Intern, 20-25 hours/week Department: Communications
Reports to: Director of Communications
Supervisory Responsibility: None
Places of Work: Virtual
Dates of Internship: June-August 2020
Description Summary: The Virtual Intern for Communications is responsible for supporting the Communications Team in all aspects of day-to-day communications, including website updates, social media, email and database management, maintaining media libraries, etc. We are a small team—candidates can, therefore, expect to gain a broad range of practical skills and hands-on experience in all aspects of communications work. This includes campaigns, publications, media relations, social media, graphic design, email marketing, and more. As this is a virtual internship, candidates should expect to participate regularly in team calls and Zoom chats, as well as actively use email and chat platforms (Slack, Gchat) to communicate progress and ask questions. Responsibilities ● Assist with content creation and support for campaigns ● Receive and process website update requests ● Clean email lists and contact data Draft social media posts ● Compile data and content for annual report and other publications ● Monitor general inquiry inbox for news alerts, requests, etc. ● Upload photos and videos for media libraries ● Participate regularly in team check-ins and full staff meetings.
Skills: Strong writing and editing skills, with substantive experience in writing for websites, email marketing, and social media ● Experience using a content management system (ex. Wordpress, Drupal, Tumblr, Medium, etc.) to make website edits ● High comfort level with digital media and cloud platforms like Google Drive or other productivity software (ex. Asana, Trello, Airtable, etc.) ● Some experience with graphic design (preferably Adobe Creative Suite and/or Canva)
Knowledge candidates must have a background in communications, journalism, media, marketing, or related fields, preferably within the nonprofit sector. Some technical experience in digital engagement would be an asset (but not required), as well as an interest in diversity, inclusion, immigration, refugees, and/or community building.
Attributes a high degree of flexibility and responsiveness is essential for this position. Candidates must possess a strong work ethic, excellent written and spoken communication, and superb attention to detail. A proactive, can-do attitude and strong motivation to get the most out of the internship experience will be a critical measurement of success. As this is a virtual internship, candidates must be able to manage their time and workload without supervision. They must also adhere to all the same professional standards in their demeanor and work quality as they would in an on-site internship.
Other Requirements: Candidates must be enrolled in a university degree program. Preference will be given to college sophomores and juniors, as well as those willing to commit for the full summer term. Candidates must also have consistent access to a computer and a reliable Internet connection.
How to Apply: Send your resume, cover letter, and one writing sample to [email protected] with the subject line “Virtual Internship Application”. Cover letter may be in the body of the email. The writing sample may include a published article or blog, academic paper or similar product created for external purposes (i.e. no personal journal entries). Deadline to apply: May 26, 2020 For questions, contact [email protected]