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April 29, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm 

Pizza and Politics at the Holden Public Policy forum presents: Elections 2016 
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East Academic Hall Room 137 Webster University 

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Forum Internship Opportunities

We are always looking for the best, brightest, most creative people to join our internship team. Add to your experience, build your resume, and enjoy meaningful work at the Forum.

Available positions:

Social Media Generalist

Special Events

Campus Activities Liaison

Publicity & Media

Photographer

Video Production

Exec Assistant/Scheduler

Speech Writer

OR Pitch your skills and interest to us.

The Holden Public Policy Forum is looking for a talented group of enthusiastic, hard-working and highly motivated interns for Spring semester 2012. In addition to working alongside the former Governor of Missouri, we are a small, dedicated staff who will consider you to be an integral part of our team.

A minimum commitment of 4 months is required through the spring academic semester (mid-January through early May) as well as being available for Forum events, which primarily take place on Wednesday evening with occasional Thursday programs. Hours per week are negotiable and we will work to accommodate time around your academic schedule. All internship opportunities are unpaid, but academic credit is available for participating academic programs.

The Holden Public Policy Forum is located in the heart of Downtown St. Louis in the beautifully restored Old Post Office. We have on-site parking, and public transit is just a block away from our building. Interns will be expected to work from the downtown office at least once a week.

The Holden Public Policy Forum at Webster University is a bi-partisan speakers series that brings Governors, Senators, presidential candidates, and private sector public policy leaders to St. Louis and the Webster campus to engage in open debate about public policy. Since 2006, the Holden Forum has provided a platform for dozens of distinguished speakers including Nobel prize-winning economist, Paul Krugman; Mike Huckabee, and Madeleine Albright.

Interested applicants should forward a resume, cover letter, and any supporting writing samples or examples of work to Forum Chief of Staff Jaclyn Stewart Strothmann, jsstrothmann@gmail.com

Internship Position Descriptions

Internship: Special Events

This position will assist with the planning, implementation and execution of approximately 10-­-12 events per semester for the Holden Public Policy Forum. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational, communication and administrative skills They are also a self-­-starter, enjoys interacting with people, and is comfortable managing multiple priorities.

Undergraduate/graduate students and recent college graduates with outstanding writing abilities are encouraged to apply (all majors are welcomed, though individuals with a particular interest in special events are preferred). 

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Internship: Social Media Generalist

This position will assist with the design, implementation and management of the social media campaign for the Holden Policy Forum. The ideal candidate will have excellent research and writing skills, an interest in politics and public affairs, and experience in a broad range of social media applications, including: blogging, social networking tools , Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube, etc.

Strong computers skills expertise and use of MS Office Suite is also critical as well as a basic understanding of HTML formatting. Familiarity with Google Analytics, Facebook Insights, and technical experience WordPress or Blogger a plus. An advanced understanding of mobile technologies and possession of a smart-­-phone (iPhone, Blackberry, Android) is essential for success.

Undergraduate/graduate students and recent college graduates with outstanding writing abilities are encouraged to apply (all majors are welcomed, though Communications, Media and Public Relations and other related majors are preferred).

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Internship: Campus Activities Liaison

This position will focus on student and campus education and awareness building for the Holden Public Policy Forum. Duties of this position will include organizing meetings with on-­-campus student groups, campus newspaper, and tv/radio station and get them engaged with Holden Policy Forum activities. Intern will be responsible for planning regular tabling or information sessions on campus to distribute literature and talk about HPPF programs. The intern will have the opportunity to contribute to campus outreach substantively, helping the Holden Forum to reach students and administrations in new and exciting ways.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong networking and communication skills, and have an enthusiasm and willingness to think creatively to reach a large group of prospective audience members. Skills with online research, direct outreach to students and administrators, as well as online communities, such as Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Foursquare are preferred. Previous campaign experience, or experience for campaign, advocacy or education purposes ? a definite plus. 

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Internship: Speech Writer

This position will serve as primary writer for the organization's Founder and work on projects such as speeches, remarks, talking points, magazine articles, and opinion pieces. The ideal candidate is interested in writing for high-­-level elected officials, whose strengths include the ability to explain very complex information in simple, straight forward and informative ways that will make sense to average people, not just those that are already knowledgeable in the field of public policy.

Undergraduate/graduate students and recent college graduates with outstanding writing abilities are encouraged to apply (all majors are welcomed, though English, Journalism and Public Relations and other related majors are preferred). 

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Internship: Executive Assistant/Scheduler

The intern will provide clerical and scheduling support to the Forum Director, Governor Bob Holden, and reports to and works closely with the Chief of Staff. The intern will work with the Chief of Staff to develop, implement, and manage systems for day-­-to-­-day operations. Serve as executive assistant to the President, coordinating his scheduling, calendar, and correspondence. Oversee small event planning and logistics for travel, meetings. Handle incoming phone calls and update and manage contacts.

The ideal Executive Assistant /Schedule will have strong keyboarding skills and an in depth knowledge of Microsoft office suite, the highest level of professionalism in composing emails and conversing over the phone, and the ability to handle assigned tasks in a precise, organized, and timely manner.

Undergraduate/graduate students and recent college graduates with outstanding writing abilities and organizational skills are encouraged to apply.

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Internship: Publicity & Promotion

In this position, you will assist in all aspects of publicity promotion. Supervised by the Forum's public relations and administrative staff, the 6-­-month publicity internship offers qualified candidates the opportunity to build their portfolio with an emphasis on new media, writing, event PR, and earned media campaigns.

You will work closely with the staff on projects emphasizing:

New Media Publicity: Assisting with community management and promotion on Forum social networks and social media hubs (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.)

Copy Writing: Developing and posting articles, news releases, and other copy assignments to the Forum website

Review Processing: Reviewing publications, online tracking (analytics), and filing clippings

Earned media and relationship management: Pitch Forum events to local media, organizations, and entities to grow awareness of programs and attract participation at Forum events.

The preferred intern must have excellent written and oral communication skills and must be task-­- oriented with an ability to start and finish assigned projects with a high level of personal organization. Excellent candidates will be self-­-starters, strong team players with the ability and willingness to tackle any task at hand, and preferably possess an interest in public relations, communications, or politics.

Good interpersonal, communications, analytical, problem-­-solving, and organizational skills.Strong presentation and writing skills and the ability to communicate ideas clearly. A strong team contributor. Able to work in a Macintosh or PC computer environment. Demonstrable experience with Web-­-based media including social networking tools, blogs, e-­-mail, forums etc.

Preferable: Understanding of layout design, and working knowledge of professional publishing and presentation software including the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office.

Education: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program with an emphasis on public relations, writing, communications, marketing communications, media, political science, or related field with an average 3.5 GPA or higher. Writing samples will be required

Interested applicants should forward a resume and cover letter to the Forum's communications director, Gretchen Jameson, gretchenjameson@gmail.com

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Internship: Photographer

The Holden Policy Forum, a public policy speakers program founded by Governor Bob Holden, is looking for proactive, dependable, artistic and deadline-­-oriented photography interns. The ideal candidate is interested in photographing some of the top political and industry leaders in the state and country and has a flair for visual composition. Experience with photography for publication, either at a student newspaper or a professional publication, is strongly preferred. Interns will have the opportunity to take and edit photos for our website, blog and print literature, which will be distributed throughout St. Louis and around the country.

Undergraduate/graduate students and recent college graduates with outstanding artistic abilities are encouraged to apply (all majors are welcomed, though Media Arts, Photography, Art and other related majors are preferred).

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Internship: Video Production/Editor

The ideal candidate is interested in the entire production process for HPPF programs throughout the semester. This individual will assist the department communications director with the creation of quick hit marketing videos, a weekly vlog from the Founder, and capturing footage of all HPPF events. This person will be asked to shoot, produce and edit video material based on specific project requirements-­- which will be distributed throughout St. Louis area and around the country.

Undergraduate/graduate students and recent college graduates with outstanding artistic abilities are encouraged to apply (Film, Film Production, Interactive Digital Media, Video Production and other related majors are preferred).

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