Communications & Philanthrophy Intern

Relief International
Washington, DC
Jan 31, 2017
Apr 01, 2017
Full Time

Position: Communications and Philanthropy Intern

Location: Washington, DC

Duration: Minimum 3 Months (15-20 hours/week)

Reports to: Global Communications Manager

About RI: Relief International (RI) is a home to teams of humanitarian activist-professionals committed to transforming adversity into renewal for the world's most vulnerable populations. By partnering with beneficiaries and communities on the front-lines, RI innovatively bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development

Position Summary: The Communications and Philanthropy Intern is part of a communications team that promotes RI's humanitarian work worldwide, with a particular emphasis on raising RI's public profile through digital and traditional media. The department also crafts fundraising campaigns and donor materials.

Position Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Assist global communications team with writing website content
  • Collaborate with communications department on production and design of RI's promotional materials
  • Help build online presence on social media
  • Support online fundraising efforts
  • Help coordinate donor relations
  • Assist with additional duties and support departmental needs as requested

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Availability for at least 15 hours per week minimum, M-F varied schedule;
  • BA in journalism, communications or related field strongly preferred. Current enrollment in programs related to these fields and completed relevant coursework also acceptable; option to apply work for credit, depending on university policy
  • Excellent writing and editing capabilities;
  • Proven experience with editing and creating graphics in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
  • Proven experience with developing social media content and strategy on Twitter and Facebook
  • Willingness to take direction, as well as proactively provide design and communication ideas;
  • Ability to work independently and on a team, with strict deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically, resourcefully and strategically to maximize the communication team's contribution to RI's mission.

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

The RI Way:

We do things our way — The RI Way. That means empowering communities to find and implement the solutions that work best for them. We build four elements into every project:

  • Local Participation: At Relief International, beneficiaries are not recipients of aid. They are participants in their own solutions. We engage local communities at the program design stage, because programs designed, built and judged by the community they serve are more likely to succeed. And to last.
  • Integrated Programs: Relief International designs projects to cover more than just once slice of life. Because lives are complicated. Education boosts health. Better health improves livelihoods. Stronger livelihoods let families invest in education. Integrated solutions serve people living in the real world.
  • Partnerships: We partner with communities, governments and leading international organizations. These relationships let us harness complementary expertise and networks to ensure that each community gets the best solutions available
  • Civic Skills: People are powerful when they are heard. By engaging communities in project design and execution, Relief International fosters skills such as transparency, accountability and open public debate — the cornerstones of effective civil society. And a strong civil society supports good governance, the critical force behind long-term development and stability.

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