Communications 2017 Fall Intern Project Description
The 2017 Fall intern for communications/development will oversee a four-point project. With this project the intern will gain experience and knowledge in nonprofit best practices involving donor development, working with constituents and marketing plus creative services.
- Social Media and Multimedia Management
The intern, under the direction of management, will serve as the point-person for managing the chapter’s social media content calendar which includes content creation, daily scheduling and improvisation for all platforms. This project requires a high attention to detail, proofreading and the ability to source materials from multiple locations. The intern will also handle the coordination of all incoming media from volunteers and wish families and oversee the multimedia database.
Experience Benefits: This project affords the intern educational opportunities regarding engaging constituents online, social media best practices, targeting audiences, key components of our organization’s fundraising efforts, and sharing our mission.
- Signature Event Marketing
The intern will assist the communications manager in promoting the chapter’s signature events: The Wish Ball, Walk For Wishes, Trailblaze Challenge and others. The intern will post on social media regarding the events, assist in creating media advisories, communicating directly to media, undertaking grassroots promotion efforts and aid in creation of collateral materials.
Experience Benefits: This project affords the intern educational opportunities regarding different marketing techniques for varied style of events, peer-to-peer fundraising best practices and marketing/communications media relations.
- Wish Stories & Creative Services
The intern will be responsible for writing wish stories – engaging and creative tales of a wish kid’s journey and wish experience. The intern will also assist the communications/development staff in the creation of print & digital collateral requiring creative services such as website setup, sponsorship packets and flyers. The project requires the ability to edit and create via Adobe Photoshop as well as implement creative writing skills, take creative direction & critique and having an eye for design. Wish stories & collateral are key components in sharing our mission with supporters.
Experience Benefits: This project affords the intern educational opportunities regarding emphasizing brand standards, strengthening creative writing skills and editing copy to suite different platform usages (i.e. print, electronic, traditional media.)
The intern will assist the communications/development staff in supporting community fundraisers by coordinating distribution of goods, creation of flyers and support materials and relaying information to the supporter as needed. The project requires the ability to edit and create via Adobe Photoshop as well as having an eye for design and utilizing creative problem solving skills.
Experience Benefits: This project affords the intern educational opportunities regarding donor stewardship, event management, and donor development.
Other projects & assignments given on an as-needed basis. Description is not all-inclusive.
This is an unpaid internship. Make-A-Wish South Carolina will gladly work with intern to complete forms for colleges and universities to qualify for academic credit. The intern is responsible for pursuing all avenues of securing academic credit.
Length of Internships
Internships typically last 10 to 16 weeks as mutually agreed upon by the intern and Make-A-Wish South Carolina. Typical internships are 20 hours per week and will not exceed 40 hours per week but hours/daily schedule will be determined on a case-by-case basis with the internship participant. Ideally, the Fall internship will take place August 21 – December 8, 2017.
- Ability to professionally communicate, both orally and in writing
- Neat penmanship
- Passion for creative writing and problem solving
- Ability to handle constructive feedback and take creative direction
- Be able to balance multiple projects in a deadline driven environment
- Be a self-starter who seeks and finds ways to help
- Photoshop and/or InDesign experience is helpful
- HTML experience helpful
- Have a passion for helping others and belief in the mission of Make-A-Wish.
To apply, send your cover letter plus resume to Crystal Alifanow, Communications & Community Relations Manager at email@example.com. If available, please include a link to your writing and/or graphic portfolio.