between April 12 and 26. The internship will be awarded by May 15.

Application Guidelines

AwardSpring

AwardSpring Application Link

Sigma Tau Delta uses the AwardSpring platform for the application process to apply, submit required materials, and request recommendation letters. The link for the application will be posted here on April 12, 2021.

Step 1

Register for an AwardSpring account with your email address and a password.

Step 2

Complete the questionnaire, including contact and academic information, to determine if you are eligible to appy for the Internship.

Step 3

Request a letter of recommendation via the AwardSpring application.

  • Request the letter through the AwardSpring application.
  • Although the application is due by April 26, the recommendation letter is due no later than April 29.

Step 4

  • Complete all question fields about the internship.
  • Upload Materials
    1. Resume/CV
    2. Cover Letter
      Highlight why this opportunity is important to you and how it can help your career after graduation.

    3. Writing Samples
      While not required, we encourage you to provide samples of your writing. These could include items like a blog post, a college paper, content you produced for a college/university event, or a story you published in a college newspaper or other publication (please provide up to three samples in PDF format).

Application Deadline and Notification

The application deadline is Monday, April 26 2021, 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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Past Recipients

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