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Sunday, November 08, 2015

College Possible - Communications and Marketing Intern

College Possible is a growing nonprofit dedicated to coaching low-income students to and through college, breaking the cycle of poverty and empowering our workforce. Our rigorously tested model earns top-of-field results that have helped 98 percent of students served earn admission to college and supported nearly 80 percent through graduation. A 2011 Harvard study found that the program more than doubles a student's chance of enrolling in a four-year college.
College Possible has a budget of $16.5 million, 90 full-time, regular employees and more than 200 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2015-2016 school year, we will serve 22,000 students in 64 partner high schools and nearly 300 college campuses.
Headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, College Possible currently serves students in Minnesota; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Portland, Oregon; Omaha, Nebraska; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; newly added Chicago, Illinois; and college campuses nationwide.
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I.          Position Summary

In a growing nonprofit with a centralized support structure for communications, the Communication and Marketing Intern is responsible for supporting the External Relations Team at College Possible Minnesota through a period of statewide growth. The ideal candidate will be pursuing or have recently earned an undergraduate degree in Communication
s, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, English or a related field of study. The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

II.        Specific Responsibilities

  • Produce marketing materials for high school and college partners, individual donors, volunteers, corporate and foundation funders, policymakers and prospective students.
  • Write and copy-edit content for marketing pieces, news releases and the website using the AP style guide
  • Manage media consent forms for students to ensure appropriate use of photos, videos and quotes
  • Manage photography database
  • Create promotional toolkits to support volunteer recruitment, student recruitment, media outreach and fundraising
  • Research and develop a greater Minnesota media list and secure story placements in media outlets across the state
  • Manage internal daily news clipping service and media archives library
  • Research media sponsorship opportunities and strategies
  • Interview greater Minnesota students and create localized student profiles for multiple audiences
  • Develop a virtual College Possible presentation to be delivered via Google Hangout to audiences in greater Minnesota and book community engagement opportunities for leadership team members with local organizations and associations
  • Other tasks as assigned

III.       Required Skills and Experiences

  • Must be available 15-20 hours per week during the spring semester.
  • Must be a current college student or recent college graduate. Exceptional  written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented;
  • Excellent research, writing, proofreading and editing skills
  • Creativity, resiliency and commitment to excellence is important
  • Skilled at managing multiple deadline tasks
  • Strong interest in communications, marketing and education
  • High energy, enthusiastic, with strong commitment to public service and social justice 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop highly preferred.  
  • Photography and/or video skills a plus
  • Experience with Raiser's Edge or a similar database tool a plus
  • Ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information with tact and discretion

IV.       Compensation

A stipend of $2,000 will be awarded per semester.

Apply now.