Communications & Marketing Internship opportunity

$12.50 per hour

Company Information:
Feed My People Food Bank
Rebecca Baader

Position Description:
The team at Feed My People Food Bank is currently seeking a Communications & Marketing Intern. Feed My People Food Bank partners with over 125 hunger-relief agencies in west central Wisconsin to provide food to community members in need.

You’ll be joining a team that is passionate about making a difference locally. The organization is looking for the Communications and Marketing Intern to work with FMP through December 2017, and will expect the individual to work approximately 10 hours per week, depending on the student’s schedule, for a total of 120 hours for the semester.
Intern Duties and Responsibilities:

• Assist with Market Segmentation Research
• Create Graphics to be used for Social Media Promotion
• Shoot and edit digital video content
• Help with database management and entry
• Provide support at upcoming events
• Assist communications and development staff with additional projects


Applicants must have more than 60 credits and should currently be enrolled in a Marketing, Communications, or related academic program.
• Community minded
• Dependable
• Ability to manage multiple tasks with great attention to detail
• Excellent organizational skills
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Intermediate computer proficiency in Windows applications
• Comfortability and knowledge of photography and videography

Applicants must be a junior or senior in good academic standing and must demonstrate financial need.

Application Instructions:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Career Services via email to, Subject line: Communications & Marketing Internship, Feed My People Food Bank, include your Student ID in the email. After determining financial eligibility, all eligible candidates’ information will be forwarded for review and selection.


Wisconsin Public Radio Intern

CJ Students! The Wisconsin Public Radio is seeking a Public Relations-Event Planning Intern during spring semester of 2018. This unpaid internship at WPR’s office on West Clairemont

Avenue includes the following opportunities:

– Manage publicity for two weekly radio programs, “The West Side” and “Spectrum West,” including news releases, social media and web postings.
– Work with marketing and events staff to assist with staging of an Old Time Radio Drama special presentation at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center
– Write articles for WPR’s regional newsletter to members and listeners
– Observe the variety of public relations efforts directed toward WPR as a media source

WPR is dedicated to helping the intern build portfolio materials, and we intentionally offer strong supported references for each intern who successfully completes the term.

To apply or learn more, please contact:

Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
1221 W Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire WI 54701
715-839-2936 (office)
715-214-8498 (cell)23032396_1455486147880480_8188497934192414062_n


Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is a new peer mentor program brought into the CJ department. It focuses on helping students with any questions or confusion they may have about anything multimedia. This includes photography, design, DSLR camera use, Mac vs. PC, and many of the Adobe Programs. The PALs are Monica Gross, a junior Spanish major/Multimedia minor and Ryan Bramwell, a junior Spanish and Public Relations major. Along with CJ professor, Ellen Mahaffy, Ryan and Monica are piloting the Peer Assisted Learning program this semester.

PAL meets every Monday night from 6-8 p.m. in Hibbard’s CJC (typically in HHH106B). Each session holds a new topic or skill that will be taught by the peers. Thus far they have held sessions on DSLR camera use, audio, filming interviews. This is a great opportunity for students to improve their multimedia skills, and get to know talented faculty and peers here on campus!Screen Shot 2017-10-25 at 9.42.46 AM

Meet the new CJ interns

Alexa Laws

Hi! My name is Alexa Laws and I’m from Naperville, Illinois a large suburb located outside of Chicago. I am a senior this year and will graduate in May with my B.A. in Mass Communications-Advertising and Multimedia Communications. Post graduation I plan to relocate either to Minneapolis or Denver. I plan to pursue my ambition of working in an ad agency where I will collaborate with a team of professionals. Outside of school, I love to travel. I recently did an 18-mile backpacking trip with the Environmental Adventure Center (EAC) located here on campus. We backpacked through the Porcupine mountains which are located along the coast of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.




Maggie Cipriano

My name is Maggie Cipriano. I am from a suburb outside of Chicago called Glen Ellyn. I am a transfer student here at Eau Claire from Saint Louis University, majoring in journalism and minoring in environment, Culture and Society. My dream profession would be to become Anthony Bourdain; travel journalist and food enthusiast. When I am not studying, I am adventuring. This past spring semester I did an exchange program in Hawaii on Big Island where I worked on an organic farm. Outside of farming, I hiked volcanoes, swam with sea turtles, ate incredible food and met amazing people. IMG_6033.jpg


On Thursday, Nov. 7, 2017, The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is welcoming local high schools to join us in the Chippewa Valley SchoolJournalism Association’s event where communication and journalism is promoted to area high schools through hands-on workshops and excite students about the possibilities available with a degree in communication and journalism. The event will be held in the Davies Center and run from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. with varying activities during the day to educate students about the communication and journalism field.

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Throughout the day, students will get the chance to participate in many different activities, including an organization fair displaying UW-Eau Claire organizations, a fun photo booth, an opportunity to attend panels with UW-Eau Claire Communication and Journalism students and professionals and participate in hands-on workshops. Students who submit work have the opportunity to receive awards and recognition if their piece is selected as best in their category by the judges.

The theme will mimic the board game “Life” to help create a fun way to get students moving through workshops and the day’s activities. CVSJA is a great way to get students thinking about where they will go next if they choose a career in communication and journalism. This is an exciting experience that holds many opportunities for high school students in the region. So if you see a young new face walking around campus that day, feel free to say, “Hi,” and welcome them to our campus!

Eau Queer Film Festival

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Tuesday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Oct. 14, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the 8th annual Eau Queer Film Festival in Davies’ Woodland Theater. The Eau Queer Film Festival celebrates and expresses the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual communities through the screening and discussion of fascinating documentaries, remarkable features, quirky comedies, and short films. According to the Eau Queer website,

“We embrace difference, promote equality, encourage activism, and challenge and educate through the powerful medium of film.”

This is a powerful festival that likely will inspire many faculuty, students, and Eau Claire locals. Come to the Woodland Theater and enjoy great films and support those at UW- Eau Claire who made this all possible for the 8th year in a row!

Schedule of films being screened:

Tuesday, Oct. 10:

Saturday Church at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 11:

A Queer and Pleasant Danger: Coming Out with Heart at Noon

Stumped at 5 p.m.

Just Charlie at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 12:

Girl Unbound at 12:30 p.m.

Shorts: Liberate at 3 p.m.

Chavela at 5 p.m.

Signature Move at 7 p.m.

The Streets Are Ours: Two Lives Cross In Karachi (proceeding Signature Move)

Friday, Oct. 13:

Shorts: Queer Nations at 12 p.m.

Princess Cyd at 3 p.m.

QUEERCORE: How To Punk A Revolution at 5 p.m.

After Louie at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14:

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson at 11 p.m.

Apricot Groves at 1 p.m.

Shorts: Getting Real at 3 p.m.

God’s Own Country at 5 p.m.

Freak Show at 7 p.m.

For more information or to contact organizers, please visit Eau Queer’s website.

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How being in the right place at the right time ended in a social media internship

By Courtney Roszak

My final semester in college was supposed to be easier. I only have 13 credits — all within my major or minor. I don’t have class on Fridays and I had cut down m14063942_10209924206199525_3049293065106592238_n.jpgy hours at work.

But on the first day of the spring 2017 semester I went to visit Judy Gatlin to pick up a few forms for being an academic apprentice for CJ 373: Writing for Public Relations. Ten minutes later I left her office with a job as one of the office workers within the Department of Communication and Journalism.

Don’t ask me how, but somehow within the first two weeks my office job turned into an internship with the CJ Department. I know there had been talks about me working with the social media accounts between Judy Gatlin and Jan Larson, but it wasn’t until after a staff meeting it was announced that I was the new Communication and Journalism Social Media Intern.

Suddenly my easier semester became a little more hectic. However, it gave me the opportunity to create changes within the department through social media. I have worked this semester at sharing different internship opportunities, publishing students’ stories and posting about the different things our department does — all on social media. Being an upperclassmen within the department, I know about all the interesting things CJ majors do, and through this internship I have gotten to bring those stories to a bigger audience.

I have developed relationships with the faculty; a little hint, they aren’t as scary as you would think. Through my internship I have bonded with Jan Larson over traveling and learned about her family. I have laughed with David Tschida about his interesting Facebook pictures and chatted with Kris Knutson about the stress of senior year and entering the “real world.”

Do I sometimes wish I hadn’t accepted a job within the department? Rarely. It is true I would have more time for homework or Netflix binge watching had I kept my mouth shut. But 99 percent of the time I am happy I opened my mouth. This internship has given me a chance to experience more on my campus as my time dwindles down. I have gotten to make a change within the department and develop stronger social media skills. At the end of each day, I know I wouldn’t change a thing. Besides, I can always watch Netflix later on.

University faculty and student are traveling across the pond to present research

By Rachel Clepper

At the beginning of my sophomore year, I decided to take an Environmental Communication class because it was something that I had always interested me.


My advisor, Dr. David Tschida, happened to be teaching that class and within the first couple weeks presented the opportunity to collaborate on a research paper within the field of environmental communication. When I first heard him talking about this opportunity, I did not think that I would have the experience or expertise to be able to do this kind of research, but throughout the class I began to realize that it was something I had a true passion about. I later asked to meet with Dr. Tschida to discuss what the research would entail and the specifics of what we would be working on.  We created a proposal that was accepted for presentation at the International Environmental Communication Conference that will be held in Leicester, England this summer.

Rachel Clepper and Dr. David Tschida review their presentation for the International Environmental Communication Conference.

Dr. Tschida designed a direct study course for me.  We meet twice a week to discuss our paper and research. This semester I am also enrolled in Dr. Tschida’s Intercultural Communication class. I like to give him a hard time that by the end of the presentation this summer, he is going to be very tired of me because we see each other every week day and are in constant communication through email because he is not only a professor for two of my classes, but he is also my advisor.


This summer both Dr. Tschida and I will pack our bags and head across the pond to Leicester, which is north of London. We will attend the conference there as well as present our research. The paper focuses on the Facebook check-in involving the North Dakota Access Pipeline that was very popular earlier in the fall of 2016. We are analyzing the communicative functions of the Facebook check-in within the North Dakota Access Pipeline event and other social movements.


I have never been to England before and am thrilled to not only have the experience to write and present a research paper, but also to get to talk with and meet other professionals in the field of environmental communication. After the conference I am planning on staying to travel around the London area. This opportunity was not something that I expected to happen in my undergraduate education and I am so thankful for the support of Dr. David Tschida, but also for many of those who work in the CJ department as they have supported both Dr. Tschida and myself in our effort to make this trip and research happen.

Koepp Fellow spent TIME in a New York State of Mind


By Kiri Salinas

 Editor’s Note: Stephen Koepp is a 1978 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a Bachelors degree in Journalism. The Stephen Koepp Journalism Fellowship is awarded to a student who shows excellent promise and skill as a journalist.

Kiri Salinas, Koepp Fellow, with the TIME Inc. Breaking News Video Team who taught her valuable skills during her time working with them. 

My time as the second Stephen Koepp fellow was incredible! I was nervous the whole plane ride to New York and on my first day at TIME Inc. Steve and his family welcomed me in with open arms and were very eager to show me around Brooklyn and Manhattan. I am still grateful for their hospitality and for how they welcomed me into their family for a short three weeks.

I had no clue what I was getting myself into since I had little to no experience working for a website. On my first day, I was introduced to the Breaking News Video Team. This small team of five people were the people I would learn from for those next three weeks. During my time there, I was able to work on my video editing and writing skills. Right off the bat, the team had me working on projects of my own, which was scary to think about.

My process was pretty simple. I would get assigned an article that was gaining popularity on the site. I would find video that complimented the story. I edited the appropriate videos, summarized the article in 4-5 sentences and uploaded and posted the video to The team was welcoming and willing to stop and help me with any questions/problems I had.

Kiri Salinas working on one of her stories at TIME Inc..

I covered multiple stories, from a gorilla’s death to turmeric not being a miracle spice. It was incredible to know that my work was being put out there on such a big platform. Every day I saved the videos I worked on and now I have up to 20 videos that were solely produced by me.

Besides working, I took advantage of my weekends by going to a variety of tourist sights and musicals on Broadway. Before I knew it, I had become a pro with the subway system. I got to explore multiple Manhattan spots like Central Park, Times Square and the World Trade Center Observatory.

Overall, my experience was amazing and it is all thanks to Steve Koepp and his family: Lesley, Charlie and Patrick. Also the team at TIME Inc. whose members taught me valuable skills: Chris Gransigner, Anne Most, Lauren Bogholtz, Joey Lautrup and Joyce Lee. I knew that I was in for an experience of a lifetime, but little did I know that I would meet such incredible people along the way.


Spectator staffers travel to Washington, D.C., study education reporting

Editor’s Note: Four Spectator staffers recently attended the Young Invincibles College Journalist Summit. The non-profit group is based in D.C. and represents the interests of 18-34 year olds related to public policy. 

Andee Erickson, Gabe Lagarde, Sami West and Lara Bockenstedt represented The Spectator staff at the Young Invincibles’ College Journalist Summer in Washington D.C..

Renewing a passion for journalism

By Sami West

I can’t help but revel in the timing of our visit to Washington, D.C. Not only had we just returned from a trip to a journalism conference in Madison, with our heads brimming with ideas and information we were eager to apply to our classes and to our beloved student newspaper, but we are in the midst of what will surely mark a turning point for the practice of journalism. With what seems like more distrust in the press than ever and our nation’s president publicly deeming the press an enemy of the American people, it’s  difficult to keep from feeling discouraged about the future of journalism.

Still, I found my passion for journalism to be stronger than ever following the two-day trip. We made the most of our 36 or so hours in the District, spending all of Sunday sightseeing before the conference Monday. After checking in at our hotel, we hopped on the Metro to walk the National Mall in pursuit of the Newseum. There, we had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the history and practices of journalism across the country; all over the world. I was reminded of just how central the First Amendment is to the premises America was founded on in their First Amendment exhibit, and got an eye-opening look into how some of America’s greatest events and tragedies were covered, like the Civil Rights Movement and all the presidential elections. We ended our day taking in a perfect sunset from the stairs of Jefferson Memorial, and from there, scurrying to the rest of the monuments in the dark. The day, though fleeting, was nothing short of magical.

Monday was spent at the Young Invincibles’ College Journalist Summit. Surrounded by fellow college students, journalists, future politicians and philosophers, it was an enlightening experience in the atmosphere alone. The opportunity to hear from top-tier higher education journalists, as well as Sen. Tim Kaine in the Russell Senate Building were certainly the most exciting parts of the day. I left D.C. with a better understanding of the most prominent issues within higher ed today, and a newfound confidence in reporting on issues I had little knowledge of before. I can’t stop thinking about the beautiful cherry trees, beginning to bloom, and how I too have blossomed since that trip. I look forward to applying all that I’ve learned to my studies and time as editor-in-chief.


Captivating what Journalism is all about in the Newseum in Washington D.C

Finding Diversity in my Journalism Experience

By Lara Bockenstedt

Unloading the suitcase from Madison and filling it again for Washington D.C., the four of us (Andee Erickson, Gabe Lagarde, Sami West and I) landed Sunday afternoon at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. We spent the afternoon in the Newseum, immersed in their well-known exhibits such as the 9/11 Gallery and the Berlin Wall Gallery, and the newer exhibits too, like the Annenberg Space for Photography’s Refugee exhibit which presented the work of photojournalists around the world covering the refugee crises. We then dashed to make it to the monuments before sunset.

Young Invincibles, the D.C.-based non-profit group that created the journalism summit for students across the U.S., works to empower student activism in issues of higher education and health care. Our itinerary allowed exciting opportunities such as taking part in a Q&A session with a panel of journalists who cover higher ed for media like Politico, and a session with Sen. Tim Kaine. Perhaps the most enriching part of the trip was conversing with students about how varied issues of higher ed are across the country. Overall, it was an experience that diversified my view of journalism and higher ed. I returned more passionate about what I’m studying and eager to apply the knowledge here at UW-Eau Claire.