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Thursday, February 03, 2011

United Way - Public Relations & Communications Internship

This position works directly with United Way's Public Relations and Communications staff to assist with the publicity of events and announcements, in addition to other communication pieces. Other projects may also be assigned.

The internship is an unpaid position, located in downtown Minneapolis at Greater Twin Cities United Way. Will fulfill academic credit requirements if applicable.

Department: Marketing   Reports to: Public Relations Coordinator and Online Content Specialist
Time Commitment: 10-15 hours weekly, beginning February 2011 through the end of the term. Hours and dates of internship are flexible (within an 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. workday) and may be set according to intern’s schedule. Hours may include some nights and weekends for events occurring during the internship.


  • Draft and write press releases and learn how to distribute to the media.
  • Assist with writing and copy editing print and electronic communications.
  • Assist with planning PR strategy for upcoming events.
  • Learn how to track the value of public relations.
  • Help at events in community. May include taking pictures, volunteering or drafting event recaps.
  • Assist with social media strategy (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, etc.)


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must.
  • Enrolled in a degree program in marketing/communications, public relations, nonprofit administration or liberal arts.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office applications. Experience with blogging software or online content management a plus.
  • Knowledge of/experience with the Associated Press Stylebook.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience writing press releases and in public relations or communications preferred.


  • Strengthen communication, marketing and public relations skills.
  • Network with corporate communicators, marketing and social service professionals.
  • Broaden knowledge of United Way, health and human service organizations, and the nonprofit community.
  • Have an impact on public education and opinion regarding United Way and its role in the community.
  • Parking reimbursement.


Please send cover letter, resume and three (3) writing samples* to:
Stacy Emond, Greater Twin Cities United Way
404 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404