Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Each year, the Ohio State Fair recruits college students for paid public relations internships. As an Ohio State Fair intern, you’ll have the unique opportunity to preview the “real world” of public relations in an exciting setting. Even though still a student, you will be treated as a professional communicator and assigned important projects.

The internships are designed to enhance your formal education with great on-the-job training. Assignments in media relations, promotions, desktop publishing and project management provide immediate, substantive opportunities. For example, during the Fair, interns staff the media center, pitch stories and assist media on the grounds. You’ll also serve as a key contact to radio and television stations regarding their promotions and remote broadcasts at the Fair.

Public relations interns will be challenged to excel at the Ohio State Fair. You’ll receive an invaluable amount of professional experience and generate a wealth of portfolio material …all while having fun!

Qualifications: Students who have experience writing new releases, organizing events, pitching stories and designing and writing newsletters and brochures will be first considered. You should respect deadlines, be detail-oriented, conscientious and know how to follow through. Work will be completed as a team as well as individually in a fast-paced, fun atmosphere.

Candidates with three years of college education in public relations, communications and / or journalism are best qualified for these positions. Computer skills are a must; desktop publishing experience is a plus.

Timing: Working hours will be Monday – Friday from 7:30 am – 4 pm in May, June and July. (School schedules will be taken into consideration when determining a start date.) Interns will work shifts on Saturdays, July 16 and 23.

During the 12 days of the Fair, which will be held July 27 – August 7, extended hours will be required (at least 14-hour shift each day.) Interns cannot take time off during the Fair. The entire internship cannot exceed 14 weeks.

How to get on board: To be considered for an Ohio State Fair public relations internship, please send your résumé and at least three writing samples to: Alicia Notestone, Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211. The deadline for receipt is March 1, 2011. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

Questions? Contact Alicia Notestone at 614-644-4011 or

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