Author: Sandi Poreda

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2018 Internships

UPDATE: We have closed the form-based submission process. If you are still interested in these opportunities, please reach out to each organization directly.

Below is a list of internship opportunities for Spring and Summer 2018. Bulldog Strategy Group is not responsible for filling the majority of these internships and is merely acting as a facilitator for the majority of these opportunities.

  1. Girls on the Run Big Bend, https://www.gotrbigbend.org/
  • Term: spring & summer
  • Number of positions available: 2
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: Social media, general PR outreach, manage council-wide email communication around fundraisers, program, etc, collect stories from volunteers, girls, and families
  • Minimum time requirement: 10 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work: remote with some in-person meetings
  • Compensation: No compensation
  • Any special requirements or requests: writing samples preferred, able to work independently

  1. Bowstern Marketing Communications, http://www.bowstern.com/
  • Term: PR intern for summer, account management intern for spring
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: PR interns write press releases, media advisories, fact sheets, etc.; distributing and pitching press releases, media advisories, etc.; assisting in planning public relations strategy; assisting in planning and executing press events; outreach, etc. AM interns work one-on-one with an Account Manager researching target audiences, writing (website, brochure, billboards, advertorials, etc.), assisting in developing client strategy, etc.
  • Minimum time requirement: 20 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work: on site
  • Compensation: No compensation
  • Any special requirements or requests: writing samples preferred

  1. CoreMessage, http://coremessage.com/
  • Timeframe – we need one intern for spring and one intern for summer (but can accommodate up to two interns each semester)
  • General explanation of what you need an intern to do – Our interns help write various materials including news releases, media advisories, letters to lawmakers, opinion editorials and letters to the editors, as well as build media lists, conduct research, help plan press events, etc. Light administrative support is occasionally needed, such as answering the phones, but generally our account coordinator fulfills those duties.
  • Minimum time requirement – 12-15 hours per week at our office.
  • Compensation – Interns will receive a stipend at the end of the semester. Also, successful interns have an opportunity for a paid, part-time account coordinator position following their internship.
  • Any special requirements or requests – must have reliable transportation. An interest in state government and politics is also a plus. We would like a writing sample (news release or op-ed if possible)

  1. Tallahassee Bar Association, http://tallahasseebar.org/
  • Term: springs & summer
  • Number of positions available: n/a
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: event planning and staffing, social media, event graphics, event photography, newsletter writing and editing.
  • Minimum time requirement: 10-15 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work: Primarily on site, some remote via email
  • Compensation: TBD

  1. Christ Presbyterian Church, http://www.cpcusa.org/
  • Term: year-round
  • Number of positions available: 1
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: We are a small church with a small staff that is struggling to spread the word effectively through social media and local coverage about how people can get involved with that we do. We’re very creative and in my mind, a very nice blend of traditional church with a very modern approach to theology. We need an intern to help us with social media, website updating, and writing articles that could be contributed to local media to encourage participation in our events.
  • Minimum time requirement: 10 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work: n/a
  • Compensation: TBD
  • Any special requirements or requests: Ideally, someone who has a passion for grassroots collaboration for community service, and someone who enjoys the church environment. You can check us out – Christ Presbyterian Church – and see more about us. Someone who is creative and flexible, with a good sense of humor and balance of PR and art.

  1. The Zimmerman Agency, http://www.zimmerman.com/
  • Term: Spring
  • Number of positions available: 8
  • General explanation of what each intern would do:
    • Conduct Marketing, Website Analysis, Destination, Pop Culture and Media Research
    • Draft pitches and press releases
    • Develop story angles and help with creative brainstorming
    • Prepare media lists and dissect media publications
  • Minimum time requirement: 15-20 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work: on site
  • Compensation: no compensation

  1. Ekk & Hamilton Realty, http://ehrealtygroup.com/
  • Term: spring & summer
  • Number of positions available: 3 – marketing, sales and organizational
  • General explanation of what each intern would do:
    • Marketing – Vendor relations, orchestrating Ads, social media posts, blogging
    • Sales – database, follow up, processes, lead generation
    • Organizational – auditing files, scanning, re-organizing Mktg material, mail-outs, database entry, answering phones.
  • Minimum time requirement: 10 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work: marketing and sales, 2 hours in office 8 hours remote. Organizational, 10+ hours in office.
  • Compensation:
    • Marketing – pay for gas to come to & from campus. Negotiable.
    • Sales – pay for gas to come to & from campus. Bonus with appointments made. Negotiable.
    • Organizational – 10+ hrs at office. Negotiable.
  • Any special requirements or requests:
    • Experience – beneficial but not mandatory:
    • Social media posting, PPC, scheduling, Real Estate, Excel, Phone etiquette, Qualifying, Friendly, Outgoing, Organized, Goal-oriented

  1. United Way of the Big Bend, http://uwbb.org/
  • Term: spring, summer and fall
  • Number of positions available: 2-3
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: press releases, developing a social media calendar, drafting posts, creating marketing plans for our special event, dabbling in website assistance and graphic design.
  • Minimum time requirement: 10-15 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work: blended
  • Compensation: no compensation
  • Any special requirements or requests: writing or graphic design sample required

  1. Florida Justice Association, https://www.floridajusticeassociation.org/
  • Term: spring
  • Number of positions available: 1
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: Content curation on topics relating to legislative issues. Assist drafting press releases (on legislative content). Conducting written and video interviews. Potentially hosting/promoting Facebook live interviews. Open to creative ideas on social media promotion of members and issues during session.
  • Minimum time requirement: 10 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work: mostly onsite, option for remote
  • Compensation: hourly minimum wage

  1. practice42, https://practice42.com/
  • Term: spring & summer
  • Number of positions available:
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: copywriting, social media content creation
  • Minimum time requirement: 10 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work: onsite
  • Compensation: $250/month or $10 per hour
  • Any special requirements or requests: sample topics will be sent for a writing sample

  1. Consortium LP, https://www.consortiumlp.com/
  • Term: spring
  • Number of positions available: 1-2
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: content creation, storytelling
  • Minimum time requirement: 10-20 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work: on site
  • Compensation: stipend offered

  1. Around the Writer’s Tablehttp://aroundthewriterstable.com/contact/
  • Term: spring & summer
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: social media content creation, blog writing, web support, website management
  • Minimum time requirement: 5 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work: primarily remote
  • Compensation: no compensation

  1. Gomes Media Strategies, http://gomesmedia.com/
  • Term: spring
  • Number of positions available: Graphic Design; Social Media Marketing; Content Writer/Broadcast
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: Interns are expected to have an interest in current events, particularly Florida politics, environmental and social issues. We’re looking for political & news junkies with technical skills to bring stories to life on our flagship program, The Rotunda. Interns also assist in developing and executing public relations campaigns for our clients. Duties include assisting in telephone pitches, assisting with preparation for client presentations, writing proposals and reports, researching issues, writing audio transcripts, news releases, social media content, audio and video recording and editing, general office tasks and other various tasks associated with our business.
  • Minimum time requirement: 15 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work: primarily remote
  • Compensation: no compensation

14. Leon County Humane Society, http://www.lchs.info/

  • Term: spring & summer
  • Number of positions available: 1
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: social media account management, graphic design, video creation and editing, e-newsletter creation, copywriting/blog updates, marketing.
  • Minimum time requirement: 10-20 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work: ~4 hours onsite work
  • Compensation: no compensation
  • Any special requirements or requests: must be a self-starter with writing samples. Video editing skills a bonus.

  1. The Authenticity Coach, https://www.theauthenticitycoach.com/contact.html
  • Term: spring & summer
  • Number of positions available: 1
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: assist with social media presence, scheduling, consistency. Designing a brochure, coordinating all social media and dates of trainings, group coaching etc to be included on my website, flyers brochures etc.
  • Minimum time requirement: 5-10 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work: remote
  • Compensation: no compensation
  • Any special requirements or requests: previous intern experience

  1. Enwright Consulting Group, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Enwright-Consulting-Group/163679576984704
  • Term: Immediate/spring/summer
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: execute campaigns for clients, designing, publishing, social media content creation, graphic design, creative writing, a working knowledge of political and world news, excel proficiency and the ability to process data
  • Remote or onsite work: on site
  • Compensation: $10-15/hour
  • Any special requirements or requests: ability to customize CSS and HTML, 1+ year of experience working in digital content creation

  1. Target Print & Mail, http://targetprintmail.com/
  • Term: Spring through fall
  • Number of positions available: 1
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: marketing, sales, and strategic communication
  • Minimum time requirement: 10 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work: primarily remote
  • Compensation: no initial compensation, $10/hour after a few months
  • Any special requirements or requests:
    • Develop & execute new marketing initiatives for the company
    • Oversee our “Giving Council,” focusing on where to direct our sponsorship and in-kind donation budget
    • Identify new leads for the sales team
    • Develop marketing initiatives to reach out to new verticals for our company
    • Analyze sales history to highlight growth opportunities
    • Social media marketing

  1. Audubon Florida, http://fl.audubon.org/
  • Term: January – June
  • Number of positions available: 1
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: create social media content, use social media scheduling platforms, develop marketing pieces, update website, write and edit public relations materials, assist in the creation of short videos, maintain and develop media and community contact lists, monitor reports and mentions of Audubon Florida in the media
  • Minimum time requirement: 15 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work: on site
  • Compensation: $10/hour
  • Any special requirements or requests: internship better suited for upper level or grad students

  1. Salter Mitchell, http://www.saltermitchellpr.com/
  • Term: springs & summer
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: public relations, marketing and social media campaigns for clients
  • Minimum time requirement: 25 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work: onsite
  • Compensation: Hourly

  1. Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, https://www.tmh.org/
  • Term: springs & summer
  • Number of positions available:
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: marketing and communications projects including, but not limited to, creative campaigns, research, social media planning and content, small in office projects, filming, editing and writing.
  • Minimum time requirement: 12 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work:
  • Compensation: None
  • Any special requirements or requests: will accept applicants with and without experience. Would like phone interview before in-person interview.

  1. Florida Senior Living Association, www.floridaseniorliving.org
  • Term: Spring, Summer
  • Number of positions available: 2-3
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: public relations, organizational, legislative affairs
    • Public Relations: intern would assist with social media, event planning, media relations and other public relations tasks
    • Organizational: intern would assist with membership management, leads tracking and office organization
    • Legislative Affairs: intern would assist with public policy development and efforts to promote issues during legislative session in the spring
  • Minimum time requirement: 10-15 hours per week
  • Remote or onsite work: PR – combination; organizational – on site; legislative – on site
  • Compensation: no compensation
  • Any special requirements or requests: strong writing and organizational skills; good time management, proactive

  1. Bulldog Strategy Group, www.bulldogstrategygroup.com
  • Term: Spring, Summer
  • Number of positions available: 1-2
  • General explanation of what each intern would do:
    • Pro Bono management – oversee firm’s pro bono projects and clients; assist with social media, event management and other public relations tasks as necessary
    • Firm promotion – manage BSG’s social media and blog; keep website up to date; develop and implement a system for client relations
  • Minimum time requirement: 8-10 hours per week
  • Remote or onsite work: combination
  • Compensation: no compensation but opportunity for paid work after first semester
  • Any special requirements or requests: strong writing and organizational skills; good time management, proactive

  1. Tallahassee Adventure Club
  • Term: spring & summer
  • Number of positions available: 2-3
  • General explanation of what each intern would do: help and assist with writing press releases, social media posts, general volunteering, taking pictures, editing Facebook ads, and joining us on all of our expeditions locally.
  • Minimum time requirement: 10 hours/week
  • Remote or onsite work: primarily remote
  • Compensation: no compensation
  • Any special requirements or requests: open-minded to trying new things and being a part of something bigger than themselves.

More info: The Tallahassee Adventure Club is multifaceted. We provide outdoor experiential leadership classes for children ages 5 to 95.

The profits we receive from classes are redistributed in community initiatives that look like fully sponsored campouts. At these campouts the camper and their family receive three-man tents, backpacks, air mattress, sleeping bags, headlamps and a lifetime memory.

The Tallahassee Adventure Club also is offering a new program designed for at-risk youth in the Tallahassee Community. The incentive-based program lasts eight weeks and participant earn points by showing up to the class on time raising letter grades and volunteering in the community. Participants also will experience during the class time leadership conversations healthy lifestyle critical thinking and conflict resolution conversations as well the students will also learn a hard  outdoor skill as they go along. The skills will come into play at the very end when they go on an official adventure with the Tallahassee Adventure Club or the students will apply all of the things that they learned over the course of the eight weeks as a surprise.

The Tallahassee Adventure Club has a FSU satellite program that will be directly involved in administering this program. The program is paid for by community organizations.

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2017 Internships

Bulldog Strategy Group is seeking intern applicants for a number of positions in the summer and fall semesters. These positions are unpaid but can be taken for course credit with the appropriate documentation.

Summer internships will start May 7 and will run through August 18. Fall internships will begin August 28 and will run through December 15.

Leon County Humane Society – Social Media and Fundraising
Needs: One intern for summer, one intern for fall
Schedule/Hours​: 10-20 hours per week, days/ times flexible between 10am- 5pm, Monday- Friday, with some Saturdays required.

Target Print & Mail – Marketing
Needs: One intern for fall
Will include social media planning, writing and management as well as event planning and some graphic design. Hours are flexible and can be completed remotely. Looking for someone to commit approx. 15 hours per week.

Florida Police Chiefs Association – Public Relations
Needs: One intern for summer, one intern for fall
Requires a minimum of 20 hours per week during normal working hours. Responsibilities include drafting media materials, assisting with event preparation and other items as needs develop.

FL Argentum – Membership/Marketing
Needs: One intern for summer
Requires a minimum of 15 hours per week during normal working hours. Responsibilities include assisting with event preparation, some office management and other items as needs develop.

Please complete the following form if interested in any of these opportunities.

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Foster Dog Friday: Noah

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Meet Noah, a beautifully mannered, kind boy looking for a special home.

Noah needs a forever home. He’s almost 2 years old, neutered, microchipped, up to date on vaccines and on heartworm preventative. He was rescued from a GA shelter, treated for heartworms, and transformed from a pitiful, skeletal being to an active, happy family dog. Noah is reliably housebroken and good with all pets and children. You won’t find a kinder soul than his! Noah has skeletal problems but does perfectly on daily anti-inflammatories. He loves water! 

For more informations or to fill out an adoption questionnaire visit: www.LCHS.info.

Foster Dog Friday: Tanner

TannerThis adorable fellow is Tanner! He and his sister were found as young pups, and cared for by a good Samaritan. Now they are ready to find homes of their own!

Tanner is a 9-10 month old chocolate Lab mix, weighing about 25-30 lbs. He is a little shy at first, but warms up quickly and is made of pure sweetness! Tanner is good with other dogs. He is learning all about life as an inside pet right now. He’d love a family to call his own! Tanner is up to date on vaccines, micro-chipped and will be neutered prior to adoption.

If you’d like to add this sweet pup to your family, email us at LastHopeRescueFL@gmail.com.

Foster Dog Friday: Thea

DSC_1295Aside from being a model, Thea loves attention, exercise and would be happiest in a one-dog home so she can be the star. She is in need of a family who will give her all the love she wants and a little training. She is housebroken, crate-trained, spayed and up to date on her shots.

Thea is loyal and will never want to leave your side! You can always find her a few steps behind you waiting to slip into your arms.

For adoption information, visit www.TallahasseePetsAlive.org.

Foster Dog Friday: Fisher

Fisher is three years old, neutered and chipped, loves belly rubs and people. He is (mostly) housebroken, but needs a reminder when he is outside to use the bathroom; otherwise he will get wrapped up in his doggy activities. By the looks of those eyes it is clear he just needs somebody to love!

If you’re interested in fostering this sweet boy, please contact Amy Raddar at the Leon County Humane Society and tell them you want to #FosterFisher!

 

Foster Dog Friday: Calvin

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Calvin is a 90 pound Great Dane Mix. He is heart worm negative and is up-to-date on all shots.

Calvin attends doggy day care three days a week where he is around 40+ dogs, and loves the attention. On the weekends he spends his time at the dog park and lounges with the three other dogs he is currently living with. He even enjoys the company of cats when they are around.

When meeting new people Calvin is a little timid, but once he warms up to you he becomes your 90 pound Teddy Bear.

For more information, contact Chelsea Carroll: (850) 567-9400 or ccarroll452@gmail.com

Foster Dog Friday: Thea

Thea is a little firecracker and would be happiest in a one-dog home so she can give you all of her love and get all of your attention. She’ll need a family who will give her LOTS of love, plenty of exercise and some training. She’s housebroken, crate-trained, spayed and up to date on her shots.

Thea ADORES cuddling with her Human and will even push her head up under your hand if you take a break from petting her. Once she decides you’re her person, she will follow you everywhere!

For adoption information, visit www.TallahasseePetsAlive.org.

Red Dog Blue Dog Bartends for Rescues

If politics really is going to the dogs, why not use it to the dogs’ advantage?

The Second Annual Red Dog Blue Dog Benefit raised nearly $4,000 by pitting Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar) and Rep. Evan Jenne (D-Hollywood) against each other in a battle of the bartenders at Madison Social. Drinks were poured and the tips poured in to benefit the Leon County Humane Society, the Animal Shelter Foundation and Last Hope Rescue.

Not only did we get to sponsor the event, we brought Fisher, our very own foster dog from the Leon County Humane Society. Fisher is a three-year old sweet pitt mix with sad eyes, a goofy smile and an uncompromising love of belly rubs. Rescued from Tampa, he’ll need a loving permanent home once he completes his heartworm treatment. Fisher is neutered, microchipped and housebroken. If you are interested in meeting Fisher or would like more information on how to adopt, email Sandi.

Red Dog Blue Dog financially supports community-wide efforts to help more homeless animals find loving homes, reunite lost pets with their owners and promote responsible pet ownership. We’ll be back next year!

Media Relations: Not As Painful As You Thought

 

Too often, lawyers and reporters are like oil and water. “No comment” has become the phrase du jour when a microphone is in your face on the steps of the courthouse. But it doesn’t have to be like this. With a good foundation for professional relationships and some basic media relations practice, you can work with the media instead of avoiding them like the plague.

Let’s start with the basic premise that people treat each other better if they have an existing relationship. The worst time to make friends is when you really need them, so make a proactive effort to get to know the reporters who are likely to cover issues related to your clients and your practice areas. This can be as simple as inviting them out for a cup of coffee to introduce yourself. You both have jobs to do, but if you can look for a way to support each other, the relationships may provide you with long-term benefits. Just remember, you’re never really off the record, so be professional.

If a member of the media does ask you for an interview, there are some basic principles you can follow to manage the interview as best you can. Remember – you are never guaranteed full control or positive coverage; however, with good message management, you can dramatically improve how you are portrayed.

First, figure out in advance what your purpose is for the interview. Who are you trying to reach and what do you need to communicate? Having a clear goal will keep you focused, and key messages can improve the probability that your audience will receive clear, consistent and compelling information.

Develop three key messages to serve as the foundation for all communications and to weave into each interview. They should fit on one page: each as two or three sentences in length or 15 to 30 seconds when spoken. Your goal is to introduce and reinforce key messages through supporting information, such as:

  • Facts: Use simple and descriptive statements.
  • Statistics or figures: Put information into easy-to-understand or quantifiable terms.
  • Authorities: Quote credible, relevant third-party experts.
  • Stories: Share a case study, personal experience, anecdote or analogy.

Questions can be the scariest part of an interview, but if you know your subject matter well, you should be able to figure out what you’re likely to be asked. After identifying potential queries, including what you’re afraid of being asked, you can arm yourself with key message-laden responses and practice delivering those answers so you can provide them smoothly when asked by the interviewer.

Practice really is key to delivering a good interview. If you know in advance what you’re likely to be asked, what you want to communicate and how effectively you can communicate, you can prep for any interview just like you would prep for opening or closing statements in the courtroom. Ask someone to evaluate how clearly you speak, whether certain words are difficult for you to enunciate and whether you have any nervous behaviors, such as excessive blinking, strange hand gestures or swaying back and forth. If you’re aware of these behaviors ahead of time, you can practice correcting them.

For TV interviews, projecting confidence is especially critical. When asked a question, pause and think quietly about your next thought. Finish your sentence and wait for the reporter to ask another question – don’t talk just to fill a silence. Be aware of your non-verbal messages, including facial expressions, posture, gestures, etc. And talk to the interviewer, not the camera. Maintain good eye contact, listen and speak with conviction

You may be in a situation where you can’t necessarily plan out when or where you’re asked for an interview, such as on the courthouse steps. However, the preparation method is the same. Think critically about what a reporter might want to cover (or ask your new reporter friends) and plan out the key messages you need to communicate and how you might answer difficult questions. Remember, “No comment” is NOT AN OPTION. At worst, let the reporter know that you can’t address that question at this time. It’s also ok to calmly walk away if a reporter is being unprofessional. What you DON’T want to do is let a reporter provoke you into making reactive or emotional response.

Sometimes, a good media interview can be extremely beneficial to you or your client, and at the very least, minimizing potentially negative coverage is always a good idea. Use this combination of proactive relationship building and practical preparation to begin taking the terror (or distaste) out of your interactions with the media.