Intern, Media & Public Relations (Spring 2020)

Public Relations, Media Production, and Operations New York, NY


The NYRR Media and Public Relations department crafts and executes the organization’s media and public relations strategies and manages all PR initiatives on behalf of NYRR. The team works to gain visibility and appreciation for NYRR’s brand image, flagship races, community events, youth programs, and instructional and training programs, all with the aim of helping and inspiring people through running. We are seeking a spring intern who is self-motivated with strong organizational skills and pays attention to detail.

Job Responsibilities:


  • Draft media materials including press releases, media alerts, media recaps, and identify topics in a variety of media outlet editorial calendars that are relevant to NYRR races, programs and initiatives
  • Assist with press operations for NYRR events throughout the spring, including the NYRR Millrose Games, United Airlines NYC Half, and Popular Brooklyn Half
  • Work closely with youth and community programming teams to identify potential storylines and draft media pitches highlighting NYRR’s social responsibility efforts across New York City’s five boroughs
  • Monitor NYRR’s Online Media Center, managing content updates and uploading media materials
  • Assist with posting NYRR’s media coverage on the media Twitter handle (@nyrrnews) and continue to grow the team’s social media footprint
  • Assist in updating media contact lists
  • Monitor and organize weekly press clippings, looking through NYRR’s media monitoring database, as well as magazines and daily newspapers for NYRR and running industry news
  • Serve as administrative contact for the media team including processing invoices, ordering supplies, etc.


Job Requirements:


  • Minimum 1-3 years’ media experience, including internships
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills; experience in writing press releases and pitch letters a plus
  • Understanding of the digital environment including website content management systems and social media


  • Bachelor's degree or in the process of earning a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in PR, communications, journalism or related field

Skills and Attributes:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook); experience with Meltwater, Cision or other public relations software/services a plus
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational skills, analytical talent, and attention to detail
  • Ability to meet and perform under tight deadlines, think clearly under pressure, and exercise good judgment
  • Ability to work weekends as needed for race assistance

 Other Requirements:

  • Passion for NYRR and our mission

New York Road Runners is an Equal Opportunity Employer