Welcome to the ESC Weekly Update – your source for internships, job openings and news from the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University.
The Fairmount College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is hosting an employer symposium, in coordination with the Career Development Center, from 3-4 p.m. April 23 in Hubbard Hall 209. Employees (all Wichita State alumni) from Koch, the City of Derby, J. Van Sickle & Company and Communities in Schools will speak about what they look for in prospective employees and how they landed their current positions. Contact the LAS dean's office, 978-6659, for more information.
Students: Enter your work from jobs, internships or classes in the Elliott School’s annual merit awards competition. It’s a great opportunity to have your work evaluated by the faculty; winners will be recognized at our end-of-year celebration at 4 p.m. May 8 in Room 142 of the Rhatigan Student Center. The event will feature free pizza, awards and recognition for graduating seniors. Merit award entries are entirely online for the first time and you can get the details at http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=elliott&p=/2015_esc_merit_awards/. Hurry. Deadline is April 30.
The Public Relations Society of America Kansas Chapter is hosting a Student and Professional Development Day April 28 at Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas. The keynote speaker will be a crisis communication expert from San Antonio. Register and get more info at www.prsakansas.org/student-day.
ESC faculty and distinguished guests including LAS Dean Ronald Matson honored 2015 alumni award winners Shannon Littlejohn and Roni Ayalla at a dinner April 21 in the RSC. Littlejohn, a 1989 journalism graduate, has enjoyed a distinguished career with The Wichita Eagle, WSU University Relations and her own business, Shannon Littlejohn Communications. Ayalla, a 2008 IMC graduate, is president of New York-based Sandpaper Productions, a presentation consulting and community engagement firm.
ESC Associate Professor Dan Close, adviser to The Sunflower student newspaper for more than 16 years, will step down from the position in May. Close, who has been on leave during the Spring 2015 semester, will work on special projects for the school, and will continue to teach photojournalism and editing classes in the fall. During Close’s tenure, Sunflower student-journalists earned hundreds of Kansas Collegiate Media, Pacemaker, and other regional and national awards. Assistant Professor Jessica Bertapelle, who has served as acting adviser since January, has been appointed as permanent adviser starting in June. Bertapelle was editor of The Shorthorn at the University of Texas at Arlington, worked at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal during graduate school and taught news reporting at the University of Missouri as a Ph.D. student. Bertapelle joined the faculty at WSU as an assistant professor in 2013 and teaches editing, research methods and graduate seminars.
ESC outreach director Eric Wilson has been awarded a faculty fellowship to assist with orientations for new and incoming WSU students over the summer. The faculty fellows will share info on university resources, and network and answer questions from students and parents at several orientation sessions. Wilson was also selected to present on a panel about Comm Week activities at the Central States Communication Association conference April 16 in Madison, Wis.
May 1 is the deadline for students to apply for Kansas Association of Broadcasters scholarships. Eligibility requirements and applications can be found at http://kab.net/Programs/StudentServices/BroadcastScholarshipProgram/.
Jobs and Internships
The WSU Office of Strategic Communications is hiring a paid student- news and media relations associate to assist the University’s media relations team in developing news stories through interviewing, writing, editing and photography. Develop news releases and stories for publication as assigned. Additional responsibilities include providing back-up support for special events and for the Strategic Communications reception area. This 20-hour-per-week position begins in August, and full-time WSU students with strong writing skills and media experience are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Joe Kleinsasser, director of news and media relations, at email@example.com or 978-3013. Position is eligible for co-op credit.
Eby Construction in Wichita is hiring a full-time marketing coordinator to assist with CRM software, design and update marketing materials, assist with project proposals and photography, manage social media, coordinate promotional materials and plan company events. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and new media preferred. To apply, contact Michael Grier, president/CEO, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (316) 268-3512. Interested candidates should act quickly as interviews began this week.
Kansas Surgical Arts is accepting résumés for a paid, summer marketing intern. Looking for someone proficient in writing and who has a little bit of design experience. The full posting is at http://www.kansassurgicalarts.com/openings.html.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is seeking two special events marketing interns. One would work with the Light the Night campaign manager and the other with the Team In Training campaign. The intern with Light the Night will build relationships with walkers to assist them in fundraising efforts, retain previous walkers and help with logistics of the walk. For the Team In Training intern position, the individual will work on weekly newsletters, update social media and help plan recruitment events. Positions are eligible for Co-op credit. For more information, contact Kelley Mattivi at 978-6144 or email@example.com.
Wichita-based agency Jajo’s account service team is looking for a brand coordinator to assist in day-to-day management of client accounts. Position requires a keen attention to detail, an interest in entering the world of advertising and some client relationship-building experience. For more information check out jajo.net/contact.
Wichita State’s Applied Technology Acceleration Institute is hiring a technical marketing developer to create, design and edit marketing materials. The ideal candidate has experience with Adobe Creative Suite applications, good writing samples and a willingness to work in a diverse environment. This position will require 20 hours per week with potential for full-time in the summer. To apply, visit http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=atai&p=/anri_form/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advanced Physical Therapy is a PT-owned outpatient company with clinics throughout Kansas. The company is searching for a talented communications major to help create and edit exercise/orientation videos. This would be a part-time position done out of the College Hill location at 4515 E. Central. Pay based on experience. Interested? Please email résumé to Rachel Hamilton, email@example.com, or phone her at (316) 260-6869.
KQAM/KGSO in Wichita has an immediate opening for a news reporter. If you’re looking for a career in Radio/TV News, this is an ideal position for you. Applicants should possess the following traits: great writer, organized, able to meet deadlines, self-starter and proven ability to be precise and accurate. Seeking someone who can work well within a team, keep up with a fast-paced workflow and is willing to do whatever it takes to win. Reporter will work 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To apply, contact Jason Marks, operations manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, or (316) 721-8484.
The Hutchinson News is seeking an entry level page designer. The candidate should possess a creative eye and a flair for arranging visual elements to produce clever, appealing section fronts, feature pages and inside news pages. The candidate should also possess sound news and artistic judgment. Proficiency in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop is required; knowledge of Illustrator is helpful. Solid written communication and grammar skills and knowledge of AP Style are also essential. The Hutchinson News this year won the Kansas Press Association Sweepstakes Award for Daily Newspapers in the largest circulation division. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, résumé with references and three to five work examples to Ron Sylvester, managing editor, email@example.com.
The Wichita Force is looking for a video/graphic intern for the remainder of the 2015 season to assist with the creation of video content for the team’s social media and website. Applicant must own (or have access to) video editing software and computer compatible with Wichita Force film formats. Should have a passion for sports and an understanding of the game of football. This is an unpaid position. Student will be allotted 4 tickets to remaining Force home games, including playoffs. Approximately 6-8 hours of work per week are expected. If interested, please contact assistant general manager Tyler Soliday at 316.425.3009, or email résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Elliott School Update is published on Thursdays from August to May when classes are in session. Questions or content for consideration? Contact Eric Wilson, ESC outreach director, email@example.com or 978-6059.
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