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Journalism Students: Make a Difference! Intern at ClassWish.orgBookmark This
401 7th Avenue
New York, NY
Posted: August 12 2015
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DescriptionWe seek outstanding undergraduate and graduate journalism students as interns for the current school year and for the summer to collaborate on the boldest nonprofit initiative we know.
We are looking for entrepreneurial passionate, and energetic students with exceptional skills to take initiative on a national student journalism contest and on a national student video contest. This is an outstanding leadership opportunity in an innovative, emerging nonprofit.
Here is the problem we are tackling: K-12 schools in this country do not have enough resources to let children explore their potential and excel. Books, computers, art supplies, musical instruments, science equipment, sports equipment, and even paper for computers and printers are all in desperately short supply.
Our Approach: ClassWish.org, an exciting new nonprofit, uses modern business practices and the latest marketing techniques to help 125,000 schools serving 56 million kids, inform, inspire and engage supporters. Teachers visit the site to create Wish Lists of the resources they need. People in the community can see exactly what is needed and contribute to help.
About Us: The people behind ClassWish.org include such prominent education and business leaders as Adam Hirsch, former COO, Mashable; Laurie Coots, CMO, TBWA; Scott Cutler, EVP, New York Stock Exchange; Betsy Morgan, former CEO, Huffington Post; Nancy Pelz-Paget, Director, Education and Society Program, Aspen Institute; Sharon Robinson, CEO, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Forbes Magazine liked our approach so much that they donated a full page to help raise awareness. Yo-Yo Ma, Tony Hawk and Dwight Howard are among the celebrities who have offered to help promote ClassWish.org.
The Work: Teachers and students are already getting supplies from ClassWish.org. To raise greater awareness of the need and encourage more participation so we can help more kids, we are launching a national HS student video contest and a national HS student journalism contest, each called, “It’s Not Fair! My School Doesn’t Even Have ______!”
Interns will work in small teams focused on:
• Planning these contests: developing the strategy, writing the rules, selecting judges, designing the websites, enlisting partners, recruiting corporate partners, coordinating with media partners, pitching celebrities
• Promoting these contests: press and blogger outreach, planning and launching a social media campaign, establishing partnerships with various organizations, advertising, graphics, etc.
You will take a leadership role and work with other highly motivated interns, established professionals, and directly with our co-founder.
ResponsibilitiesFAQ – Review ClassWish.org’s outstanding internship program here:
Is this a business or a nonprofit?
ClassWish is a nonprofit, but we use the latest techniques from the business world to make a leveraged, scalable and financially-self sustaining difference in the lives of tens of millions of children.
This sounds ambitious!
Daniel Burnham, the great Chicago architect, said “Make no little plans; they have not the power to stir men’s souls.” (Nor women’s, we hasten to add). Little plans also do not have the power to provide a better education to 56 million kids who deserve more than they are getting today. We face a crushing need in schools, have a solid plan to address it, and with your help, we intend to grow this very large and very fast.
Where are you located?
We are in Manhattan, conveniently located right across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. Four express subway stops, LIRR, and the PATH train are all within one block. We also hire interns to work remotely from other cities.
What skills and experience are you looking for?
We seek a wide range of skills: graphic designers, videographers, writers, researchers, creative thinkers, analytical sorts, community organizers, social media stars, people with great communication skills, MBA students, and more.
I looked at your site and have some suggestions.
Great! This is a collaborative project, and we want to hear from you. Your ClassWish review will be helpful.
Is this a paid internship?
We can offer a great experience, a great addition to your résumé, academic credit (if your school allows), stunning recommendations, and a chance to make a difference, but we are a start-up nonprofit, so can only offer unpaid internship and volunteer positions. Do check to see if your school offers a stipend program.
When will you select the interns?
We’re agile. When we see a great candidate, we extend an invitation immediately. We won’t keep you waiting for a decision.
What dates will the internship run?
We are flexible. Tell us what you are looking for.
What are the hours?
We welcome full-time and part-time interns. Let us know what works for you.
What will I need to bring?
Brains, heart, passion, energy, a notebook computer (as an early-stage nonprofit, we just can’t afford to buy dozens of machines), and a passion to make an immediate improvement to the education of tens of millions of children.
Sounds exciting! How can I apply?
Please send a short cover letter and an impressive resume to interns [AT] ClassWish.org.
RequirementsThe Environment: This is, frankly, a great place to work. We get great interns from all over the country and all over the world, so the atmosphere is energetic, creative, and fun. It’s also casual; we’re interested in your brains, creativity and heart. Want to work in jeans, a t-shirt and flip-flops? Why not!
What do we offer? You will enhance your resume with a solid record of professional achievement and community service, work with great people, and have the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped children get the tools they need to perform at their best.
See presentations about some of our activities at http://ClassWish-Intern-Postings.org.
If you want a great experience doing something you will always be proud of, send a short cover letter and a resume to interns [AT] ClassWish.org. Impress us. This is competitive.