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Fall CICM internship program – applications now being accepted! Deadline extended!

Flickr photo Creative Commons licensed via <a href=With the success of our first intern, Lauren Rabaino, it’s time for another round of the CICM internship program.

MAJOR UPDATE: Because I will be at the ONA Conference this weekend, the deadline is extended until Monday, October 5.


UPDATE: Just so we’re clear, this internship is open to international students too.

The pitch: How would you like to learn new media skills while having a positive impact on the college media environment? Join us for a semester of new media opportunity as the intern for the Center for Innovation in College Media for Fall 2009.

What you’ll do: Help maintain the Innovation in College Media weblog by producing relevant content that highlights what college media are doing in a changing media environment. The possibilities for editorial production are limited only by your imagination and energy. Some of the possibilities:

  • Podcast interviews with media movers and shakers.
  • Reviews of college media online initiatives.
  • Maps and databases of college media online sites.
  • Live video streams of conferences and/or interviews.
  • Round-ups of relevant new media writing.
  • And more.

Skills: Social media savvy (Twitter, friendfeed, etc.), video and audio (soundslides, mogulus or ustream), blogging (WordPress), college journalism (worked as a college journalist, familiar with college media environment).

Location: Wherever you are. I operate from Charleston, IL, Chris Carroll operates from Nashville, TN, but you can operate from anywhere you have a computer and Internet access.

Start/End Dates: Start date is toward the middle of October. end date is middle of January.

Hours: As far as hours, it’s really open-ended. You can do some awesome work with minimal hours, or a lot of hours and a minimum of ROI (return on investment). Seriously, it’s all up to you. My goal is for you to succeed.

Pay: We don’t have a lot of money, but we can offer a $500 stipend and a heckuva recommendation letter from yours truly when you’ve finished the race. We’ll make a badge available as well that you can post on your blog or web site.

About the site: ICM is part of the non-profit Center for Innovation in College Media, and is read by numerous college journalists, advisers, and industry folks.

How to apply: Send a copy of your resume and a 250-word essay (or post on your weblog, even better) explaining what ideas you have for the site to me at Be forewarned – I will be posting a poll for readers to vote on who is the best potential intern (results will be viewable only by me) with the winner posted here in the future.

Deadline for applications: Oct. 1, 2009