Join the SPN team this spring as an editorial or events internDecember 5, 2012 by Danny Schreiber
The Silicon Prairie News team at the inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards in August.
Things are moving quickly in the Silicon Prairie News offices lately – we secured a major sponsorship, added full-time staff in Kansas City and announced our third premier event, all the past 90 days. In 2013, we don’t expect to slow down. We’re looking for two interns to join our fast-paced environment, one in our newsroom and the other in our events department.
Like the companies we cover on SPN, we consider ourselves a startup, and we a have passion for seeing the startup community we’re a part of grow. We’re an ambitious bunch – though we’re just four years old, people have compared our Big Omaha event to South by Southwest. We’re also curious folks – daily, we publish stories updating our community on the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. A recent New York Times article gave nods to our organization’s efforts, noting that many founders in the region credit SPN for the area’s startup growth.
As an intern at Silicon Prairie News you’ll be at the center of the action. You’ll participate in our daily stand-up meetings, join the discussion in our company chat room and help yourself to snacks in our office. You’ll also play integral roles in our events, which bring in such notable speakers as Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, foursquare founder Dennis Crowley, entrepreneur and designer Marc Eckō and author Sarah Lacy.
We’re offering two paid internships this spring, an editorial internship and an event internship. Each is open to students and new graduates. To apply, see the job descriptions and links below. We’ll take applications through Dec. 23.
The editorial intern will report on entrepreneurs and startups as well as cover our events, such as Big Des Moines (above).
The spring editorial internship is a paid position of 20 hours per week starting in January and ending May 10. As we have a regional focus, we’re looking for someone based in or around the Silicon Prairie flagship cities of Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City. The position requires you provide your own computer.
After the internship is finished, you’ll have a better understanding of the online news industry, the tech startup scene in the Midwest (and elsewhere) and, best of all, a portfolio of work to showcase to prospective future employers.
The event intern will work behind the scenes at our major events, such as Big Des Moines (above).
The spring event internship is a paid position of 20 hours per week starting in January and ending May 10. With our two spring events taking place in Omaha and Kansas City, we’re looking for someone based in or nearby either city. The position requires you provide your own computer.
After the internship is finished, you’ll have experience planning logistics for two 500-plus person events, marketing those events via social media and working with high-profile speakers and attendees, among other activities.