Communications/Writer Intern

Design-Build Institute of America
Washington, DC
Jan 27, 2017
Jun 30, 2017
Full Time
Communications Intern - Writer

Position Title: Communications Intern - Writer (Unpaid)

Primary Duties: Writing (online and print), social media engagement, graphics

Time Commitment: 20 hours per week

Supervised by: Strategic Communications Director

Are you ready to take put your communications and writing skills to work at a Washington, D.C. non-profit? If so, DBIA needs you. We're located on Pennsylvania Avenue just blocks from the White House and a quick walk from the U.S. Capitol and metro. The Design-Build Institute of America is a national non-profit membership association representing the entire spectrum of design and construction professions including; architects, engineers, owners, and more.

DBIA needs an intelligent, strategic, and resourceful intern to help us improve our quarterly magazine content, expand our online presence, encourage engagement and improve our membership communications. As a Communications Intern at DBIA you will be given the opportunity to garner broad practical experience across the many different responsibilities of a non-profit communicator. You will be a storyteller, content creator, and strategic messenger using both print and online channels. The Communications Intern will work in these main areas: social media (including graphic creation), public relations, issue research and magazine article writing.

Primary Duties

  • Assist in writing articles for DBIA's quarterly magazine, Integration Quarterly
  • Copy editing
  • Assist in developing social media content (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, DBIA Blog)
  • Create Graphics, particularly for social media and events promotion
  • Help prepare videos and other presentation materials, as needed
  • Complete a variety of communications projects as assigned
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and focus on multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously
  • Ability to interact professionally with stakeholders and media and demonstrate good judgment.
  • Reports to Director of Strategic Communications

Qualified candidates will be/have

  • Excellent written and verbal communication, strong editing skills
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented with strong written, verbal & organizational skills
  • Excellent computer skills with experience in social media & Microsoft Office
  • Photo editing and graphic creation experience
  • The ability to work independently and with others
  • Dependability, flexibility, and a sense of humor
  • The ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Openness to learning and growing within the internship experience

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship. DBIA will offer a travel stipend.

Ideal candidate is an undergraduate (junior or senior) or graduate student in public relations, marketing, or communications.

Location & Hours

Design-Build Institute of America

1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

4th Floor

Washington, DC 2004

20 hours per week for a four-month minimum commitment. The organization's normal business hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Specific days and number of hours are flexible and can be negotiated based on class load.

Student Benefits

  • This internship will allow the student to put their classroom knowledge to work in a

professional work setting garnering real-world experience.

  • You definitely won't be a file clerk in this job!
  • Build your portfolio and professional contacts in a respected Washington non-profit
  • School credit, depending on your school's requirements

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