E.W. Scripps Company and Vehr Communications

Position: Strategic Communications Leadership Program INTERN

The E.W. Scripps Company and Vehr Communications are offering a summer internship to college students interested in pursuing a career in corporate communications, journalism, marketing, public relations, strategic communications or related industries.

The Cincinnati Strategic Communications Leadership Program is intended to promote diversity and inclusion in the field of strategic communications and will offer a prospective young professional the opportunity to get real-world experience in communications best practices, tactics and strategies leveraged in everyday agency and corporate environments at two leading communications organizations in Cincinnati.


The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of local and national media brands. With 36 television stations, Scripps is one of the nation’s largest independent TV station owners. Scripps runs a collection of national journalism and content businesses, including Newsy, the next-generation national news network; podcast industry leader Stitcher; the fast-growing national broadcast networks BounceGritEscape and Laff; and Triton, the global leader in digital audio technology and measurement services. Scripps produces original programming including “Pickler & Ben,” runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”


Vehr Communications is an integrated marketing agency with one purpose: to think deeply, create boldly and engage completely to help our clients succeed. Vehr delivers the most efficient and effective brand-building strategies, content and communications to help leading consumer and business-to-business companies, public entities and nonprofit organizations succeed. Vehr is a partner of IPREX and delivers for its clients the combined talent of 1,800 cross-cultural, multidisciplinary communications professionals from 115 offices in more than 30 countries worldwide. Vehr was selected PR Agency of the Year for four consecutive years by the local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and has repeatedly received awards for exceptional work on behalf of its clients. For more information, visit vehrcommunications.com.


The Cincinnati Strategic Communications Leadership Program is a 10- to 12-week paid summer internship (exact length of the program will be based on intern’s geographic location and class schedule). The chosen candidate will split time (approximately 40 hours) between The E.W. Scripps Company and Vehr Communications (to be determined upon intern’s preference/schedule). Offices for both organizations are within walking distance in downtown Cincinnati. For candidates outside the Greater Cincinnati area, a stipend will be awarded to help supplement housing and travel needs for the length of the program.

The E.W. Scripps Company and Vehr Communications have designed the Cincinnati Strategic Communications Leadership Program to help students from a wide variety of backgrounds gain opportunity and understanding of the communications industry, including:

  • Content development and strategy

  • Employee and internal communications

  • Marketing communications

  • Media relations

  • Social media strategy

  • Client services

The program is intended to promote diversity and inclusion in strategic communications, and priority will be given to minority students seeking a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications, journalism, communications, marketing, public relations, strategic communications or related fields of study. The internship is open to all qualified candidates without regard to race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law.


Prospective young professionals can work with and learn from employees of The E.W. Scripps Company and Vehr Communications about the communications industry and how to best serve corporate and agency clients’ strategic communications needs. Candidates will be mentored by Scripps and Vehr staff, who will help them prioritize tasks and focus on multiple projects and deadlines.


  • Asks questions and is eager to learn

  • Thinks creatively while learning to focus strategically

  • Provides grammatically correct written communications support through the drafting of basic communications materials, which may include news releases, media alerts, fact sheets, status reports and other materials

  • Conducts research and maintains corporate, client and agency databases

  • Provides online research, social media assistance and event support

  • Assists in the development of marketing materials and social media content

  • Attends client meetings, presentations and brainstorming sessions as directed

  • Performs as a team member with colleagues and responds favorably to supervision and guidance

  • Accepts assignments and responsibilities with enthusiasm and a clear demonstration of a desire to learn and grow as a professional communicator


  • A passion for understanding strategic communications

  • Exceptional written and personal communication skills

  • Demonstrated creativity in the practice of communications, journalism, marketing or related field

  • The willingness and ability to work well within a team or in a team environment

  • Enrollment in a bachelor’s degree program in corporate communications, journalism, communications, marketing, public relations, strategic communications or related field of study

Applicants must submit an updated professional resume and cover letter demonstrating their interest in the program as well as a letter of recommendation from a current or past instructor at the college or university in which they are enrolled.

The E.W. Scripps Company and Vehr Communications are Equal Opportunity Employers. We offer competitive compensation and benefits. All employees are required to sign an employment agreement that will be provided for review in advance of execution.

If interested, please submit the required documents listed above to:

Cincinnati Strategic Communications Leadership Program

Vehr Communications, LLC

700 Walnut Street, Suite 450

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Or via email to: internships@vehrcommunications.com


Deadline for submission is Friday, March 22, 2019.