SPRING Communications Intern

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Niagara Foundation, founded in Chicago in 2004, is a non-profit organization with branches currently in Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. The foundation is committed to building global bridges locally by convening dialogue that fosters understanding, respect, and acceptance. Niagara Foundation envisions a community in which people from all walks of life interact with each other and cooperate to serve their communities, thereby strengthening civil society and promoting the development of shared human values.

The Communications Intern plays a key role in upholding our mission by creating content that keeps Niagara’s community informed and engaged outside of Niagara events.

Niagara Foundation offers a highly competitive internship program that gives students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to, through professional contributions, foster our organization’s success. Interns are assigned a long-term project that they work on during their 12-week internship in addition to daily responsibilities. Diverse long-term project assignments include working on new program development, creating strategic plans, conducting research and analysis, as well as contributing to the organization of department-specific programs. Because we are a non-profit organization, our internships are unpaid.


The Communications Intern has similar responsibilities as an online newspaper reporter. The intern will research content, interview contacts, and contribute to the development of Niagara’s news site. The intern will also work with the Director of Communications to pitch ideas and post content related to Niagara events and international affairs. The Communications Intern is also responsible for helping with writing press releases and other PR assignments. Responsibilities include researching and contributing to Niagara’s blog, contacting Niagara members and speakers for interviews and research, making phone calls when necessary, and producing PR materials for events. This is an excellent opportunity for Journalism and Communications students who want to build a diverse writing portfolio and strengthen their ability to pitch, research and edit. Additionally, interns will be encouraged to participate in brainstorming and developing new programs and initiatives at Niagara.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to respectfully communicate and work with diverse community groups varying in age, religion, denomination, and ethnicity
Ability to efficiently and effectively manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
Ability to process and protect confidential information
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-driven environment
Curiosity and ability to quickly absorb information related to international affairs
Excellent verbal, interpersonal skills (will be calling and interviewing sources)
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Strong writing skills and working knowledge of AP style are required
An established social media presence is preferred
Experience working with multiple media, i.e. video editing, photography, podcasting is desirable, but not required

Other Requirements
Must be an undergraduate/graduate student or recent graduate
Preferred majors in Journalism, Communications, International Studies, Political Science or other related fields; other majors will still be considered.
Writing sample that shows off your ability to synthesize information related to international affairs
Must be able to commit at least 12 hours a week for 12 weeks in our downtown office
Recommended GPA of 3.2 or above

*Note: This internship application requires a news article in AP Style and an excerpt (no more than 5 pages) from a research paper in MLA or CMS format

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