Internship Opportunity: Communications Firm, PERITUS public relations

Job Title: Public Affairs Intern

Location: Birmingham, Ala.

Position Type: Paid, 20-35 hour work week*

Duration: Two-four months*

*the duration of this internship and hours worked each week can be negotiated and adjusted based on each applicant’s school schedule


Agency Overview

Peritus PR is a Birmingham-based communications firm partnering with brands, businesses and issues looking to make a difference. As a woman-owned business, top PR firm in the state and champion for local communities, we provide layered communications solutions at the intersection of brands and issues. Each person on our team brings a unique perspective – including interns – to create a comprehensive, full-service dynamic for our clients. Our specialized firm focuses on offering an integrative approach to help navigate challenges, drive results and create impact. We not only provide our team with a collaborative work environment, but an opportunity to foster personal and professional growth along the way.


Position Summary

A Public Affairs Intern with Peritus PR will assist the public affairs team with various communications, research and grassroots efforts to help each client achieve their unique goals.

Our public affairs internship attracts students who are interested in learning more about how communications plays a role in educating and influencing stakeholders during issue-based and policy-focused advocacy campaigns. Public affairs interns provide hands-on advocacy and grassroots support in a variety of industries and will gain experience in meaningful community relations campaigns.


Internship Responsibilities

  • Supports day-to-day client activities, including research, planning, implementation and evaluation of public relations and public affairs services with careful attention to resources, expectations and deadlines.

  • Maintains close and frequent contact with internal team, and strengthens rapport between the company and the client.

  • Helps prepare effective, comprehensive public affairs and public relations programs that are well organized and well written.

  • Demonstrates effective knowledge of current community, media and political landscapes and the workings of the political process at all levels of government.

  • Demonstrates effective knowledge of media, particularly those that impact client activities.

  • Assists in developing grassroots and third party communications activities to increase awareness surrounding client issues and initiatives, including third party coalition building, message creation and placement in appropriate outlets.

  • Writes effectively for media outreach support, marketing materials and other digital/printed methods of communication as required.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by directors, supervisors and peers as appropriate.


Position Requirements and Desired Skills

  • Working towards or recently earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, political science, public relations and/or marketing.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Strong grammatical skills and AP style knowledge.

  • Relevant campaign/intern experience with public relations and/or politics.

  • A passion for scanning relevant news, trends and current events for clients’ industries.

  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.

  • Self sufficient time-management skills and the ability to multi-task.

  • Loyal client service mentality and the ability to work effectively in a team environment.

  • Possess the ability to provide professional counsel and account support for our clients.

  • Eager to learn and take on new challenges.


To Apply

Please attach your resume, three writing samples and a cover letter and send to our team by emailing connect@perituspr.com.


PERITUS public relations is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, gender, gender identity, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.

Fall 2019 applications are due Friday, September 6.