Farm Bureau seeks applicants for PR internship in D.C. by March 31

The American Farm Bureau Federation is seeking one student for a summer internship with the public relations department in its Washington, D.C. office. Interested applicants should have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate coursework, with a major in communications, journalism or a related field. Preference will be given to a student with experience and aptitude in exploring business applications of social media (Web 2.0). The selected intern will be assigned to projects overseen by the intern coordinator, pertaining to timely topics important to agriculture and rural communities. As such, applicants should specify their areas of interest and how their background provides them the proper knowledge and abilities to excel in this internship.

The department carries out a number of programs, activities and functions, including media relations, issues management, and management of public relations campaigns and events. On a day-to-day basis, the department responds to media inquiries, arranging media interviews for AFBF leaders and staff; produces the organization’s newsletters, FBNews and Foodie News; writes and designs brochures and pamphlets for internal and external audiences; writes and distributes news releases; produces radio reports and video news releases, and oversees the organization’s public Web site; and an intranet site.

The department’s work program is designed to complement the programs conducted by state Farm Bureaus and to serve as a resource to state Farm Bureaus.

Interns will receive a stipend equal to $15 per hour, based on a 7.5 hour day, for work days included in the dates of the internship. The start and end dates of the internship are flexible, but the intern will be expected to work a minimum of 8 to 10 weeks. Housing will not be provided, but AFBF staff will be happy to assist with the search and provide some housing contacts.

The deadline for application is March 31, 2009. Interns will be notified of their selection no later than April 10, 2009.

AFBF PUBLIC RELATIONS INTERN APPLICANT CHECKLIST (you must forward the following by mail or email to be considered for this internship):

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Up to three (3) writing, graphic design or broadcast samples

Send your materials to:

Cyndie Sirekis
Director of News Services
600 Maryland Ave., SW
Suite 1000W
Washington, DC  20024
Phone: (202) 406-3649
Fax: (202) 406-3602