Internship – Public Relations (Year-Round)


Baird is an employee owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with more than 200 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Established in 1919, Baird has over $415 billion in client assets and more than 4,700 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients.

Our mission is straightforward. We strive “to provide the best financial advice and service to our clients and be the best place to work for all.” Our people make Baird great for one another and our clients, which is why we are committed to continuing to make Baird a great place to work. We are proud to be among the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For since 2004.

Baird is committed to inclusion & diversity for our clients, our associates and the communities where we live and work. We view inclusion & diversity as an ongoing journey – one of shared responsibility, continuous improvement, and a focus on progress. We invite you to join us as we work together to foster an environment where diversity unites rather than divides us.

Position Details

Internship – Public Relations (Year-Round)
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Are you looking to gain real world experience in a thriving, global financial services firm with an award-winning culture? Consider an internship and start building your career at Baird.

About our intern program:

Our competitive intern program offers interns exposure to the business world and a meaningful work experience. Interns are treated as valuable team members while learning from experienced professionals in a collaborative, fun and dynamic environment. Baird's summer intern program activities include an Intern Welcome Event, professional development, networking with leaders and associates, and many other informal events. Our interns have the opportunity to use a Baird Cares Day, a paid day to volunteer in the community. They are also eligible to apply for scholarships. Our mentor program gives interns an opportunity to network throughout Baird and learn about all the areas of the firm.

Our Public Relations Team:

An effective media relations program is vital to Baird’s strong brand, serves to advance other firm priorities and plays a role in our commitment to being a great place to work and strong culture. This individual works directly with Baird’s Public Relations team and collaborates with others in the Marketing & Communications Department in planning, developing, and implementing programs and efforts to effectively communicate Baird’s brand and messages both internally and externally.

Internship Location, Availability, and Hours:

Located in Baird's Chicago office or Downtown Milwaukee office, the intern must be able to work part-time during the school semesters, 15-20 hours per week, and full time during the summer, 37.5-40 hours per week. We are seeking a student who can start in May 2023.

As a Public Relations Intern, you will:

  • Assist with Baird’s overall media relations efforts, helping create news releases and other media correspondence, developing media lists, tracking coverage, coordinating reprints 
  • Coordinate relevant news postings to Baird’s web sites and social media accounts 
  • Conduct research for media relations purposes 
  • Help prioritize media inquiries and fulfill reporter requests 
  • Help identify relevant and timely topics for pitching Baird spokespersons for print, digital and broadcast media opportunities 
  • As appropriate, help research, write, and implement internal news stories 
  • Assist with communications and media relations efforts for community involvement and sponsorship opportunities as appropriate (ex. Baird Gives Back Week) 
  • Help research and fulfill awards & recognitions opportunities 
  • Actively participate in and may present at monthly PR team and M&C department meetings; participates in internal client meetings as appropriate 
  • Assist with educating Baird associates on the role of public relations and how it can help achieve the firm’s goals 
  • Help ensure PR approach and messages are consistent with Baird’s practices, culture, and brand 
  • Perform other duties in support of team, department and firm projects and activities

What makes this opportunity great:

  • Ability to work with a variety of teams and leaders, proving your ability to be flexible and highly adaptable 
  • Team of associates passionate about achieving strong results for clients while also giving to the communities where we live and work 
  • Opportunity to grow and be your best at work, at home, and in the community

What we look for:

  • Pursuing a degree in Public Relations, Journalism, or Communications. Targeting May 2024 or later graduation dates
  • Completed class work in one or more of the following: public relations, journalism, communications 
  • A passion for working with the media and communicating through written word 
  • Strong writing and communication skills, exceptional organizational/time management skills and attention to detail, and the ability to juggle multiple priorities at one time
  • A highly motivated, strategic thinker and takes initiative to learn and contribute to the team 
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office products 
  • Experience with Critical Mention, Cision, or another media-monitoring service a plus 
  • Prior PR internship experience preferred, not required

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