For the outstanding high school or college student
with an interest in journalism, marketing, and/or communications.

Serve on a select regional team to promote west central Missouri communities. The summer 2020 opportunity is part of the regional Making Rural Visible tourism promotion effort. For more, see our blog Tourism effort taps statewide tool.

Priority applicants are from one of the project’s seven counties: Bates, Cedar, Henry, Hickory, Morgan, St. Clair, and Vernon.

Deadline: May 1, 2020
To apply, applicants will submit via email to
— Video blog (1-3 minutes in length) highlighting one or more local tourism businesses, attractions or events.
— Resume with two references (from teachers, counselors or professionals).
The selection process will include an interview with project personnel.

— $1,000 for 80 hours community service (June, July, August 2020).
— Mileage reimbursement up to 500 miles (.41 cents per mile).

Interns will be part of planning and producing video, written, photographic and other coverage of regional tourism-related businesses, attractions, and events across nine west central Missouri counties. Hours are flexible. Work from home and remote interviews with subjects etc. are all possible and likely necessary during the Covid-19 Crisis. Some travel is involved, with mileage reimbursement.

Making Rural Visible Project
Making Rural Visible is a regional effort to promote tourism-related businesses, attractions and events in west central Missouri. It uses the powerful, searchable state tourism directory More listings there, and promotion of them, will help visitors find what our rural towns have to offer.

A Making Rural Visible support team is ready to help businesses and communities in seven area counties complete listings. Interns will help promote these businesses, attractions, and events, over summer tourism months.

The regional community development corporation New Growth leads the Making Rural Visible effort with support from USDA Rural Development.

Danielle Park, Coordinator: <dpark AT>.
Vicki Hillsman, Community Liaison: <vickihillsman AT>.