Company: Children's Mercy Hospital
Title: Media Relations Intern
Semester: Fall 2014
Applicable Majors: Public Relations, Journalism, Broadcasting
Applicable Years: Juniors, Seniors, Graduate
Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri, is one of the nation's top pediatric medical centers. The 314-bed hospital provides care for children from birth through the age of 18, and has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services, and ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America's Best Children's Hospitals.” Its faculty of 600 pediatricians and researchers across more than 40 subspecialties are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. Children's Mercy is a nonprofit organization, and the only children's hospital in Kansas and Western Missouri. Our mission is to care for kids regardless of their family's ability to pay. The Public Information Office develops media strategy, and manages media relations and other initiatives to raise local, regional and national awareness of Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and its research. Our offices are located in Crown Center in downtown, Kansas City, Missouri.
The media relations intern will assist the Public Information Officer and the Media Relations Manager with ongoing media relations projects including, but not limited to multimedia writing, editing, and research. Internship opportunities exist for the summer 2011. The intern will be expected to be in the Children's Mercy office a minimum of four days each week. The intern may continue for the fall semester if mutually agreed upon by the Public Information Office staff and the student.
Terms of the internship include, but are not limited to:
• Unpaid internship – we will coordinate with school for class credit
• Reports to Media Relations Manager
• Weekly meetings with Media Relations staff
• Minimal local Kansas City metropolitan area travel
• No housing or housing assistance will be provided
• Business casual attire
• Free parking
• Successfully completing this internship is not a promise for Children's Mercy Hospital to hire the intern now or in the future.
Will consider a college senior or junior, enrolled in a journalism program at an accredited college or university. Preferably a graduate student.
Multimedia skills required, i.e. social media and video/audio editing and taping. Will train, but experience preferred. Strong written and verbal communications skills. Flexible, self-motivated and able to take direction well.
• Writing podcasts and video scripts, internal and external communication articles and news releases
• Scheduling video expert interviews
• Answering reporter phone queries
• Updating the Newsroom section of the hospital website
• Updating all Children's Mercy online listings
• Shooting and editing videos to be posted on the hospital website
• Updating expert listings on third-party services
• Industry research – children's hospitals, health care, pediatrics and/or assigned specialties
• Manage weekly Twitter and other social media updates
Media Relations Manager