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January 22, 2019

25 degree weather essentials:
  • puffy coat ✔
  • beanie worn indoors ✔
  • giant coffee ✔
  • an MJ-Careers email to get you sweating about impending deadlines ✔
MJ-School Opportunities
Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Program
Through the Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Program, students will have the opportunity to join one of two week-long programs that will show how business journalists report on what's most at stake in the economy, global stock and bond markets, government regulations and the job market. One program will be at the UNC School of Media and Journalism and one at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.

The programs take place in May and June 2019. All costs to participants in the program, including lodging and transportation, will be covered. The deadline to apply is January 29, 2019. Click here to apply.

Holding Power Accountable Lecture Series: Caitlin Owens
Learn how a recent MEJO grad – working for a Washington media startup – is generating a lot of buzz with smart and punchy political journalism – 200 words at a time. Join us for a discussion with Caitlin Owens (MEJO ’14), a health care and policy reporter for Axios in Washington, D.C., as part of the “Holding Power Accountable” lecture series. “Holding Power Accountable” features journalists who are leading the examination of the people and organizations that hold power in society. The event will be held on Jan. 28, 2019 at 12 p.m. in the Freedom Forum. Registration is required and spots are limited. Click here to RSVP.

Meet the Pros: Leah Ashburn
Leah Ashburn is the president of Highland Brewing and a marketing professional with over two decades of industry experience. Leah will be holding office hours with MJ-School students on Thursday, January 24th from 9:30-10:30am. This is an amazing opportunity for those interested in spirits marketing, entrepreneurship, or careers in Asheville! Location is TBD. Click here to sign up for a 15 minute slot. Spots are first come, first served.

Environment and Science Communication Career Panel
On Wednesday, January 23, hear from professionals working at the intersection of the environment, science and communications in this panel. Our guests are experts working in various communications fields including environmental advocacy, environmental journalism, government and corporate communication. Topics covered will include panelists' career experiences and potential career paths for students. The panel is from 5:30pm-7:00pm on 1/23 in the Freedom Forum Conference Center. Please RSVP here.

Meet the Pros: Maggie Kash
Based in Washington, D.C., MJ-school alumna Maggie Kash directs the Sierra Club’s communications department, with a staff of 60 employees with expertise spanning from journalistic to visual communications to media relations. Maggie will be holding an information session on Wednesday, January 23 from 4:00 to 5:00pm. The event will be held in Carroll Hall, in the area outside the Career Services and Student Records offices. Click here to sign up.

Meet the Pros: Ginger Melton
Ginger Melton is a PR Assistant at Tibi, a women's sportswear collection based in New York. A 2017 alum, Ginger has worked in fashion PR since her graduation. Ginger will be holding an information session via Zoom on Tuesday, January 29 from 4:00 to 5:00pm in the Halls of Fame (Carroll 128). This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in PR careers in New York, especially those seeking to work in fashion. Click here to sign up. 

Meet the Pros: Ashlan Cousteau
Ashlan Cousteau is a wildly successful television personality and MJ-School alum. Ashlan is the co-star of the Travel Channel's Caribbean Pirate Treasure, a former Entertainment Tonight correspondent, and a fill-in anchor for E! News. Ashlan also has production experience -- she's worked behind the scenes on The Today Show, Access Hollywood, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Saturday Night Live.

Ashlan will be holding an information session on Tuesday, February 5 from 4:00 to 5:00pm in the Halls of Fame (Carroll 128). This is a rare opportunity for students interested in any aspect of broadcast news, television, filmmaking, or production to hear from one of the industry's best. Read more about Ashlan here. Click here to sign up -- the room will fill up fast!
Other Opportunities
Staff Writers - The Daily Tar Heel / Chapel Hill, NC

The Daily Tar Heel is taking applications for new staffers!

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. MANDATORY orientation will begin at 10 am on Saturday, Jan. 25. Please make plans to be available for orientation now.

Here is a list of questions and answers about the hiring process. Please fill out the following form completely and submit. Work samples can be submitted online or turned in personally at the DTH office. For more information and to apply, click here.

Information Session for Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice / The DART Center
The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center will hold an online information session on Wednesday, February 6 at 7 pm eastern to discuss careers in community organizing with UNC students and alumni interested in uniting congregations and working for social, economic and racial justice. RSVP at

University Career Services - Career Dress Apparel Night
Please help us spread the word about this wonderful opportunity for students that are in need of career dress apparel for upcoming interviews, conferences, career fairs, etc. 

On Sunday, February 10 from 6-9pm, JCPenney @ Streets of Southpoint (6910 Fayetteville Road, Durham, will be offering students an extra 40% off select men’s and women’s career dress apparel & shoes. Students will need to show their Student ID to get their special discount. 

Students can:

  • SHOP CAREER DRESS APPAREL Everything you need to finish your look for that next interview or new job – Including suits, dresses, sport coats, dress pants, shoes and accessories.
  • SEPHORA INSIDE JCPENNEY Stop by for a FREE mini makeover and sample.
  • SALON FREE hair consultation and special savings on your first appointment.
  • PORTRAIT STUDIO Professional headshots starting at $29.99. Stop by or book online.
  • JCPENNEY MOBILE APP Download prior to the event to start earning $10 Rewards.

There will be two coach buses from campus that evening shuttling students to and from the event. More information concerning the shuttle will be posted closer to the event on the University Careers website.

UNC Campus Contact:  Kaitlyn Bayley at

Paid Internships
Various Summer Internships - Viget / Durham, NC, Washington, DC and Boulder, CO
Viget is a tech agency with offices in Durham, Washington, DC and Boulder, CO. The company seeks applicants for six summer internships: Copywriter Intern, Rails Developer Intern, User Experience Intern, Design Intern, Front-End Developer Intern, and Data & Analytics Intern. 

Think of it like a bootcamp in your chosen field of creative technology. You won't do billable client work or track your time. Instead, you'll participate in an intensive training program within the heart of a leading digital agency. Read: all the excitement of agency life, without any grueling drudge work. While a typical bootcamp charges a steep tuition, Viget awards a stipend of $2500. 

Click here for more information. Applications close February 28.

The Harold Burson Summer Internship Program - Burson Cohn & Wolfe / Multiple locations
The Harold Internship Program is a ten week, paid internship, at one of nine U.S. BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe) offices. Each intern is assigned to a client team or practice group. During the internship, students work closely with experienced industry professionals. Harold interns are given the opportunity to work as a team member, while gaining valuable work experience. Colleagues from different specialty areas of BCW conduct seminars for interns each week. Interns are also grouped into teams where they work on a special internship project, which they present to a senior management panel for review at the conclusion of their internship. The summer internship offers an invaluable career-development experience that can often lead to an employment opportunity with us after graduation.

The application deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019. To apply, click here.
Unpaid Internships
Communications Intern - Equality NC / Raleigh, NC
Equality NC, the oldest statewide LGBTQ equality organization in the United States, seeks passionate and dedicated college students for an internship opportunity in our Communications department. Interns will learn and refine a range of skills by working with the Communications Director to manage correspondences across the Equality NC staff and the public at large. This role will involve developing general cross-team strategy, drafting press releases, social media curation and day-to-day challenges brought on by the shifting political landscape and news cycle. This is an exciting opportunity to help shape campaigns surrounding the 40th anniversary of Equality NC. This internship is for 10-20 hours a week. Interested applicants should fill out this form and submit a resume and relevant writing sample to
Public Health Reporter - The Advocate / New Orleans, LA
The Advocate is Louisiana’s largest daily newspaper, serving the cities of Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette, and their surrounding regions. The Advocate is committed to providing comprehensive coverage of local news, City Hall, the state house, politics, business, environment and other areas of general interest for our readers, in print and online. With a news and editorial staff of approximately 105 reporters, editors, designers, photographers and digital journalists, The Advocate is the largest daily newspaper in New Orleans and the only print news outlet committed to covering all aspects of the city.

This Report for America corps member will cover healthcare and public health in south Louisiana, with a focus on the New Orleans metro region. Currently, there is not a single, full-time health reporter working for any newsroom Louisiana, a state that sits near the bottom on nearly every U.S. public health metric. The story of healthcare is also often the story of poverty in America, and the lack of coverage of health in a poor state like Louisiana means important stories are slipping through the cracks.

The application is due February 8. Read more about the position and apply here.

Associate Director of Media Relations - UNC / Chapel Hill, NC
The Office of University Communications is responsible for the strategic management of the University’s overall public relations and reputation management activities. The department provides leadership, counsel and services to over 200 communicators across campus and works with those communicators to ensure a unified campus-wide communications strategy. 

Reporting to the director of media relations, the associate director of media relations will help manage the daily operations of the media relations team and handle senior-level initiatives for both the proactive and reactive media needs for the nation’s first public university. This role works with colleagues in the Office of University Communications, University leaders and communications professionals in a fast-paced and busy office that handles a high volume of breaking news issues.

The person in this role will draft communications plans for large-scale promotion initiatives and guide the media relations team on developing strategies for their announcements. They will work with the director to determine storylines that best position the University as a world-class public research institution. They will also engage in issues management and make recommendations for working with the media.

The application closes on February 11. Click here to apply.

Post-Hurricane Reporter - News & Observer / Raleigh, NC
The Raleigh News & Observer has been selected as one of about two dozen newspapers nationwide to participate in Report for America, a nonprofit journalism and community service organization that assists newsrooms in helping to cover topics significant to their regions.

The program will place a reporter in The N&O newsroom for a year to assist in covering post-Hurricane Florence recovery efforts statewide.

Report for America’s efforts began in 2017 when they announced a plan to train young journalists and place them in newsrooms for a year to help cover underserved rural regions or important local issues. Currently, there are 13 reporters in Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, New Mexico, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia. Click here for more information and here to apply for Report for America.

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