HIRING! Recent Grads! PR Crisis Issues Management Fellowship NYC

Full-time Paid Fellowships / Internship

Weber Shandwick’s Crisis Communications & Corporate Issues Management Practice helps leading organizations develop the internal culture and infrastructure needed to anticipate, prepare and manage issues and negative events affecting reputation. The team’s crisis experts have been involved in preparing for and responding to some of the most visible political and corporate crises. Whether it is a program affecting internal stakeholders or an external effort to protect or defend an organization’s reputation, Weber Shandwick brings a strong strategic perspective founded on international experience, understanding and insight.


The team’s crisis experts have worked with the world’s leading companies and been involved in preparing for and responding to a broad range of crises, including social media and reputational crises, financial issues, litigation, product recalls, activist campaigns, governmental investigations and enforcement actions, environmental issues, workplace incidents, and labor relations.


Launched in 2013, Weber Shandwick’s Corporate Issues & Crisis Management Fellowship is a full-time paid program designed to develop the next generation of Weber Shandwick employees and crisis practitioners.  Fellows work closely with every member of the team, and are assigned designated mentors, to guide and evaluate them through their professional experience. This 3-month program is designed to provide first-hand experience in corporate/crisis communications and exceptional participants will be offered a full-time staff position upon completion.


The ideal candidate will possess incredibly strong writing skills and familiarity with a fast-paced, deadline oriented environment. He or she will be intimately familiar with current events and news trends and comfortable providing analysis. Familiarity with social media and digital communications is a requisite, along with a strong academic record and a demonstrated interested in communications and issues management. Due to the nature of the work, the candidate must have meticulous attention to detail and able and eager to juggle multiple responsibilities.


Fellows support multiple account teams and will be expected to be a part of the team, ready and committed to responding to situations when needed.



  • Conduct research for specific projects and prepare executive summaries and/or analyses detailing the findings of the research
  • Draft media materials based on outline or direction from supervisors
  • Support new business initiatives through the development of pitch materials and background research
  • Actively participate in and contribute to discussions surrounding clients’ media strategies
  • Balance workload between accounts and account staff to ensure that all work is accurate and completed within established deadlines
  • Monitor for print, online, broadcast and social media and the development of client media reports and ongoing client issues and crises
  • Prepare initial drafts of client updates (as needed and requested)
  • Prepare clip reports and executive summaries as needed by team and client
  • Proof and edit internal and external documents

Develop and maintain media contact lists and databases




  • You must be a college graduate
  • Internship and/or prior work experience highly desired in public relations, journalism, communications, political campaigns, law or a related field
  • Available to work a full-time schedule.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Can prioritize multiple tasks and manage time in a consistent manner
  • Professional demeanor
  • Can meet urgent deadlines consistently
  • Exceptional judgment when working with team members, client contacts and vendors
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Resourceful and effective problem solver
  • Desire to pursue learning and self-development
  • Strong awareness and understanding of current events
  • Can ask for assistance from other team members
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite


To apply please submit:


  • Cover letter and Resume  –  including GPA formation
  • Short answer (no more than 750 words each) to two of  the following questions:
    • What is an issue or crisis you have recently observed? What led to it being handled successfully or unsuccessfully?
    • Where do you think your greatest strength lies in the current communications landscape?
    • Briefly describe one brand (company, person etc.) which has experienced recent image issues and give your opinion as to whether you believe it was managed well and why, or what you would have done differently?
    • Why do you believe Weber Shandwick should select you as a fellow?
  • APPLICATION DETAILS:  http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH15/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CMGRP&cws=37&rid=1780
  • Many more Weber Shandwick Opportunities: http://www.webershandwick.com/work-with-us

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