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Communications Internship


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Office of Public Affairs
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities


The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) offers unpaid internships in its Public Affairs department during the fall, spring, and summer.

Organization

Based in Washington, D.C., NAICU is the largest organization representing the leaders of private nonprofit colleges and universities on federal issues, including those affecting student aid, tax policy, and government regulation. NAICU's 959 member institutions include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges and universities, women's colleges, performing and visual arts institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions. NAICU spearheads several public initiatives, including U-CAN, the Student Aid Alliance, and Building Blocks to 2020.

Purpose

The intern will provide support to NAICU's public affairs staff, and as needed, other association staff. He or she will report to the Director of Communications.

Responsibilities

May include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing articles and news briefs for the association website and blog.
  • Researching, writing, and packaging summaries of campus innovations in areas such as college affordability, cost-control, and environmental sustainability. 
  • Maintaining existing social media channels, and helping to expand the association's social media presence.
  • Posting and maintaining content on association website.
  • Drafting news releases and other press materials, and developing press lists.
  • Tracking media coverage of NAICU's issues.
  • Attending and covering events, including hearings, seminars, and inter-association meetings, as they arise.


NAICU is confident that these responsibilities will provide students with a solid understanding of the association's communications activities, and help them gain practical experience in Washington, D.C. Specific assignments will vary depending on the intern's skills and specific interests and the needs of the NAICU public affairs staff, and other association staff, at the time.

Qualifications

  • Professional demeanor, solid organizational skills, good time management, ability to multi-task
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to show initiative
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Experience with news writing and editing
  • Solid analytical ability and Internet research skills
  • Experience in using social media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn), and interest in their use as public information/advocacy tools.
  • Ability to pick up technology quickly (e.g., video editing software, content management systems)
  • Proficiency at MS Word and Excel.


Educational Requirements

  • Should have completed at least two years of undergraduate study at an accredited private nonprofit or public college or university.
  • Concentrations of study may include communications, PR, journalism, marketing, political science, or a related area
  • Minimum GPA 3.0/4.0


Length of Service

Exact start and end dates are flexible, and will be determined by the student and NAICU.

  • Summer internship will run approximately from May to August
  • Fall internships will run approximately from September to December.
  • Spring internships will run approximately from January to April.


Fall and spring interns have to option of part-time (10 to 15 hours/wk) or full-time (30 to 40 hours/wk). Summer interns will work approximately 30-40 hours/wk. Actual number of hours worked per week will be determined by the student and NAICU.

Compensation/Academic Credit

This is an unpaid internship. Students must receive academic credit in connection with the internship, from their college or university.

Application Instructions

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and two short (1 to 3 pages) writing samples to jobs@naicu.edu. Please include "Internship" in the subject line.