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Barbara Schmitz Benish

Barb Benish, MBA

Internship Coordinator & Instructor
Office: Sage 3609
Phone: 424-7145


Internships are essential learning and professional experiences to help students gain knowledge in the field, discover their interests and build a resume and portfolio to get a job. Barb Benish, the department’s internship coordinator, works with students to find internships. The J427 Professional Journalism Internship course also is an option for academic credit. About 87% of students in our program have one or more internships before graduation. We believe this internship rate contributes to our 88% job placement rate in the field for new grads. Check out these internship openings and reach out to Barb Benish with any questions. 

Job, Fellowship & Networking Opportunities


Correspondence Manager -- Office of Governor Tony Evers (App due: 4/9/2021)

Correspondence Manager — Governor Tony Evers is seeking a Correspondence Manager to join his Constituent Services Department to manage all incoming and outgoing constituent opinion mail.

The ideal candidate will have a proven commitment to service of the people of Wisconsin and the state.

Job Responsibilities

The Correspondence Manager will report to the Director of Constituent Services and will be charged with managing the up to 54,000 incoming messages and the up to 150,000 outgoing messages monthly for inquiring constituents.

Specific job duties include:

Manages all incoming and outgoing correspondence in the Office of Governor Evers, including but not limited to physical mail, email, voicemail, live phone calls, and drop-in visits.

• Edits all outgoing constituent communication.

Aids in the planning and coordination of constituent responses as well as proactive messaging.

Acts in a supervisory role to all interns, fellows, and LTEs working on correspondence-related projects and maintenance.

• Supervises the CS Intern Coordinator LTE as well as the CS internship/fellowship program.

Maintains and organizes a database of several hundred thousand constituent contacts and messages.

Responsible for the staffing schedule of the main desk in the Office, including working shifts as the receptionist as needed.

Pulls weekly reports for the director and other senior staff, noting trends.

• Other duties as assigned.


Governor Evers is seeking candidates who excel in interpersonal communication and can adapt to a fast-paced workplace. You should have:

A demonstrated knowledge of the three branches of government and their bureaucracies as well as federal, local, and state current events.

A high level of organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Customer service experience.

Acute attention to detail.

Three years working in a related field preferred.

• Knowledge of IQ preferred.


Salary range $35,000 to $45,000 annually, commensurate with experience.

• Generous benefits package.

The Office of Governor Tony Evers is an equal opportunity employer and strives to recruit and retain high quality staff who are committed to increasing the diversity of the organization.

How to Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, and three writing samples to the Director of Constituent Services, Corissa Uselmann, at

Ripon Commonwealth Press seeks multimedia advertising sale representative

The Ripon Commonwealth Press is currently looking for a talented and outgoing Multimedia Advertising Sales Representative to join our team! In this position, you will work with local businesses to expand their brand identity and support their future success using print campaigns and digital marketing solutions. Learn more at

Summer 2021 Fellowship within the Office of Governor Evers

Attached is a part-time position description for our Summer 2021 Fellowship within the Office of Governor Evers that may be of note to you or someone you know. It pays $14/hour for 20 hours a week with rigorous professional development training. The deadline to apply is 3/25/21. 

Forum Communications Company

Forum Communications Company has a variety of jobs available in a variety of fields. 

To  see their  job openings, go to






Internships and Fellowships

UW Oshkosh’s Career and Professional Development is available to help you in your internships or job search. Check the online resources, classes, Handshake and more.


Insight Publications seeks summer editorial intern. - Apply by April 30

The Sheboygan Sun is looking for a digitally-focused intern this summer to handle a variety of content including helping write our popular daily morning newsletter, business and restaurant profiles, shooting photos and videos and posting news stories as needed.

Apply by April 9.

Learn more.

Insight Publications seeks summer editorial intern. - Apply by April 30

Insight Publications, a B2B publications company based in Appleton, is seeking a summer intern. We’re looking for not only someone who can write, but also knows AP Style inside and out. Other qualities that will help you stand out is good verbal communication, teamwork and flexibility. This is a paid internship that will work approximately 10 hours a week helping with various writing and editing projects.

Please send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to Insight Editor MaryBeth Matzek at

Applications due by April 30.


Fox Cities Magazine seeks editorial interns for summer and fall 2021

FOX CITIES Magazine offers internships in our editorial department, providing students with experience in the day-to-day operations of a monthly publication and up-to-the-minute digital channels. Balancing a variety of responsibilities, intern duties run the gamut from completing writing assignments to updating the many facets of

Interns attend events, interview local leaders, write blog posts and craft meaningful stories about life in the Fox Cities. Interns do not fetch coffee. There are ample writing opportunities available on topics such as the local arts scene, dining trends, home, health and personality profiles.

We are dedicated to equipping editorial interns with real-life experience. It matters to us that they leave our company with knowledge to assist them in their future career endeavors.

Besides the colleges and universities close to home, we look to other institutions around the state and consider applicants of all backgrounds and degrees. We do not discriminate based on race and sex. We are drawn to dedicated and unique personalities, which complement our fast-paced, demanding industry. We offer flexible scheduling within the 9-5 timeframe.

Interns are expected to commit to roughly 8-10 hours per week. The internship is unpaid, but students can choose to pursue college credit as an option.

Interns finesse research and reporting/editing skills while getting an inside look at the workings of a monthly publication.

  • Assist the editor with research
  • Update calendars and guides
  • Set up and conduct interviews with sources
  • Write pullout articles, artist spotlight and/or feature articles
  • Update web content (Dining Guide, Events Calendar, features, blog)
  • Organize copy and small office projects
  • Proofread and fact-check copy for print and online
  • Update
  • Contribute to the FCM blog and social media outlets
  • Participate in editorial planning meetings


  • Must be a sophomore, junior or senior studying journalism or English. Previous writing experience preferred, but not required. Graduates looking for an unpaid position to gain experience also are encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates should be enthusiastic and motivated idea generators who are willing to learn, able to meet deadlines and flexible.
  • Proficiency in various social media platforms and blogging desired.

Applications are accepted year round. Send cover letter, résumé and writing samples to Ruth Ann Heeter, Fox Cities Magazine, P.O. Box 2496, Appleton WI 54912; or email materials to


#4466888 Student Editorial Assistant (Work Study Student)

#4466888 Student Editorial Assistant (Work Study Student)

The Department of Political Science seeks a student to assist with the final stages of editing a book-length project. The selected student would work primarily with citation management, ensuring the citations are correct and, in the format, required by the book’s publisher. Other small tasks associated with the book may be assigned as required and as the student has interest. All tasks can be completed remotely.

Student applicants for this position must be very detail-oriented, familiar with academic scholarship and methods of citation, and committed to timely turnaround of work. A background in social science is helpful but not required. Students with experience in research, writing, or editing are especially encouraged to apply.

Hours per week: 5-7 – This position is open to students who qualify for federal work-study. Pay is $10 per hour.


Please apply on Handshake and for questions contact Dr. Tracy Slagter at

The Artifice -- Unpaid Internship

The Artifice  is an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms, including Film, Literature, Anime, Comics, Games, and Arts. It is collaboratively built and maintained by the writers. The platform has an established audience of millions. See:

Instead of recycling the same entertainment news stories or publishing commonplace editorials, The Artifice focus on unique topics that are intellectually stimulating and meaningful.

We are currently expanding and we would like to provide an opportunity for your students, staff, and faculty to join our team of writers.

Our writers range from undergraduates to emeritus professors.

If this is something of interest, can you simply forward this message and the following link to all of your former and current students, faculty, and staff:

Student editors sought for Oshkosh Scholar (Fall 2021)

Oshkosh Scholar student editors sought for Fall 2021

Email Robert Wagoner at in the Office of Student Research and Creative Activity if you are interested in this position. Resumes will be required later. He hopes to start interviewing after spring break.

Learn more.

YardBarker Sports News Editor Internship

Sports News Editor Internship

Yardbarker is a sports news service committed to delivering breaking NFL newsMLB newsNBA news, and NHL news. We write, aggregate and syndicate hundreds of articles, galleries and sports quizzes daily. And, we produce the most informative and customizable sports newsletter in the industry, The Morning Bark. To find out more, click here:

Science Web Magazine Writer (Freelance)

My name is Andrew Neff, I work with a science web-magazine, and I’d like to advertise a paid writing opportunity to your students.  We can’t quite manage a full paid internship, but are interested in paying your students to contribute individual pieces ($250 for 500-800 words).  Feel free to take a look at our organization’s website (, and reach out to me at any time should you have any questions.



Raw Story

Ongoing. Seeking journalism fellows and interns who have a sincere passion for news, politics, civil rights and government accountability. Successful applicants should be quick learners, organized and able to work efficiently under fast-paced editorial deadlines. Work closely with editorial staff copy-editing, researching and writing. Learn more

Marketing/Promoting/Event Planning

Advertising & Public Relations Opportunities

Summer Intern for the Office of Governor Tony Evers

I would like to notify you that our application portal is officially open and we’re currently accepting interns for our Summer 2021 program. As a trusted partner and someone we’ve worked with in the past to recruit students, we are hoping you could publish the internship posting to a newsletter or internship board that reaches your students.  Our application portal can be found here

2021 Barkin McKeithan Scholarship and Summer Internship Program

We’re reaching out today to let you know about our 2021 Barkin McKeithan Scholarship and Summer Internship Program.  

Mueller Communications is offering a full-time paid internship and $2,000 scholarship for this summer.  Our Barkin McKeithan Scholarship intern will spend the summer gaining real-world experience to help them accelerate to the next phase of their career.  

This position is open to students entering their senior year in the fall of 2021.  We hope that our staff will return to in-person office work soon, but we’ll continue to offer flexibility as a key pillar of our program. Ultimately, we’re looking for a self-starter who isn’t intimidated by making the most of a hybrid virtual/in-person environment.

The application form and instructions are on our website.  The deadline for submission is Monday, March 29th.

As Milwaukee and Wisconsin are at the heart of our company, our client base, and our work here at Mueller Communications, it is important to us that our team reflect the diverse audiences that build our community.  We appreciate your help making sure this opportunity reaches the hands of great candidates.

Cato Institute, Washington D.C. - Offer spring, fall and summer internships

Students and early-career professionals play an instrumental role in helping the Cato
Institute advance libertarian principles. Cato hosts interns for three semester-long
sessions each year—spring, summer, and fall. Assigned to specific departments based
on their interests and backgrounds, interns are able to work one-on-one with scholars
and staff on research and communication of that research. Interns also participate in an
intensive seminar series in which they learn about public policy, economics, history, and
political philosophy. Additional seminars cover professional development topics, such as
public speaking and interviewing skills.

Communications interns work in media relations, external affairs, and video production.
Interns also assist with events and occasionally help Cato staff with other day-to-day
Learn more at

Multimedia/Social Media/Web

Insight Publications seeks digital marketing intern for Summer 2021

Insight Publications, publisher of Insight magazine, the leading B2B business magazine in the region, has an opening for a digital marketing intern to help us take our website and digital marketing efforts to the next level.

Learn more.


Graphic Design and Photography

Oceans Campus, Mossel Bay, South Africa

Oceans Campus is offering an opportunity for undergraduate students of all levels to become a member of the Africa Media programs in Mossel Bay, South Africa. Africa Media is an environmental based media company specializing in the production of photographic, video and editorial media from the African continent. Four programs are offered specializing in wildlife film-making, wildlife and adventure photography, underwater photography and environmental travel writing. Learn more.



Disney College Program

Participate in the Disney College Program and get your foot in the door to potentially become a Disney Professional Intern. Learn more

Internships in other areas:

Madison Area

Internships in the Madison area can be obtained by visiting our sister site at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Minneapolis Area

Internships in the Minneapolis area can be obtained by visiting the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities website.

Diversity in Advertising and Public Relations Internships
California Internships
Newspaper Internship Directory (Updated annually)