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Iowa City Book Festival Publicity and Marketing Interns Wanted

Marketing interns will assist in all aspects of the marketing and publicity work for promotion of the 2011 Iowa City Book Festival. Interns must be in Iowa City for the summer of 2011.

ICBF 2010 intern, Katelyn McBride says “The internship gave me experience in many different areas: event planning, community outreach, media relations, public relations, creative projects, writing and editing… you meet a lot of different people and do a lot of different things. I felt like a valuable asset to the planning committee. It’s a fun group to work with and a rewarding process to see all your hard work pay off with a successful weekend event.”

Some duties will be based on experience and skills of the interns, others on the needs of the committee. Scope of responsibilities is to assist in planning and organizing promotional plans for the Iowa City Book Festival; also to serve as primary tacticians in the execution of distribution of promotional materials, research, and social media management.

Specific Duties to include, but not limited to:

  1. Attending committee meetings with Kristi Bontrager and Allison Means
  2. Writing articles and conducting interviews about and with authors
  3. Working to schedule interviews and planning for authors
  4. Continuing development of potential partner list of local and regional businesses to be utilized as possible sponsors and/or partners in “A Day in the City of Literature,” and purveyors of event information
  5. Maintaining and updating social media pages and platforms appropriate to publicize the ICBF (
  6. Distributing promotional materials to all participating sites in the Iowa City Area
  7. Creating logistical planning itineraries with regional potential partners for publicity and information distribution
  8. Helping support and publicize upcoming fundraisers in the fall and spring semesters
  9. Researching other events, festivals and area venues appropriate for material posting or physical presence in promoting the event
  10. Assisting in Volunteer orientation prior to ICBF (weekend and weekdays)
  11. Being available throughout the festival for duties as assigned, from set-up to tear down. ** Please keep in mind that from Friday, July 1 through the weekend of July 15 – 17, a schedule of longer hours will be required.

Applicants should be aware that not all duties will be equally challenging, but all will be duties that are regularly performed by committee members during the process of publicizing the ICBF. Upon completion of the 2011 ICBF, the confident and successful intern will be able to receive letters of recommendation from the ICBF planning committee.


  • Current enrollment or acceptance at the University of Iowa
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Photoshop, InDesign, Powerpoint, and Microsoft Suite experience desired


Start date: Thursday, September 23, 2010
End date: Monday, July 18, 2011

Fall 2010 Semester (Sept. 23 – Nov. 30): 2-5 hours/week
Spring 2011 Semester (Jan. 19 – May 2): 10-15 hours/week
Summer 2011 (June 1 – June 30): 15-20 hours/week
July 1 – the Festival: 20+ hours


Please answer question below and return via email only to before September 13.




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Describe any course work or job experience that involved any aspects of publicity, marketing or public relations.

What skills make you a good candidate for this position?

What are your career goals? Be specific as possible.

Describe your computer skills.