About Our Internship

The Cadet Command Public Affairs Internship Program is designed as a hands on, media work environment. The program provides internship opportunities for communications, journalism, photojournalism, multi-media journalism, broadcast journalism, photography and social media majors from various universities from around the country. Our team covers all aspects of Cadet Summer Training at Fort Knox. In a variety of environments, interns tell the story of the training of Cadets to be future army officers to the family and friends of the Cadets and to the American people.

Interns work as a 2-3 person teams and are assigned to cover training events in both Basic Camp and Advanced Camp. Teams conduct research into the training, interview both subject matter experts and Cadets going through the training and then produce news products that include 60-90 second broadcast stories, articles and photos. The news products are shared on futurearmyofficers.army.mil, www.army.mil/rotc, social media channels and are marketed around the country to hometown communities and university newspapers. Teams work five days a week and produce 4-5 news products a week.

Training is provided to the interns to build their skill sets in their disciplines. Additionally, cross training in other areas of the program are available throughout the summer. The intent of this program is for all interns to improve their skills and to learn new skills that will make them more marketable when seeking employment after college. Many interns that have participated in the program in the past have had no experience with the military.

Internship dates for CST 2021 are May 12th thru August 18th, 2021.

 How To Apply

Applications will be accepted until 09 April 2021. Telephone interviews with potential interns will begin in February. Email application documents to: usarmy.knox.usacc.mbx.hq-pao@mail.mil.

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter explaining why you want to do this internship, what you hope to get out of it and which job you want to do (writer, broadcaster, photographer, social media)
  • Resume
  • Examples of previous work
  • At least one letter of recommendation from one of the applicant’s professors

For more information or if you have questions please contact Mr. Richard Patterson at (502) 624-1842 or cell phone (502) 500-0988 or email richard.t.patterson2.civ@mail.mil

Hear from Previous Interns and Work Samples


Behind the Lens: CST Public Affairs Internship Video Playlist

Dear Future PAO Intern

10th Regiment, Advanced Camp 2017 | Cover to Cover

3rd Regiment, Advanced Camp 2017, CBRN


Lessons Learned at CST: A PAO’s Perspective

Be brief, be brilliant

It’s Not Easy Being Mean: Cadets as Oppositional Forces


10th Regiment, Advanced Camp 2017

Spartan Race 2017

Army Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. Nadja West Visit