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Now Hiring: Summer Public Relations Intern

Hawthorne Strategy Group interns are treated as full fledged members of the team. Our interns work side-by-side with industry professionals, from junior team members to leadership, in a supportive, mentoring environment. Throughout the internship, interns will develop communications and public relations skills to deliver meaningful, valuable, and creative support to a roster of diverse clients. Interns will work on challenging client assignments that draw on their ability to write clearly, concisely, and creatively while thinking critically and strategically.


Internships can run up to four months with the option to renew or extend, depending on the situation. Interns who successfully meet expectations that align with company culture might be eligible for permanent employment at the conclusion of the program. Hawthorne Strategy Group believes its interns should be respected members of the team, and as such, internship compensation is $18.50/hour. In addition to the hourly compensation, Hawthorne Interns are eligible for up to $500 in professional development funds. 


The Role

A strong fit for this internship means the candidate will possess strong writing skills and the ability to transition between clients and their different objectives, strategies, and tactics. A willingness to engage, ask questions, and jump in on client projects, even when the intern has limited information, will be critical to succeeding in this role. The goal is for the internship to be a valuable learning experience that will help transition the intern into a fulltime position in the career field. Potential intern projects may include:


·       Draft media materials including, but not limited to, press releases, media alerts, fact sheets, briefing documents, and pitches

·       Research and compile information on current and potential clients

·       Develop media lists for various client projects and actively pitch media

·       Sharpen workplace communications skills

·       Conduct research to draft newsletter, blog, and social media content for Hawthorne Strategy Group


The Requirements

·       Completed at least three years of college and working towards a degree in English, Political Science, Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, a similar area of study, or recent graduate

·       A professional presence with strong written and oral communication skills, demonstrating creativity and technical expertise

·       Ability to manage competing priorities and carry out assignments with limited supervision

·       Strong project management, analytical, and interpersonal skills

·       Collaborative spirit and ability to problem solve

·       Strong organizational and self-management skills

How to Apply

·       Please email your resume and a writing sample to Senior Account Manager Jonathon Sadowski at (writing samples may include a writing assignment completed within a class, from a previous internship, a blog you create content for, etc.)

·       We are looking for a candidate that can dedicate between 30-40 hours per week; this role also has the potential to become full-time employment

·       This is an hourly paid internship opportunity

·       We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

About Hawthorne

Founded in 2012, Hawthorne Strategy Group is a certified woman-owned business with deep experience managing and implementing communications strategies for clients of all sizes from corporations to non-profits to government entities.

Our process is focused on achieving measurable outcomes that support our client’s business objectives. Our award-winning team provides our clients the expertise of a global agency and focused attention from senior leaders. Hawthorne’s integrated approach and communications solutions are informed by decades of experience in crisis and issues management, corporate reputation and positioning, media relations, executive leadership and communications training, public affairs, and marketing. Hawthorne has been honored with awards from multiple organizations such as Publicity Club of Chicago, PRSA Chicago Skyline Awards, and The Bulldog Awards.


To learn more about Hawthorne, head here.


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