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Communications and Public Policy Intern

The Arc Minnesota


Organization Summary:

The Arc Minnesota is a private non-profit organization that advocates for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We believe each person has the right to live the life they choose.

Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Other
Category: Public Policy Closing Date: open until filled
Job Type: Intern - Unpaid Salary: unpaid
Hours: Flexibile - 10-15/wk 

Primary Duties:

Responsibilities: Core tasks: • Informing Our Advocates and the Public o Media relations (writing press materials, contacting media, assisting at media events) o Newsletter, printed, and e-communications (writing articles, proofing articles) o Social media (original posts on Facebook on public policy, The Arc Minnesota’s other activities, and disability-related information; monitoring comments and conversations on Facebook; Twitter; uploading posts on public policy blog; monitoring comments on blog; analyzing data from any of our social media platforms) o Website (uploading items, updating content, analyzing data) o Newsletter articles for Master Pooled Trust newsletter o Videotaping short presentations on public policy issues for our YouTube site o Take a leading role in moving us to a new e-mail data base system • Supporting Successful Grassroots Public Policy Advocacy o Assist with planning and conducting grassroots activities to build support for public policies that will be promoted during the 2016 legislative session. o Organize, train and prepare members of The Arc Minnesota to be able to effectively promote our public policy priorities. • Making Events Successful o Writing content for awards program o Writing, proofing conference publicity materials o Helping with planning and logistics for state conference, public policy events o Follow up with conference sponsors and exhibitors • Making the Office Run Smoothly o Answering phones/receptionist duties, word processing, mailings, data entry, list management, e-mails, internet research, and other duties as assigned. Stretch projects: Based on your personal development needs and fit, you may work on some of the following projects. We want you to tailor the internship experience so you can grow with us • Manage the marketing and implementation of an online training program for people with disabilities and their families • Create videos to promote the organization to people with disabilities and the wider audience • Review and make recommendations for establishing a Citizens’ Academy similar to other advocacy organizations (e.g., Brain Injury Alliance of Minnesota’s program)


Qualifications: • Students pursuing Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing, Education, Public Policy, or related field • Good communications skills, written and verbal • Ability to learn new material • Ability to work independently • Ability to work effectively with colleagues in a variety of situations • Attention to detail • Experience in public policy advocacy desirable, but not required • Willingness to help out where needed • Desire to make a difference in the lives of people who are in need of support, have been underserved, and/or had difficulties securing their rights • Reliable and able to commit for entire summer • Proficiency in Spanish and/or photography would be a plus but not necessary


Additional Info:

Benefits: • Supervision and training given by Director of Communication, shadowing opportunity available • Ability to work on a wide range of tasks with high level of autonomy • Exposure to senior leaders and super-friendly work culture • Learning the ins and outs about a non-profit specializing in advocating and educating issues around disability • Working onsite with provided computer • Free and super-easy parking, office near bus and light rail stations • Transportation reimbursement available for work travel excluding routine commute

How To Apply:

Simply send your resume to Wendy Gerlach ( with e-mail subject: “communications/policy intern”. This position is open until filled, please apply early.


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