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Press Office Intern (ID: 109040) for Summer 2022


Dept of Agriculture and Markets

10B Airline Drive
Albany , NY 12235
E-Mail: Humanres@agriculture.ny.gov
Phone: (518) 457-3216

Division/Unit: Public Information Office


Web Site: http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/(New Window)


Proposal Information


The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is seeking an Intern to work in their Public Information/Press Office for the Spring 2022 semester. This internship will be 3-4 days/ week (22.5 hours-30 hours) during a regular workweek of Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. This will be a paid internship paying $14.87/hour.

Department Summary:
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, through its various divisions and programs, promotes New York agriculture and its high-quality and diverse products, fosters agricultural environmental stewardship, and safeguards the State's food supply, land, and livestock to ensure the viability and growth of New York's agriculture industries. To learn more about our agency and our mission, please visit https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/

Public Information Office:
The Public Information Office is responsible for the development and execution of internal and external communication, public information, and media relations for the Department of Agriculture and Markets. To read more from the Department's Press Office, please visit https://agriculture.ny.gov/pressroom

The Press Office Intern will assist the Director and Deputy Director of Public Information with Department communications initiatives, including:
* Developing content for the Department's social media channels, driving audience growth and engagement;
* Assisting in the daily maintenance of the Department website, including posting press releases, updating documents, and creating content
as needed;
* Tracking news clips and compiling daily reports for executive staff;
* Drafting and editing Department communications, including press releases, letters, reports, pamphlets, newsletters, etc;
* Sending press releases and tracking media responses; and
* Assisting in the planning of media events, including making pitch calls and traveling with Commissioner and press office staff as needed.

Preferred skills and qualifications:
* Strong interpersonal communication and writing skills with ability to summarize information succinctly and accurately
* Strong organization skills
* Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines
* Creativity, some knowledge of graphic design programs, such as InDesign and/or Publisher is helpful, but not required
* Ability to be flexible and work independently



Interpersonal communication skills

Exemplary writing and editing skills

Experience using social media platforms

AP style writing is a plus, not required

Knowledge of agriculture a plus


Internship Areas: Communications/Public Relations

Logistical Information

Payment? Paid

Number of Hours: 20 - 30

Location: Albany

Number of Interns Needed: 1

Desired Candidate Profile

Preferred Standing Graduate Student

Minimum Standing: Junior

Degree Concentrations: Agricultural Studies, Communication Studies, Public Administration