Nonprofit organization seeks a Communications Intern for winter/spring semester 2017, ideally beginning in late January or early February. The intern is a key member of the Council's Marketing/Communications Department. Northern Star Council is among the nation’s largest Boy Scout councils, serving more than 37,000 young people with 15,000 volunteers. Responsibilities will be matched with the interests and expertise of interns in the following areas:
Preparing news releases for community and major newspapers for events
and activities (such as volunteer award recipients, food drives, service
Pitching story ideas to broadcast and print media (we strive for one major story per quarter)
Writing articles and assisting in the production and editing of the
council newsletter ( Navigator , circulation of 12,500) and e-newsletter
(eNavigator, emailed to 36,000) other specialty publications for
targeted audiences (leaders, donors, parents, school officials)
Taking photographs or video of events for print media, web and social media use
Other general communication duties (managing of media contact lists, tracking of news placements, etc.)
Working with a content management system to update content on Council
Web Sites ( www.northernstarbsa.org and others) as well as social media
(Facebook and Twitter)
Serving as a member of our volunteer Marketing Communications Committee,
responsible for setting overall communications direction and working
with our council’s pro bono agencies on specific projects. These
agencies are among the area’s best will include Clarity Coverdale Fury
Although the internship is unpaid, the council will cover any
out-of-pocket expenses. The Intern will work from our primary Scout
Service Center (393 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul MN 55102) or from our
Golden Valley location (5300 Glenwood Ave, Golden Valley, MN 55422).
Many of the tasks can also be done from home or school.
The position requires excellent writing skills, creativity, enthusiasm,
and a willingness to learn. Desirable qualifications include experience
with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and Outlook), social
media familiarity and basic photography skills. Some youth organization
experience (not necessarily Scouting) would also be desirable, but not
This position reports to the Director of Marketing Communications, Kent
York, who has an MBA with a Marketing Concentration from the University
of St. Thomas and has led the council’s award-winning communications
efforts for more than 20 years.
Internships are also available this summer and fall.
To apply for the winter/spring internship, please apply by January 15
via this web site. You will be prompted to upload your resume.
For more information about Scouting in the Twin Cities, see www.northernstarbsa.org