Public Relations Intern

Posted on April 29th, 2015

The Office of Vice President for External Relations oversees Marketing, Public Relations, Creative Services, and Web Communications. External Relations provides central marketing, media and community relations, design, photography, social and digital media, web, TV and video services for a variety of university clients.

CSU Public Relations interns will gain an overarching understanding of the division’s initiatives by telling the university’s branded stories via a variety of communications channels.

Interns can expect to:

• Write and edit press releases, feature stories, media advisories
• Interview sources for press releases, web stories, and feature stories
• Compile and maintain media lists through Cision or
• Attend weekly public relations meetings
• Tell stories in new and different ways through video, photo, infographics, and social media
• Write, edit, and create content for SOURCE and other web outlets, including CSU’s main page (
• Assist RamTrax with campus tours for prospective students, former students and other university guests
• Assist with MVP Tailgates or other specified events
• Maintain Proud to Be a CSU Ram, CSU’s student-run Instagram account, for one week
• Collaborate with the social media team on various initiatives

Interns also will hear from a variety of experts within the field, gaining tips on crafting a great pitch, developing an eye for editing, writing a great sports or science story, and hearing best practices for crisis communications.


Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student for the duration of the internship.

Interns must demonstrate all the characteristics of a great CSU community member, including:

• Ram Pride
• Desire to serve the CSU community
• Highly developed and effective communication skills
• Creative spirit and ability to have fun in a professional environment
• Willingness to learn and adapt in a fast-paced dynamic environment
• Maturity and ability to problem-solve under stressful conditions
• Willingness to adhere to established professional dress, etiquette, and conduct codes
• Ability to honor required time commitments
• Unique perspective on University life and a willingness to share one’s story with various University constituencies

Application Process:

A current résumé listing campus involvement, leadership roles, service to the community, and work experience should be included with the application along with a cover letter and three writing samples to Kayla Green at Examples of writing samples include a press release, campaign/communications plan, a blog entry, web story, feature story, or hard news story from a past internship, student organization, or class assignment.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.