INTERN OPPORTUNITY - Cork in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

1 Feb 2010
INTERN OPPORTUNITY - Cork in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

This internship may be of interest to those looking for excellent work experience in PR, journalism or marketing. The positions are unpaid but the work sounds like fun, and the experience would be very valuable for the right person. For further info read below and contact Fiona Bolger if interested.


The Project: www.clipperroundtheworld.com

The Cork Clipper project is funded by Fáilte Ireland, Cork City Council and Cork County Council with the principal objective of promoting Cork as a tourism and business destination around the world. Working alongside Tourism Ireland, Cork will be promoted to consumers, trade and the media in key markets that the race visits. The culmination of the project will be the arrival of the 10 yachts in the Clipper race to Kinsale in July 2010 for 8 days of festivities which will showcase Ireland to a global market. www.discoverireland.com

The Race

The Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race started from the Humber on the east coast of the UK on 13 September 2009. The Clipper Race is the only global competition where people from all walks of life can step out of their comfort zones and sign up to race 35,000-miles around the world. They come from backgrounds as varied as marketing executives, nurses, bankers, engineers and chief executives who represent more than 30 nationalities. The race is contested by ten identical stripped down 68-foot racing yachts, each sponsored by a city, region or country. Clipper was founded by sailing legend Sir Robin Knox Johnston and the Clipper 09-10 Race will be the seventh time his teams of amateur sailors will circumnavigate the planet.

The Clipper 09-10 route will take them from the Humber to Europe, Rio de Janeiro, South Africa, Western Australia, Singapore, Qingdao, California, Panama, the Caribbean, New York, Cape Breton Island, Cork and back to the Humber, where they are due to arrive on 17 July 2010.


You may have seen the media coverage of the incident in the Java Sea in which the current Cork yacht is unsalvageable.  We are working with Clipper Ventures to maximise our sponsorship for the remaining six months of the Race and to secure a new Cork yacht prior to arrival into Cork on 01 July for 8 days of festivities.


As a background I have been appointed as Project Director for the Cork Clipper which includes the international promotion of Cork and the marketing of the Festival in Kinsale and Cork in July 2010. I am a Communications Consultant with considerable experience in tourism sailing and lifestyle marketing worldwide. Most recently I was Communications Director of the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway and the Green Dragon Racing Team. In my role in Galway we appointed three Marketing/PR graduates as interns who received six months work experience working on a worldclass event. At the end of the project two of the interns got jobs and the third moved to Australia where she is now working in PR.

All three were unemployed graduates who gained invaluable experience in media relations, writing skills, media database management promotions and event organising. In particular all three proved to be very knowledgeable of new media and would have managed our e-strategy.

For the Cork Clipper project I am hoping to appoint one intern immediately with a second required from April onwards.

I am looking for people who are self-starters and ambitious, with an interest in developing a career in PR, journalism or marketing.

Duties for the first intern will include:

1. Management of all media, stakeholder and sponsor databases 2. Photo gallery management 3. E-marketing skills - updating websites, facebook, twitter etc 4. Preparation of draft releases 5. Syndication of releases and photographs 6. Assisting with press briefings/launches/journalist visits 7. Assisting with design and manufacture of print collateral 8. Assisting with presentation development.

I would hope that with the skills acquired from now until July that this person would have gained enough experience to act as press officer in the media centre during the event in July.

The second intern will assist with all of above and other duties will include:

1. Liasing with festival elements 2. Liaising with volunteers/schedules 3. Managing competition and promotions 4. Meeting with and looking after competition winners and VIPS

This person would work as Marketing assistant for the event and work closely with the Press Officer.

Both positions are only work experience and there is no remuneration offered. The first position will operate from February to mid July 2010 and the second position from April to mid July. I would emphasise that both interns would receive considerable opportunity to work at a high level and would be armed with the tools to apply for jobs in Marketing/PR or to take on consultancy work after the project.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Fiona Bolger on 086-8211030.

Fiona Bolger

Communications Consultant


Tel: +353 86 8211030

SKYPE: fiona.bolger1

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