CMCS Press Conference Intern

CMCS Press Conference Intern

Conference Committee Intern 

Part-time, Contract (Renewable)
Approx 12 weeks (30 mins / day)
Positions Available: Multiple
Location: New York and Mumbai

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS), in association with The Centre for Ecological, Social & Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE) and WaterHill Publishing, is offering a paid internship to organize a press conference and awards to disseminate cutting edge-edge media production and research in the entertainment and higher education industries.

Our delegates and partners are academics, writers, critics, journalists, publicists, and publishers worldwide. Benefits include payment of a stipend $300 in addition to a full registration fee waiver valued at $450 to attend conference and media workshops, flexible hours of operation, and working online at any location. Long-term contracts, board opportunities, and higher research funds will be available to the successful intern.

We are looking for an intern who has a Masters or Honours degree with 1-3 years of proven track record in journalism and public relations. This position is ideal for a researcher who is keen to build academic and media opportunities and create effective working relationships, both internally and externally, with board members, keynotes, chairs, students, journalists, and activists. The candidate will have excellent communication skills and possess strong abilities to use online communication tools such as Word, Excel, websites, social media, and mailing lists to maintain records of conference information.

Benefits include:

  • Timely work supervision and training
  • Mentorship to develop media and research career goals
  • Fieldwork experience and training
  • Eligibility to be part of editorial boards and gain experience in peer reviews & publications
  • Attend events within and beyond academia
  • Learn professional skills in higher education and media
  • Receive templates and resources
  • Connect with a strong network of academics and journalists
  • Learn effective communication and develop international media relations
  • Payment of stipend and full registration fee waiver
  • Receive reference letters for future opportunities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Work closely with the Director, Board Members and Chairs to ensure:

  • Develop a press room (online) and newswire distribution
  • Create press releases and media advisories as required
  • Identify and use communication channels such as social media campaigns, and mailing lists (among others)
  • Effective communication to invite celebrated public personalities and media partners
  • Ensure accredited journalists are able to write a compelling news story on the press conference
  • Create media lists (to include research and gathering information)
  • Assist research for the best location, finding available dates, and assist in arranging for catering and technical needs.
  • Ensure the press conference planned runs efficiently and cohesively for a minimum of 25 press sponsors & accreditated media representatives
  • Provides pre-event budgetary projections and feedback on contractual details.

Preferred Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills and foreign relations
  • Problem-solve unforeseen challenges with grace, humor, and efficiency,
  • Perform duties as assigned with a high level of independence and innovation.
  • Develops and nurture effective working relationships with the venue manager, delegates, sponsors, and volunteers
  • Problem-solve all unforeseen challenges for every event with grace, humor, and efficiency,
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends. Other working days can be off.

To apply for this exciting and challenging role, please forward your resume and a short covering letter to Dr Samita Nandy at

Application Deadline: December 31, 2018