Marketing & Development Intern

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Rene Yung Communication Design
4128 26th Street
San Francisco, CA
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Part-time, Unpaid
Timeframe: ? — 01/15/13

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Rene Yung Communications Design is a small interdisciplinary art and design office
located in San Francisco, doing cutting edge cultural development and production
work, public art, and civic engagement. We maintain an enriching experience for our
volunteers and interns. You will be working directly with principal Rene Yung, and our
friendly and creative project team. We offer the opportunity to contribute your time to a
research project pushing the boundaries of academic research, art, and integrative use
of locative technology, and are happy to work with you so you get the most out of your

About Chinese Whispers

Chinese Whispers is a multi-faceted interdisciplinary project about contemporary folk
memories of the Chinese who helped build the Transcontinental Railroad and settlements
of the American West.

The project takes shape in two main formats: as place-based community storytelling
productions taking place at sites along the route of the Transcontinental Railroad,
envisioned to unfold from California to Utah, and as an interactive, online mapping
platform that aggregates community stories with locative social, cultural and historical
data. A pilot Sierra Nevada storytelling production took place in 2009, and a Bay Area
production is in progress.

We are in research and development on the web project, Chinese Whispers: Mapping
the TracesSM. Using locative media to bring together humanities research and vernacular
content, the project will innovate web tools that combine digital mapping, geo-referenced
research data, and community storytelling to convey this overlooked history in an
accessible way.

We collaborated with the Center for Sierra Nevada Studies on Chinese Whispers:
Mapping the TracesSM and the Center’s Director Emeritus, historian Gary Noy on initial
set of research, and Chinese Whispers is advised by a prominent board of Humanities,
civic engagement and technology advisors including nationally renowned historian Jack
Tchen of NYU, who co-founded the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, NY.


Internship Overview

We are seeking a qualified research intern to:
• Write and maintain Press Releases, Newsletters and Marketing materials and
Press Packets
• Coordinate all social media for project promotion, Facebook, Twitter, Blog Posts,
Email Blasts
• Contribute to development of Social Media plan
• Brainstorm exciting new marketing and promotional ideas
• Research and reach out to potential Sponsors and build links
• Archive materials in an up to date and accessible fashion
• Assist in keeping Grant Calendar on track and materials for grants ready to go
• Event assistance as needed
• Microsoft Word and Excel experienced
• Adobe Photoshop experience preferred


Time Requirement:

10 – 12 hours/week, a portion of the work can be done off site

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Duration: Fall 2012-Winter 2012


We are looking for an eloquent, innovative and enthusiastic intern who is interested in
local history as well as global connections. Our ideal candidate would have an interest
and background in Chinese American or Californian history, and have experience
in marketing, social media coordination and development either from a related
degree program or previous work experience. Attention to detail is a must, and this
individual should be a self-starter, comfortable with independent work and strong time
management capabilities.

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