Open Position: Communications Intern

About the St. Louis Community Foundation
The St. Louis Community Foundation is dedicated to inspiring purposeful philanthropy that connects community and donors to build and preserve a more equitable and vibrant region, now and forever. One of the nation’s first community foundations, the St. Louis Community Foundation was founded in 1915 as a 501(c )3 public charity, and today is composed of more than 800 funds with assets close to $500 million. Each fund represents a unique philanthropic purpose, the majority in partnership with an individual, family, or business. In 2021, the St. Louis Community Foundation and its donors distributed over $100 million in grantmaking to more than 3,100 nonprofit organizations.

Position
Communications Intern

Description
The St. Louis Community Foundation’s Communications team is seeking a dynamic and creative self-starter to assist with marketing and communications efforts with a specific focus on Give STL Day, a 24-hour online giving event designed to benefit our community’s nonprofits. In addition, the Communications Intern will assist with various marketing and outreach efforts as assigned to the Communications department.

This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of communications and marketing while learning about the St. Louis philanthropic landscape.

Position Overview
This position’s primary responsibility is to be a member of the Communications team providing support to the Communications Associate with the following tasks:

  • Successful implementation of Give STL Day
  • Interviewing and writing
  • Event planning, social media management
  • Engagement with community partners and nonprofits to build and sustain strong relationships and represent the Community Foundation

Responsibilities

  • Update and maintain Give STL Day and Foundation social media presence including scheduling updates for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  • Assist in planning, writing, and managing eNewsletters, web copy, presentation materials, and/or scripts.
  • Design flyers, graphics, e-vites and other marketing materials.
  • Create and curate engaging content for websites, ads, newsletters, social media accounts and other marketing materials as needs arise.
  • Plan and assist in the facilitation of Give STL Day trainings and provide support for Give STL Day day-of-event social media and press interactions.
  • Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions and venues for marketing and communications.
  • Collaborate with community engagement team on the development of marketing and social media strategy plans.
  • Communicate and build relationships with community-based initiatives and nonprofits.

Qualifications

  • Completed or working toward a college degree; ideal candidate is an undergraduate (junior or senior) or graduate student in public relations, marketing, communications, digital marketing and/or social marketing studies.
  • Previous internship or related experience in marketing or communications is a plus, but not required.
  • Firm grasp and understanding of available tools and platforms in the social media space.
  • Ability write content for Community Foundation blog and social media; comfortable with interviewing others virtually and in person.
  • Experience with Canva or a similar online graphic design tool or demonstrated ability to learn.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) and graphic design knowledge a plus.
  • An effective and professional oral and written communicator.
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of the Community Foundation and the regional nonprofit landscape.

This is intended to describe the general nature and level of work, and this is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Interns may be required to perform duties outside their normal responsibilities. No applicant ever meets all listed job qualifications. We look forward to your application.

Student Benefits
This internship will allow the student to bring their classroom knowledge into a professional work setting and broaden their knowledge through hands-on application in a nonprofit environment.

  • Hands-on experience to build portfolio and professional contacts.
  • School credit, depending on the requirements.
  • Opportunity to attend local conferences relevant to the Communications field.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The St. Louis Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation, or any other status protected by applicable law. Frequently cited statistics show that women, trans, and non-binary people, as well as other structurally marginalized groups apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. No one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. We look forward to your application.

Compensation
$15/hour paid bi-weekly

Start Date
Position open until filled. January–May 2023. Start date very flexible. End date must be on or after May 12, 2023.

Hours
8–10 hours per week, Monday–Thursday. Schedule very flexible. This is an in-office position.

COVID-19 Related Operations
The St. Louis Community Foundation will operate at our headquarters located at #2 Oak Knoll Park in compliance with St. Louis County health guidelines. Applicants are highly encouraged to be COVID-19 vaccinated, including appropriate boosters.

Commitment to Equity
The St. Louis Community Foundation strives to achieve equity in our workplace.  We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  The Community Foundation conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations, valuing equity in the workplace and community. 

How to Apply
This internship is for currently enrolled or recently (1 year) graduated students, though exceptions may be made. Please do not apply if you are looking for a full-time position. Send a resume, cover letter, and up to three writing and/or graphic design samples to:
Emily Baumann
ebaumann@stlgives.org
Subject Line: Communications Internship Application