Communications and Journalism Internship
Start Date: September 2015
Structure: 10-15 hours/week, M-F; Schedule is flexible between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Interns with the desire to work through the summer season is preferred. Intern may have the option to intern for the remainder of the year or longer.

Internship Objective: To provide hands-on communications and journalism work experience in a non-profit environment that fosters learning but also encourages independence in project participation.

Academic qualifications: Incumbents should have a declared major in Public Relations, Journalism, or a related field. Applicant must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher.
Skills and qualifications: Student interns should have excellent writing skills and the ability to finish projects independently and on time. Good relationship-building skills and a positive personal demeanor are essential, as the incumbent will be working with a diverse group of people. Those with an interest in unique aspects of our community – especially local foods, independent merchants, and creative entrepreneurship – will be best-suited for this position.
• Understanding of Search Engine Marketing, social media, and Google Analytics.
• Able to work in fast-paced, self-directed environment.
• Excellent time management skills and able to multi-task activities with shifting priorities.
• Decision-making, problem resolution and creative thinking skills.
• Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
• Intermediate knowledge of Adobe programs including Photoshop and InDesign.
• Familiarity with Wordpress and Mailchimp.
• Desire to gather story ideas and meet weekly deadlines.
• Photography and video skills are a plus.

Description of intern responsibilities:
Gather and write stories for
Stay up to date with current events downtown
Update website weekly to coincide with current events
Manage  social media daily with event updates and special features (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
Photography of merchants and events
Support the market research function of DKI
Assist with the distribution of marketing materials to downtown merchants on an as need basis.
Stay on top of DKI's current marketing initiatives
Current Initiatives

Please send your cover letter, resume, two writing samples to Eva Ennis at


Planning & Development Internship

The Planning & Development Internship is currently open. Please submit a resume and list of relevant coursework to Meg Gernaat if you are interested in applying for the position.

The Planning & Development intern is typically an upper level undergraduate or graduate student that assists in Downtown Planning and Development, with a preferred emphasis in GIS. 

Job Description: The Planning & Development Internship is an unpaid internship that closely mirrors WMU's GEOG 4120 (Professional Practice) and GEOG 7120 (Professional Field Experience) classes. The Planning & Development Intern is required to work at least 12 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters, and 12-24 hours per week during the summer semesters.

Requirements: The Planning & Development Intern is responsible for assisting in downtown development and planning with a variety of research, database collection, annual survey's, GIS mapping and analysis, and inventory activities. The Planning & Development Intern will gain valuable experience in community development & organizational structure, as well as having numerous observation and networking opportunities in a professional setting.