Communications & Social Media Intern

Eligible Partner Campuses

During the Fall 2018 semester, we will be offering internship positions at the following active partner campuses:

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska-Illinois, Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University*, Rutgers University.

*Please note that this position at the Pennsylvania State University has been filled for the Fall 2018 semester. If you are interested in working with us but your institution is not listed, please reach out to us via email and we will be happy to discuss your options. 


Intern Responsibilities & Learning Objectives

To promote all aspects of the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC ) as assigned by the internship supervisor. These work duties will include program promotion in the form of (but not limited to) featured lectures, classes, and related events through Big Ten Academic Alliance member institutions using social media platforms and other communications programs. The intern will gain applicable job skills and other benefits including but not limited to team work; time management; communication skills; enhanced writing, editing, and website management skills; higher-education administrative experience; and networking.


Internship Structure

Interns will receive a modest stipend for their efforts and will work remotely, being supervised by the DISC Project Coordinator at the University of Michigan. Interns are required to attend three content workshops lead by the DISC Project Coordinator as well as three career/networking workshops with guests relevant to the fields of distance education, Islamic studies, communications/public relations, and others. Through this internships, students are able to build relationships with faculty in the field of Islamic studies and will act as ambassadors for DISC and the field of Islamic Studies as a whole on their campus. Interns are expected to to encourage their peers to engage with the field through classes (DISC or otherwise), relevant events, student clubs, social media use, peer-to-peer networking opportunities, as well as holistic project promotion for the DISC initiative.


Intern Duties:

  1. Attend one or more session of a current DISC course session during internship period.
  2. Promote DISC program to Big Ten Academic Alliance member institutions and relevant student organizations via social media and other communications platforms (i.e. attending student org meetings and Festifall).
  3. Monitor and contribute to the blog on our website.
  4. Compile the semesterly DISC newsletter to be sent out to all associated faculty at Big Ten Academic Alliance member institutions.
  5. Work with currently enrolled students to collect student testimonials, monitor student experience, ensure enrolled students are informed about DISC, and compile said information to be utilized for enhanced promotional content.
  6. Work with the International Institute Communications team to gather relevant information for posters, flyers, and other visual content; effectively utilize said content to advertise DISC to an undergraduate audience.
  7. Contribute to website redesign, management, and maintenance throughout the semester.
  8. Attend and contribute to three content workshops related to distance education, inter-personal communication, distance education, and other topics as determined by the DISC Project Coordinator.
  9. Attend and network with guests in three professional development workshops with invited guests as determined by the DISC Project Coordinator.
  10. Enhance program reputation by acting as a DISC Ambassador to peers and faculty on campus. Intern should accept ownership of completed tasks, exhibit flexibility in taking on new tasks as needed, and explore opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.


Required Skills and Qualifications:

Applicant is an University of Michigan Undergraduate or Graduate student with an interest in world religions and/or international studies. They should have an interest in social media and marketing/communications and the ability to be culturally sensitive in their application of these tools. The desired applicant has an independent work ethic, exemplary organizational and planning skills, good judgement of appropriate social media use, and an ability to deal with complexity and manage multiple projects at once. Additionally, they should be proactive, reliable, and able to work effectively within a team.


Desired Skills and Qualifications:

Applicant has previously taken a DISC course and/or is enrolled in an upcoming course. Strong interest in Islam and the Muslim world preferred. Background in communications or media editing is preferred.



  • For active partner campuses only
  • Minimum commitment of 6-9 hrs/wk per academic term; flexible schedule
  • Interns are eligible for a $500 stipend at the end of the semester