Open letter to my next intern

You have big shoes to fill.

Here are some projects the social media interns at Marquette’s Office of Marketing and Communication have recently worked on:

The voice of Father Marquette on Snapchat

Managing the launch of the BlueLight safe iOS app on campus

Brainstorming and curating Spotify playlists for every occasion

Reporting and writing on faculty research on everything from race in early America to pneumatic nail driver safety.

Managing college social media accounts for the Diederich College of Communication and College of Nursing

Compiling weekly reports of social media performance metrics

Creating epic lists on Tumblr

Other duties as assigned

… and much, much more.

We entrust our interns with a high degree of responsibility. You’ll be speaking on behalf of a 130+ year institution of higher learning. It’s a huge privilege none of us take lightly.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, get creative and break boundaries. After all, you’re communicating with your peers. That’s why I’ll rely on you to come up with new ideas that cut through the noise. Your role is to help us communicate Marquette’s mission in a way that’s interesting, innovative and make people pay attention and care.

I know you’re up to the task. I have seen your work in my role as Director of Social Media, as well as an adjunct professor of Media Writing and Social Media Analytics. You inspire me on a daily basis.

So let’s work together. Some of the challenges that await you could include:

Translating the news briefs on the Marquette Today website into short videos and visuals for Instagram and Twitter. Bonus points: Something like this would be amazing.

Help craft a strategy and create content for the College of Arts & Sciences new social media channels.

Capture the world of campus and the Marquette Student experience and what we mean by #WeAreMarquette for Tumblr, Medium and Twitter.

Discover and write about research that is happening on campus, from engineering to the humanities.

Surprise me and come up with initiatives and ideas I haven’t even thought of yet.

Are you in? If so, review the official social media intern job description on JobConnection and send your resume to

Finally, DO NOT write me a cover letter. Instead, write a Medium post — you can simply respond to this post —that explains why you would be a good fit for this role. If you would prefer that this letter is not public, you can create an unlisted post. Send me that link, too.

Questions? Let me know over email, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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