Wellspring Philanthropic Fund (WPF) seeks a communications intern to assist with various tasks and projects related to internal and external communications. The Communications Intern will report to and work under the direction of, and in close collaboration with, the Director of Communications.
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund Internship Program is intended to provide significant practical training and experience in the areas of philanthropy, social justice and human rights. The internship offers an opportunity to become an integral member of an operations team supporting programmatic and grantmaking activities in human rights and social justice. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund will provide opportunities for learning and exposure to the operations side of philanthropy.
Communications at Wellspring
WPF’s newly established communications department is responsible for setting the strategy and direction for all internal and external communications that support the executive leadership and grantmaking program staff This is an opportunity to be involved with helping to develop a communications unit. Communications work includes, but is not limited to, drafting program grantee and donor communications materials (e.g., newsletters, emails, etc.), developing talking points and messaging, style guides and communications protocols, conducting message training, communications plans and monitoring social media.
Responsibilities for the communications intern may include the following:
Help draft press materials and internal documents.
Assist with planning and preparing talking points and presentation materials as needed.
Support event logistics and planning.
Monitor the internet and social media channels for positive and negative stories about WPF.
Help develop internal editorial style guide for consistency.
Ensure quality and consistent style and branding of content in print and on the website with strong copyediting and proofreading.
Gather information and produce communications-related projects as assigned by the Director of
Communications and in support of programs and executive team.
Help develop internal communications strategy.
Help plan and organize meetings and conference calls as needed.
Perform administrative tasks as requested (e.g., notetaking, file organizing).
Undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a relevant field preferred (e.g., journalism, communications, marketing)
One or two years of communications/journalism experience in a professional office environment preferred
Keen attention to detail and strong organizational and project management skills
Excellent English-language written and verbal communication skills
Understanding of AP Stylebook and/or Chicago Manual of Style
Proven ability to carry out a project
Ability to handle confidential information with complete discretion
High level of comfort with MS Office Suite programs and knowledge of Adobe Creative suite
Familiarity with, and commitment to, human rights and social justice issues.
Understands and values social justice — including racial and gender equity as an organizational operating principle — and is committed to continued learning on issues related to race, gender, equity, diversity and inclusion.
An unlimited desire and excitement to learn
The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. The team member may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation and Benefits
Hourly position ($18/hour)
Flexible time schedule
Develop and strengthen personal and professional skills in a workplace committed to the advancement of human rights.
Acquire deeper understanding of the role philanthropic organizations play in promoting and advancing social justice and human rights
Participate in weekly lunch series featuring Wellspring staff and expert outside speakers;
opportunities to network with leading foundation staff through meetings, affinity group conferences, and events with other interns.