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Public Relations

The Public Relations department features projects that span across broadcast, print, media management and social media disciplines, interns have the dynamic opportunity to gain real-world, PR experience. Interns are responsible for media research, writing press releases, pitches, event blurbs and re-caps, contributing to social media content and analysis, and facilitating video productions for PR use. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting in coordinating photo and film shoots, media interviews and site visits; working in multiple databases to keep information current; attending Aquarium events for social media coverage; and actively participating in staff meetings and events. An additional aspect of the Public Relations internship is an opportunity to film and edit videos for public relations use. This includes but is not limited to: staff interviews, animal encounters, "magic moments" at the Aquarium, and many more. Interns will also facilitate fact-checking, research, proofread, and implement appropriate edits for ongoing video projects. At the conclusion of the internship, interns will understand the fundamentals of the public relations industry, social media, visual communications content, and the communications field as a whole. Throughout the internship, interns will learn how to conduct themselves professionally in the workplace, on social media channels, with agencies and partners, and with members of the media. They will also have a basic understanding of the zoological community.

Schedule: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 20 - 30

  • Semester: Fall
    • Application Deadline: July 15
    • Semester Dates: August - December
  • Semester: Spring
    • Application Deadline: October 15
    • Semester Dates: January - May
  • Semester: Summer
    • Application Deadline: February 15
    • Semester Dates: May - August

Public Relations Internship Application Requirements:

  • Major in public relations, communications, journalism or related field.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and computer skills a must.
  • Selected applicants will be asked to perform a writing test prior to internship offer.
  • Those applicants interested in video production for public relations should possess:
    • General knowledge of audio and video components (i.e. still and video cameras, video displays, and microphones).
    • Moderate to excellent skills with Adobe Creative Suites – specifically Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop.
    • Experience in creating motion graphics a plus, but not required.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule.
  • Must be a responsible, organized and passionate individual.
  • Able to work as a team and independently.
  • Published work is a plus but is not required.
  • Email resume and cover letter to: Paige Hale, assistant manager of communications, phale@georgiaaquarium.org
    • Due to the number of intern applicants, not all applicants will be contacted. 
    • Please no phone calls.

Georgia Aquarium Internship Applicant Requirements:

  • Age 18 years or older
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Proof of US citizenship, current green card or student/work visa – please note we are unable to sponsor international candidates
  • Ability to attend all training courses and intern at least 20-40 hours a week on a regular schedule for 3-8 months.( If you cannot commit to a regular schedule, we encourage you to apply to be a standard volunteer.)
  • Satisfactory completion of a background check and drug screen
  • Willingness to follow the policies and procedures of Georgia Aquarium
  • Ability to secure housing and transportation during internship on your own

Georgia Aquarium Internship Information:

  • Interns receive unlimited admission for themselves and discounted tickets for Guests during their internship.
  • Upon satisfactory completion of their internship interns are also eligible to receive additional benefits such as free admission tickets, animal encounters and more.
  • All internships are unpaid and no housing, food or travel stipends are provided.
  • If you are completing an internship for school credit you must obtain an instructor (from your school) to oversee your internship and complete the necessary paperwork before your internship begins.​