PR/Marketing Opportunities for Students

General Role Description

We are looking for students interested in gaining PR/Marketing experience and/or course credits as part of a practicum, independent study, externship, or internship experience. Such opportunities may include projects centered on development of marketing plans, development of new and maintenance of current networking and relations with diverse communities working with individuals with ASD and related developmental disabilities, promotional and marketing of current endeavors, fundraising and philanthropic activities. Prospective students will be working on a degree in marketing, communications, public relations, or journalism.

  • Creation of a national contact database across systems and professions
  • Entry, analysis, and representation of data related to service, public interest, private sector, and philanthropic groups
  • Design and development of general marketing materials targeted towards specific activities
  • Modification of existing materials to support individual organizations in their service and support of individuals with ASD
  • Design, development, and implementation of contests and activities across schools and departments to generate innovative concepts in supporting individuals with ASD
  • Identification of means for advertising and recruiting highly qualified students and individuals for intern, elective, and volunteer experiences
  • Content design for website updates to support Local Community Cadres statewide and globally
  • Contribution of innovate ideas to foster continued outreach and communication across consumers and providers
  • Creation of press materials and presentations
  • Brainstorming/Development of public relations concepts to meet objectives specific to Center activities, programs, and services
  • Organization of special events
  • Monitoring third-party social media sites
  • Support of media outreach

Basic Qualifications/Requirements:

  • High personal motivation, self-management, and detail-orientation
  • Ability to take responsibility in meeting deadlines and making progress without daily direct supervision
  • Strong spoken and written communication skills to communicate within and outside of the team
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Capacity and willingness to learn routines quickly, under the mentorship of the HANDS in Autism® staff
  • Flexibility in responding to new opportunities as they arise
  • Motivation to engage in and manage a wide range of intellectual work.
  • Academic and/or work experience related to the role (e.g., marketing, communications, public relations, journalism)
  • Evidence of satisfactory academic progress

Preferred additional qualities:

  • Strong computer skills with Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word, Excel, Access), publication design and production software (e.g., Adobe InDesign) and general Internet and electronic communications
  • Interest and ability to learn and help develop relational databases
  • Skill or experience in conducting literature searches using library databases and general search engines
  • Junior, senior, or graduate school standing
  • Effective communication skills to assist with interviews, focus groups, and qualitative research