Posted on December 16th, 2011

Colorado State University’s Vehicle Innovation Team is looking for talented journalism students to assist with public relations and education outreach for EcoCAR2 during the Spring semester of 2012 (January- May).

About EcoCAR 2:
EcoCAR 2: Plugging in to the Future, is a three-year collegiate engineering competition and the only program of its kind. The competition’s mission is a vital one: offer an unparalleled hands-on, real-world experience to educate the next generation of automotive engineers. The competition challenges 15 universities across North America to reduce the environmental impact of a Chevrolet Malibu without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability. The CSU Vehicle Innovation Team (CSU VIT) was selected as a participating school in April of 2011.
During the three-year program, the CSU Vehicle Innovation Team will follow a real-world Vehicle Development Process (VDP) modeled after GM’s VDP. The VDP serves as a roadmap for the engineering process of designing, building and refining CSU’s advanced technology vehicle.
Established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors (GM), EcoCAR 2 builds upon a successful 23-year history of DOE Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC) that exemplify the power of public/private partnerships in providing invaluable experience and training to promising, young minds entering the North American job market. EcoCAR 2 follows the widely-acclaimed competition series EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge.
Shaped by the greatest design changes in the history of the automotive industry, EcoCAR 2 requires the CSU team to explore a variety of powertrain architectures focusing on electric drive vehicle technology. The CSU team will utilize a Chevrolet Malibu, donated by General Motors as the integration platform for their advanced vehicle design.
Colorado State University’s Vehicle Innovation Team (CSU VIT) combines 33 students who are dedicated to developing and building innovative green automotive technologies with decades of experience in automotive and energy research. This diverse team brings expertise and experience to the project in a variety of fields including manufacturing, systems engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and design. The team works out of the CSU Motorsports Engineering Research Center, which supports students in the fields of vehicle dynamics, vehicle structures and materials, vehicle aerodynamics, and power-train system design and vehicle-level control.

More information can be found at:

Internship descriptions:
The team is looking for 3 interns to assist in a range of tasks.

Social Media/Web:
1 internship available
Time: 10-12 hours per week

As an intern working in this area you will be exposed to many different areas of web and social media production. You will have the opportunity to increase your knowledge about web and social media on a daily basis through the upkeep and monitoring of the CSU EcoCAR 2 website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channel.

You will also learn how to write for the web and social media sites, develop a social media strategy, and research on the Internet.

You should be a self-starter and self-manager with strong writing and editing skills and 2-3 years social media and web experience (no code writing experience required). Intermediate video and audio experience preferred but not required. This position requires that you work closely with both the Outreach and the Education coordinators and attend weekly meetings.

Public Relations:
2 internships available
Time: 10-12 hours per week

As an Intern working in this area you will fully participate in conceiving, pitching and producing a variety of public relations materials across a range of platforms.

You will participate in a wide variety of outreach duties, including, but not limited to:
1. Writing press releases and other public relations materials
2. Offering support for community outreach events
3. Attending weekly meetings
4. Working with the Social Media/Web Intern to brainstorm and update and web materials
You should be a self-starter and self-manager with strong writing and editing skills. Past public relations experience preferred but not required.

How to apply:
Please send a cover letter and résumé describing your interest and background in one or more of the internship positions to by January 6th, 2012.