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Communications Intern - Position Description

Communications Intern - Position Description

Communications Intern - Position Description

Who we are:
IEL’s mission is to partner with under-resourced communities to equip leaders to better prepare children, youth, adults, and families for postsecondary education and training, rewarding careers, and civic and community engagement.

Position overview:
Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Communications Intern will assist in implementing the Institute for Educational Leadership’s communications strategy.
Major responsibilities:

  • Develop written materials and design graphics
  • Post to IEL’s social media platforms
  • Update IEL websites and blogs
  • Support IEL events and attend events on behalf of IEL
  • Support project management including data recording and analysis
  • Other duties as assigned

Competencies developed:

  • Experience in project management and communications functions including writing, planning, graphic design, social media publishing, event management and more
  • Experience working in an established, national nonprofit in a collaborative office environment
  • Content knowledge in the areas of education, workforce development, and leadership development

Qualifications and experience:

  • Background in communications or education—OR—strong interest in one or more of the following areas: program development, fundraising, business administration and project management, nonprofit sector, or communications and marketing
  • Rising undergraduate senior or master’s degree student
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and can-do attitude
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and problem-solve
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and major social media platforms
  • Knowledge of graphic design, Adobe Creative Suite, and/or HTML a plus

Traits valued highly in a teammate include:

  • Collaborative work style and ability to function well in a diverse environment
  • Passionate about issues of racial and social justice and IEL’s vision, mission, and values of equity, inclusion, collaboration, and impact
  • Understanding of the importance of work/life balance
  • Sense of humor
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to manage a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence and high-quality work

Work requirements:
This is part-time position based in IEL’s Washington, D.C. office. This position is not eligible for remote work. 

Hours and compensation:
This is a part-time internship that IEL hires for on a rolling basis in conjunction with the academic calendar. Fall, spring, and summer internships are typically available each year, beginning in September, January, and June respectively. While weekly schedule and start and end dates are flexible, the ideal candidate will be available 24-40 hours per week or three to five days per week for at least 12 weeks. Interns receiving college credit for the internship are paid a daily stipend of $25/day. Interns will not be paid for holidays or closures and will not receive any of the employee benefits that regular IEL employees receive, including but not limited to health insurance, vacation or sick pay, paid holidays, or participation in IEL’s 401(k) plan.

To apply:
Please send an email with "Communications Intern" as the subject line to Include a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

IEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran's status or disabled veterans' status. IEL is implementing a diversity and supported inclusion strategy and is actively and intentionally encouraging applicants of color, of diverse backgrounds, and with disabilities to apply.