Corporate Communications and Public Relations Intern

Location:McLean, VA
Exempt/Non-Exempt:Non-Exempt
Employment Type:Intern
Department:Marketing
Company:
Description:The Corporate Communications and Public Relations Department is looking for a bright, enthusiastic and passionate individual who is excited about learning the ins and outs of public relations and corporate communications.  Based in the Washington, DC Metro Region, this College-level Junior or Senior will ideally be working towards a bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Communications or a related field.
Duties:

  • Responsible for supporting elements of the Corporate Communications and Public Relations efforts of Iridium - from supporting program development efforts to implementation to tracking.
  • Identify and build relationships with new and existing editors, reporters, producers, bloggers and technology analysts to connect with and build media lists.
  • Coordinate with vendors/agencies on social media initiatives; assist with daily social media and blogger engagement. 
  • Research, write and edit press releases, pitches, captions, backgrounders, talking points, support speech-writing and white paper efforts, article development, support interactive newsletter awards entries and Web copy.
  • Assist with media inquiries as well as proactive media relations programming (including announcements, launches, creative campaigns, editorial calendar monitoring, rapid response, pitching, etc.).
  • Support internal communications efforts.
  • Help support media loaner/sponsorship program to maximize PR benefits.
  • Assist with speakers bureau program including topic development, speaker pitching, logistics, presentation development and related media relations.
  • Help conduct ongoing audit of/report on competitors' PR efforts.
  • Support Iridium-sponsored and Iridium partner events.
  • Help build customer case study program.
  • Help manage PR-related photo and video shoots.
  • Help manage PR-related research projects.
  • Monitor and work with Director and Manager to report to senior executives on the internal status of jobs and due dates.
  • Demonstrate a team player attitude by being flexible and responsible, as well as being a self-starter.
  • Continuously strive to increase knowledge of company policies and procedures, as well as the communications, telecommunications and mobile satellite services business.

Qualifications:
  • College-level Junior or Senior working towards bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Communications or a related field.
  • Previous internship or professional experience in public relations, journalism or corporate communications (technology industry, business-to-business or consumer experience a plus).    
  • Must have skills in social media/online communications, planning, writing and media relations. Past experience in developing media-facing materials is a plus.
  • Must provide two to three professional references: Two to three previous supervisor(s) (preferably from communications-related positions).
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel) and online communications (WordPress, Twitter, work with other social assets a plus).
  • Excellent communication and organization skills. Must be articulate, remain professional in a high-pressure environment, and work well with others.
  • Ideal candidate should have a passion for pursuing a career in PR or corporate communications, and take a proactive "roll up the sleeves" approach. 
  • Must provide three writing samples.


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