CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

The Midwest Dairy Corporate Communications Internship provides an excellent opportunity for students interested in communications, public relations, marketing or agribusiness. The intern must positively represent Midwest Dairy objectives as they gain practical experience in communications and marketing programs and projects for dairy products.

This experiential learning opportunity is short-term (summer) employment based in the Midwest Dairy St. Paul office. During the summer program, the intern will be a paid employee of Midwest Dairy, earning $5,800 for three months, but will not be eligible for any benefits other than those provided to all employees under applicable law. The intern will work full-time hours. Some flexibility during the employment period is allowed.

Position Description

Term:  Three months approximately June 1 – Labor Day. If desired, the start date may be earlier with time off provided during the summer months.

Saint Paul, Minnesota:  Position located in the Saint Paul corporate office. 

Program Objectives

  1. Provide an outstanding young adult the opportunity to positively represent and work on behalf of the dairy industry in order to advance Midwest Dairy’s corporate objectives.
  2. Provide a challenging, educational and rewarding opportunity for a person to gain a practical education about the function of business, specifically the marketing and generic promotion of real dairy products.  This program also provides the intern with professional training and development opportunities.
  3. Generate assistance (human resources) to implement Midwest Dairy’s program of work.
  4. Introduce potential future employees to Midwest Dairy, and position the organization as a potential future employer to interns and candidates.
  5. Provide constructive input about the organization’s programming and operations, specifically about the internship program and its potential value for upcoming years.
  6. Introduce potential future employees to Midwest Dairy, and position the organization as a potential future employer to interns and candidates.
  7. Provide constructive input about the organization’s programming and operations, specifically about the internship program and its potential value for upcoming years.
  8. Build awareness in the academic and agricultural communities of Midwest Dairy as an organization that offers interesting and rewarding career opportunities.  It also allows the organization to build rapport with academic and agricultural leaders who may lend assistance/recommendations.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist with planning, writing, development and distribution of farmer newsletter, quarterly publication and other promotional and educational materials associated with Corporate Communications strategic objectives.
  • Assist in development of materials to share checkoff value messages through Midwest Dairy’s digital platforms, including website, social media properties and Dairy on the Air podcast.
  • Assist with the writing, development and distribution of ag media materials, including news releases, fact sheets and media pitches.
  • Work with communications managers to identify and develop other promotional and educational and marketing materials for use in promoting Dairy on the Air podcast and other Corporate Communications initiatives.
  • Assist in development of marketing and promotion materials to support the third annual Dairy Experience Forum.
  • Perform miscellaneous administrative and support functions including, but not limited to, report writing, ordering materials and collecting information.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

This is not meant to be a complete list. It is used as a guide to potential work activities for the internship position.

Relationships

  1. Directly responsible to and reports to the Corporate Communications Manager – Digital. 
  2. Collaborates with co-workers throughout the organization.
  3. Works under the direction/supervision of project leaders on specific projects.

Reporting

  1. Weekly itinerary and activity reports.
  2. Program/project updates as requested.

Compensation

  1. Receive $5,800 for three months paid in two-week increments.
  2. Mileage and other expense reimbursement according to Midwest Dairy policy.
  3. Workers’ compensation and liability insurance during summer employment.
  4. Copies of completed projects, articles and other materials for future reference (if not confidential in nature).

Requirements

  1. Must be a student that is a permanent resident of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma or Arkansas or be a student enrolled in a college or university in one of these states.
  2. Must be at least 18 years old on January 1, 2020.
  3. Must successfully pass Midwest Dairy’s background screening process.
  4. Must have a declared interest or major/minor in communications, marketing, public relations and/or the dairy industry.
  5. Must confirm availability and participation in short-term summer employment from approximately June 1 through September 4.
  6. The position is located in Midwest Dairy’s St. Paul office.

Application Process & Other Provisions

  1. All emailed applications must include a cover letter, resume, two writing samples and a list of three references including, but not limited to, current and former employers.
  2. Although Midwest Dairy anticipates the internship will last for approximately three months, no selected intern is guaranteed to have his or her internship last for any period of time. Midwest Dairy reserves the right to end the internship of an individual at any time for any reason. Agreement by an individual to participate in the internship does not constitute a contract or guarantee of employment.
  3. Midwest Dairy reserves the right to discontinue the program if no qualifying applications are received as determined by the association or for any other reason.
  4. Family members of Midwest Dairy directors or staff are ineligible for consideration unless the Midwest Dairy Corporate board grants a special exception.
  5. Must be able to pass a background check.

All application materials are due by November 1, 2019.  Email documents to:  

Trish Scorpio
Vice President, Corporate Communications
tscorpio@midwestdairy.com