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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Northern Star Council BSA - Internship - Communications Intern

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 projects, etc.)

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 for 2017.

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 required.

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