Spring YWCA USA Communications Intern

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LOCATION: Washington, DC
STATUS: Internship
SALARY: Unpaid (for college credit)

YWCA USA, the national headquarters office of the YWCA, has an exciting opportunity for a Communications Intern for the spring of 2013. Established in 1858, the YWCA is the oldest and largest women’s organization dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. In the U.S., the YWCA serves over 2 million women, girls and their families each year. Globally, the YWCA USA is a member of the World YWCA, which has affiliates in 122 countries that serve 25 million women and girls worldwide. For more information, please visit www.ywca.org.

The YWCA USA currently has an internship opportunity available to those with an interest in the Communications, Public Relations and Online Engagement aspects of nonprofit management. This is a great opportunity for someone who is studying public relations, mass communications, journalism, and/or marketing, or has recently graduated with a degree in one of these fields, and is looking for real work experience. This is an unpaid internship. College credit can be arranged.
Interns must commit to a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks, and a minimum of 12 hours per week, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

YWCA USA is located at 2025 M St., NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC, 20036. Our office is located four blocks from Dupont Circle Metro Station on the Red Line.

For consideration, please apply via e-mail to communications@ywca.org. Please put “Communications Intern” in the Subject line and your cover letter (including the days/hours you are available to work) in the body of your e-mail. Please attach your resume in a Word (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) file attachment, as well as 1 – 2 writing samples. No telephone calls, please, and no third-parties.


•Assist the Department of Communications with external communications, online engagement projects and press outreach.

•Assist with communications around YWCA’s 2013 Annual Conference, advocacy initiatives, fundraising and promotion of local associations.

•Research and provide content for social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.).

•Draft, edit and proofread communications documents and outputs (blog posts, social media messages, media advisories and newsletters).

•Assist in tracking media and social media coverage of YWCA and in circulating, posting and leveraging media coverage across platforms.

•Research and assist in the implementation of media outreach and partnership campaigns.

•Perform other duties as assigned.


•Very strong writing and editing skills, and attention to detail.

•An open mind and willingness to learn.

•Ability to learn programs and processes quickly and to deliver results under tight deadlines.

•Excellent interpersonal skills; comfortable working with the public, the media and others.

•Understanding and interest in bloggers, broadcast, cable, print and radio media.

•Knowledge of social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, blogs) and Microsoft Office programs.

•Understanding of Facebook and Twitter as it relates to non-profit outreach.

•A sincere interest in the YWCA’s mission of Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women.

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