On-Campus Internship Opportunities with Project Look Sharp

05/01/2013

Contributed by Sherrie Szeto

Project Look Sharp is a nonprofit, on-campus outreach organization that provides media literacy materials, curricula, and workshops to help educators integrate media literacy into classroom instruction and curricula. Join our educational team to help promote critical thinking and media literacy skills for the next generation. We host an average of 8 to 10 internships per semester, and we accept interns from all majors.  For more information about Project Look Sharp, visit our website.

See below for a listing of our Fall 2013 internship opportunities.

Website Resources Research
Work with Project Look Sharp’s lead author, Sox Sperry, to research and create resource lists for online primary source document archives in different subject areas such as science, English language arts and math. After an introduction to media literacy and constructivist media decoding, you will research and create linked lists that will be
published on the Project Look Sharp website. These resources will be made available to the tens of thousands of national and international educators that utilize our website’s educational materials.

Online Lesson Design
Work with Project Look Sharp’s lead author, Sox Sperry, to edit and re-format Project Look Sharp lessons for publishing and sharing on a new media literacy document commons wiki platform. Other tasks include researching processes for linking the lessons to the Common Core State Education Standards and researching formats for end user
rating activities to be implemented on the newly developed wiki platform.

Grant Writing
Work with Project Look Sharp’s lead author, Sox Sperry, on several grant proposal prospects for Project Look Sharp. This internship will provide an opportunity to experience the process of grant conception, research and writing for an educational nonprofit organization based at Ithaca College. The grant proposals will relate to issues and curricula materials focused on sustainability, social justice and environmental concerns.

New Media Tools for Media Literacy Education
Work with Project Look Sharp’s Director Chris Sperry on a number of initiatives related to new media, including:
  --revising our New Media Tools for Teachers resource descriptions on our website
  --researching and evaluating web-based models for curriculum and staff development
     to inform our work on a new Media Literacy Document Commons wiki platform
  --researching, designing, and implementing curriculum and design opportunities for
     adding 2.0 elements to the Ithaca City School District’s new online teaching and
     learning portal.
Experience with web and new media capabilities with an interest in their application in education preferred.

Media Literacy, Socioemotional Learning and K-5 Health Education
Work with Project Look Sharp’s director Cyndy Scheibe to help research media (commercials and other advertising, TV programs, films, Internet websites) and media literacy approaches for the development of K-5 media literacy lessons related to SEL and health education (e.g., advertising, nutrition, body image, stereotyping, safety, bullying).
As a K-5 Health Intern, you will work with a partner to help design, edit and format lesson plans for publication. Additionally, you may be involved in piloting, testing and evaluating media literacy lessons on Healthy Living or Safety, Respect and Responsibility by observing or interviewing children in local school districts. Experience with
elementary-aged children in an educational context preferred.

Promotion and Marketing (4 Internship Opportunities)
Gain skills and experience in marketing and promotion and an understanding of media literacy by working with our media expert Ari Kissiloff and a small team of interns to implement a promotion plan for Project Look Sharp. The internship includes the following activities:
    -Concentration 1: Database and Website Marketing
• Research and contact new and existing target groups for specific marketing campaigns
• Analyze website presence and initiate outreach proposals based on research
• Learn to use Filemaker and create scripts
• Craft emails to media literacy and education contacts
• Post existing educational lessons to web
• Research, propose, and implement additional promotional activities
    -Concentration 2: Design Marketing
• Design, create, and update promotional flyers and advertisements via InDesign, Photoshop, or I-works
• Analyze outreach data via Constant Contact
• Research, propose, and implement additional promotional activities
    -Concentration 3: Social Media Marketing
• Advise on, implement, and grow our existing and future social networking outreach initiatives (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc...)
• Help create and update “This Day in History” automated twitter database
• Learn to use Google Analytics and present data to the PLS staff
• Research, propose, and implement additional promotional activities
    -Concentration 4: Media Outreach Marketing
• Develop a media outreach plan and timetable for the semester
• Design, draft, send and follow-up communications to different media outlets
• Coordinate marketing efforts with Ithaca Media Relations for press releases
• Learn to use Filemaker, research and add media contacts to the database
• Develop a video & audio production plan for media outreach (e.g., for media outlets)
• Help develop a long-term plan for continued media outreach

Video Production
Use your expertise in video production to promote critical thinking about media messages for Project Look Sharp. Work collaboratively with Project Look Sharp’s Director Chris Sperry to create a variety of innovative short videos that promote our work and teach educators about media literacy practices. These instructional videos will be used
in workshops and will be posted to our website, Vimeo, and Youtube. Experience with Final Cut Pro or equivalent is required.

 

HOW TO APPLY

You may go to our website and apply online via the online forms, or pick up an application in 104 Williams Hall and return it to that same office.

For additional questions please contact Sherrie Szeto at sszeto@ithaca.edu, or call our office at 607-274-3471


** We accept applications until all positions are filled.

 

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