Drew Ross, deputy director of the West Virginia Legislative Reference & Information Center (WVLRIC), will visit the school on Wednesday, Oct. 8, and Thursday, Oct. 9, to inform, promote, and help recruit students for the longstanding Spring 2015 WV Legislature Internship. Each year, students from both WVU and Marshall (approximately two from each) work closely with assigned delegates throughout the legislative session and write columns, newsletter articles, and other public relations pieces on behalf of their representatives. The students are truly immersed in the session and spend long (but rewarding) hours on the floor working with their delegates.
The paid internship specifically targets public relations students. Students who have already taken PR 324: Public Relations Writing and Applications or are currently enrolled in STCM 315: Strategic ADV & PR Writing would be best suited for this internship. Students who have not yet taken these classes will likely not possess the writing skills needed for the internship. Although the position would be of particular interest to students interested in public or governmental affairs or political communication, any dedicated public relations student would benefit from this experience. Students are required to spend the spring semester in Charleston, W.Va. They are responsible for their own living expenses; however, students may choose to live together in an apartment to cut down on costs. Charleston has several affordable housing opportunities, and the representatives can help with this aspect. The application deadline is Nov. 1, and the stipend is $5,200 for the semester.
Students may earn course credit, with prior written approval, for their internship.