The Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) is now seeking interns to fill their fall 2012 social media and video internships. Applications are due July 16, 2012.
The ICMB seeks to create awareness and tolerance of agriculture among the general consuming public through social media. To do this, we hire college students studying agriculture or communications or college students with a general interest in agriculture to increase positive ag presence in social media outlets. Selected students are encouraged to pursue Facebook, Twitter, or blogging opportunities – whichever fits their talents and interests – and to explore ways to increase readership, build a fan base, and engage the non-farm public in meaningful dialogue.
The video internships have many of the same goals, but utilize video and graphic art as a medium to encourage meaningful dialogue about farms and food production. Students with video shooting and editing experiences are encouraged to apply.
Not only is this opportunity of benefit to the ICMB and to the agricultural industry at large, but this opportunity should be considered an important professional development opportunity for each student. Students can expect to exit the internship with a meaningful portfolio of work to present to future employers. In addition, as more and more companies and associations become active in social media outlets, this experience and the data and exploration of what works and what doesn’t will be invaluable to future employers.
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