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Communications Intern – Minnesota Budget Project

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits


Organization Summary:

The Minnesota Budget Project is hiring a part-time (15-20 hours/week) communications intern to assist with our work to promote progressive tax and budget policies that expand opportunity to all, especially Minnesotans with low incomes and communities of color. This internship provides a chance to gain experience working on digital and public engagement strategies in a nonprofit research and advocacy environment. Some issue areas candidates can expect to work on include affordable health care, affordable child care, and taxes.

An initiative of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, the Minnesota Budget Project provides analysis and advocacy to propel Minnesota toward a future where all Minnesotans have access to opportunity and economic well-being. Our team uses research to identify policy solutions within four broad goals: a fair and sustainable tax system; investment in public services that expand opportunity; economic security; and a sound budget process.


Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Other
Category: Public Policy Closing Date: Oct 26, 2018
Job Type: Intern - Paid Salary: $15 per hour
Hours: Up to 20 hours/week 

Primary Duties:

  • Assist communications manager and other team members in implementing communications strategies, with a focus on web and digital platforms;
  • Implement social media campaigns, including designing social media memes and infographics, posting, scheduling, monitoring engagement, and recording analytics;
  • Assist with writing press releases and letters to editor, to support allies in advancing shared goals and messages;
  • Assist with maintaining and updating website content;
  • Monitor and record press coverage of relevant issues in media outlets across the state;
  • Assist with maintaining an inclusive and welcoming environment for all individuals in regards to diversity, which may include geography, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, immigration status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity/gender expression, sex, age, ability and religion;
  • Perform other job duties as assigned.


Required Education, Experience and Skills

  • Experience or education in communications, especially social media, journalism, public relations, media relations or similar field;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including knowledge of AP style;
  • Experience with social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook;
  • Experience using social media analytics and user applications, such as Tweetdeck or HootSuite;
  • Experience using PowerPoint or other online applications to create social media graphics;
  • Familiarity with office software, including Microsoft Word and Outlook;
  • Familiarity with CMS programs and basic understanding of HTML code;
  • Ability to cultivate relationships and work effectively with internal and external colleagues and partners;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities within sometimes tight deadlines


Preferred Education, Experience and Skills

  • At least 1 year professional experience in managing social media account(s);
  • Knowledge of paid digital strategies and applications;
  • Experience working in an advocacy, community engagement, or public policy environment;
  • Experience with Google Analytics.



Additional Info:

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

  • Frequently requires the ability to work for several hours at a time at a desk;
  • Frequently requires participation in repetitive motion activities including typing on a computer keyboard;
  • Will require use of a telephone to provide information in a clear and understandable manner to other individuals.

Reports to: Minnesota Budget Project Communications Manager
Classification: Intern, part-time (up to 20 hours/week), temporary, non-exempt
Compensation: $15 per hour. This position is not benefit-eligible, but does provide paid sick/safe leave, and also provides the opportunity to make an individual contribution to MCN’s retirement plan.
Hours/Schedule: This is a 15- to 20-hour per week position beginning approximately January 7 and ending in May. Candidate will work at MCN’s St. Paul office during regular business hours, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The intern will be expected to keep a regular work schedule, but some flexibility will be accommodated as necessary.

Other: The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is recognized as an Employer of National Service with the Corporation for National and Community Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

We are committed to recruiting and engaging individuals without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, familial status, ability, veteran status, membership or non-membership in a labor organization, sexual orientation, size, status with regard to public assistance, or genetic information. We are committed to the principle of equity and are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of individuals.

How To Apply:

Submit a cover letter (i.e., letter of application) and resume to MCN using the online form located at:  
Application deadline is Friday, October 26.


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