Communications Intern

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OUR MISSION: San Diego Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

GENERAL SUMMARY: Are you interested in nonprofit organizations and helping to advance their work in the community? Are you passionate about communications and integrating new and trusted communications tools to tell a compelling story? Would you like to work with an organization that has been supporting hardworking families in the San Diego region for 25 years and has an internationally recognized brand? Then join San Diego Habitat for Humanity (SDHFH) as a Communications Intern! The Communications Department at SDHFH is responsible for the organization’s media and public relations, message development, publications, advertising and marketing. This internship offers a chance to learn the techniques and strategies used in outreach for nonprofit organizations, and represents an excellent opportunity for someone interested in learning about careers in nonprofit communications.

Able to commit to an internship for the duration of the current semester
At least 4 hours/week
Flexible to accommodate a student’s changing schedule


RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the guidance and supervision of the Communications Director, the Intern may engage in the following projects:
Assist with writing and editing copy for monthly e-newsletters
Distribution of monthly e-newsletters through mass email platform (Constant Contact)
Develop PR materials and media kits
Craft presentations for special events
Develop a list of newspapers and magazines that have free opportunities for non-profits to submit news and photos
Submit event announcements, awareness ads and volunteer needs to local houses of faith, asking them to include in their weekly bulletins
Create dynamic content for Habitat’s social media platforms – Facebook/Twitter/Blog
Develop and execute social media calendar
Write press releases and media advisories
Compile editorial deadline calendar
Learn how to pitch the media
Maintain an up-to-date media contact list
Research new media opportunities (web portals, radio psas, calendar listings)
Organize press binders
Manage PR archives and photo resources
Writing powerful stories for use in newsletters, media releases, e-blasts, and fundraising campaigns
Perform timely website updates
Assist with administrative tasks related to communications


Excellent writing skills and superb grasp of grammatical rules
Detail-oriented, organized, and able to work independently
Strong copyediting and research abilities
Responsible, creative, energetic and reliable
Possess the ability to plan, organize, and handle multiple functions simultaneously and communicate clearly and professionally, both verbally and in writing

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