Deer Valley Music Festival Public Relations Internship

June 1, 2017 – August 1st, 2017

Utah Symphony and Utah Opera is seeking a part-time Public Relations Intern to assist the Public Relations Director with expanding media relations efforts and placement. Intern would be responsible for drafting press releases and blog posts, updating and managing media lists, distributing relevant press materials to media in advance of their deadlines, monitoring and tracking media clips into our library, assisting with content generation, creating posts and monitoring traffic on social media channels, conceptualizing and pitching unique story angles to the media and assisting the Marketing Department with any other projects as necessary. Hours are flexible and will be determined prior to the internship. Internship duration will also be determined based on mutual company and intern needs.

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Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Writing and distributing press releases for the Deer Valley Music Festival
  • Writing blog posts
  • Conducting guest artist Q&As
  • Research and content production for patron relations project
  • Creating, updating and maintaining media lists
  • Social media post and traffic monitoring to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope
  • Monitoring and tracking media clips in an organized manner
  • Conceptualizing and pitching unique story angles and human interest stories to media

Ideal candidate should be a recent graduate or current student of Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing or Communications at an accredited university and have excellent written and verbal communication, and familiarity with journalistic AP Style. Experience writing news stories or marketing copy is a plus. Other important qualifications include an ability to meet deadlines, an assertive and creative work approach, excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, reliability and consistency. Candidate should understand the value of producing effective results over mere efficiency. Knowledge of classical music is also a plus. Access to a vehicle is not mandatory, but would facilitate travel to Park City, where the organization’s summer efforts are centered.

This position is unpaid, but can be taken for college credit. Other benefits include complimentary and discount tickets to performances, experience working in media relations and an increased understanding of arts marketing and promotions. Internship months would be June 1 to August 15, with possible continuation into fall internship and the symphony’s regular season.

Interested applicants should email a current resume, cover letter and writing samples to Renée Huang,, with “PR Internship” in the subject line by March 31, 2017.

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