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Communications Intern

Penn State Student Farm
University Park, Pa
Opportunity Type: 
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Closing Date: 
Friday, November 25, 2016

The Sustainable Food Systems Program (SFSP) and Student Farm is seeking a Communications Intern to help support the communications and outreach goals of the program. This paid position will work closely with the Program Coordinator and Marketing Intern to initiate, coordinate and manage activities to accomplish the outreach and communications goals of the program. Hours are approximately eight to ten hours per week, with some fluctuation based on project load throughout the year. The position has a good possibility of continuation for multiple semesters.


1. Write news stories for the program’s website and e-newsletter

2. Write and edit solicited content for the program’s website, including blog entries written by other Student Farm interns

3. Design and conduct outreach to diverse audiences across Penn State to promote opportunities and events for the SFSP and SFC

4. Serve as the primary media contact for the SFSP and communicate with local media to promote events and other opportunities

5. Assist with creative marketing campaigns

6. Maintain good communications between relevant individuals, groups, and organizations such as the Sustainability Institute, key colleges and student clubs

7. Track data relevant to program objectives, and perform recordkeeping duties

8. Drive a university vehicle as needed (e.g. to the Student Farm)

9. Other tasks as needed


1. Current Penn State student with at least a 3.0 GPA

2. Superb written, interpersonal and oral communication skills

3. Ability to learn quickly, prioritize multiple projects, meet deadlines and enjoy a fast-paced work environment

4. Proficient understanding of AP style writing, adding content to websites, and social media platforms

5. Ability to work with diverse groups or individuals in indoor and outdoor settings

6. Ability to work with minimal supervision and manage schedule independently

7. Word processing, Internet and e-mail skills

8. An interest in and knowledge about food systems issues and concepts is strongly preferred

9. Valid driver’s license, own transportation, computer and internet access

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Student Farm Coordinator Leslie Pillen, or via Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with interviews starting November 28, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. PSU Job #: 67456

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