SUMMER 2021 – Journalism Internship (Ames, IA)

Employment Status



Open Until Filled


Ames, IA

The Journalism Intern has the opportunity to contribute to the community engagement team and YSS as a whole, by writing and editing pieces for publication.  Below are just some of the possible writing assignments.

  • Articles and press releases for newsletters and newspapers.  This position will need to write at least one article per week (400-900 words each).
  • CEO memos and letters
  • Write and edit our print materials (Focus newsletter, foundation newsletter, summer community-based center newsletters, brochures)
  • Develop content for the monthly electronic newsletter (both internal and external newsletters)
  • Assist with the updating/re-writing of the YSS website
  • Other responsibilities as needed
What YOU are looking for:
  • Gain valuable experience and grow writing portfolio.
  • Learn from mentors.
  • Learn more about behind the scenes nonprofit efforts and YSS programs.
  • Casual dress code, fun team, and the opportunity to extend the internship into the summer or fall.
What WE are looking for:
  • Commitment, Collaboration, Compassion, Innovation, Integrity, and a “Can Do” Spirit.
  • Superb professional writing and editing skills and the ability to write clearly.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs required.
  • Interest in writing and YSS’ mission
  • Personable and able to talk to a wide variety of people
  • Excellent verbal communication
  • Must meet weekly deadlines
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Must be a self-starter that is willing to take initiative on projects
  • All majors are accepted. The following majors are preferred: Journalism, Communication, PR, and related fields.
Training, Supervision, and Benefits:
  • This is an unpaid internship.
  • Intern will work as part of the Community Engagement Team and will be under the direct supervision of the Marketing & Communications Director.
  • Intern will get hands on experience and will leave with a portfolio of writing samples.
  • Will be invited to attend any YSS all staff trainings that are available during your time with us.

YSS Headquarters, 420 Kellogg Ave, Ames, IA 50010

Time Commitment/Requirements:
  • 10-20 hours per week; Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm (although once familiar with the agency there may be the option of working a few hours from home at night or on the weekend)

All precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including social distancing and wearing a mask while in the office. Please include a resume, cover letter, and 1-2 page writing sample in your application. If you have any questions regarding this internship email Amy Hutter at


All applicants are required to complete an online application.
YSS hires nicotine free staff only. YSS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.