Monday, March 1, 2010

UIUC Students: Summer Media Internships

by Ann Abbott

Illinois Launch is a wonderful new initiative on our campus. It will highlight UIUC alumni who are entrepreneurs, and help current students achieve their entrepreneurial goals. You can read all about it at the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership's website--and even apply to participate in it.

Students, if you are looking for a wonderful summer opportunity, read the message below and apply to work on their website.

Summer Media Internships
Paid – New grads welcome
University of Illinois Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership is launching a new website. Impact Illinois focuses on entrepreneurial, innovative alumni and their accomplishments, as well as accomplishments of university students, faculty and staff. A key component will be profiles of business and social entrepreneurs. The audience is both internal and external – models for students and telling the Illinois story to others.

Two full-time internships are available for summer 2010. Interns will spend most of their time researching, interviewing, writing, and developing content for this website. Primary responsibility: create profiles of entrepreneurial alumni from colleges across the campus.

Benefits: This internship provides tremendous hands-on experience, and a portfolio for job-seeking. Graduate students and May grads are welcome to apply. Salary: $10/hour. Possibility of academic credit.

Other details: For excellent candidates, will consider hiring as part-time interns, at a minimum of 50% time. Most work is during normal business hours, but some flexibility required. Possibility of occasional regional travel. The Academy staff is collaborative – interns will work primarily with the communications coordinator, Annie Sit, but will also interact with the other staff for specific projects.

Skills, education and experience needed: • Excellent writing skills • Print journalism, public relations, online content creation or other feature writing experience • Adherence to deadlines • Initiative to self-start/work independently • Bachelor’s degree preferred, but experienced undergrads welcome • Digital and/or video photography experience desirable.

To apply: Forward email cover letter, resume and samples of work to Annie Sit,, by March 12th.

Additional background: In the six years since its founding, the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership has made a major impact at Illinois, and continues to do so. The university, through its students, faculty, staff and alumni, has made a major impact on the world. But neither the Academy nor the university is adequately telling its story – especially online. These internships are an opportunity for students with interest in feature writing, online content, videoblogging, public relations and marketing to contribute to this effort.

Projects - Interns will work on some combination of the following projects:
• Interview entrepreneurial alumni and write profiles
• Interview Illini social entrepreneurs and write profiles
• Create short video clips of entrepreneurial students, faculty and staff
• Write impact stories, related to Academy initiatives, and drawing on interviews of Illinois students, faculty and staff
• Solicit stories on entrepreneurship and innovation at Illinois from other university units
• Use online and university archives research to identify impact stories linked to entrepreneurship and innovation at Illinois. Edit or write stories based on these resources.

270 Wohlers Hall, MC-706, 1206 South Sixth Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820
Phone (217)244-9425


  1. Thanks for the information! I am definitely going to apply!!

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