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Service Enterprise Writer, Volunteer Intern; Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service

Volunteer Iowa (Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service) is looking for an energetic, independent volunteer to develop written profiles of Certified Service Enterprise organizations to spotlight nonprofit and government organizations that excel in engaging volunteers. This opportunity is great for experienced professionals or students who want to lend their time and talent to a worthwhile cause. Volunteers interns with the following backgrounds are ideal for the position:  Communications, public relations, journalism, or English.

SUMMARY

The Writer will work closely with staff to research, write, and develop profiles of organizations that have participated in the Service Enterprise Initiative. A “Service Enterprise” is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills to achieve its social mission. The Service Enterprise Initiative is an intensive assessment, training, and coaching process to help organizations achieve that level of operation.  Content will be used for developing a guide of certified organizations and opportunities to volunteer with them, blog posts featuring the impact of these organizations and their volunteers, and earned media stories highlighting examples of skills based volunteer projects.  The volunteer will work independently and schedule regular meetings with staff to debrief on progress, discuss next steps and get feedback.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Interview staff and/or volunteers of organizations participating in Service Enterprise
  • Develop profiles and case studies of organizations, showcasing innovative practices
  • Create blog posts and earned media content highlighting stories of volunteers and their impact
  • Make recommendations for future stories and outlets

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

Possess engaging writing skills with a professional posture.  The successful candidate must be computer and Internet savvy, with considerable experience in interviewing, writing, and storytelling.

Skills

  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials
  • Ability to write simply with both expository and narrative styles

Project Management

  • Ability to effectively manage time and multi-task
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to define and work to deadlines

Business Savvy

  • Understand mission of Volunteer Iowa
  • Assist in identifying opportunities based on new developments in this field
  • Present professional, but friendly posture with colleagues
  • Maintain high ethics with communications and daily work tasks

TIMEFRAME:

Length of commitment: Negotiable- Both semester and multi-semester opportunities available

Estimated total hours: Negotiable

Scheduling:

At discretion of volunteer

WORKSITE:  This is a volunteer opportunity, to be completed using the volunteer’s own technology equipment and/or software, phone, and Internet connection.  During regular business hours, the Volunteer Iowa office, computers and phones may be available.

BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH US:

  • Opportunity to support the efforts of Volunteer Iowa
  • Passionate staff and volunteers
  • Small, 20-year-old organization: flexibility, adaptability and the possibility to learn about state government operations, volunteer management and national service.
  • Record of volunteer service for related work and school purposes
  • Ability to participate in agency training and/or advancement activities
  • Acknowledgement of contributions on website; letters of recommendation, etc.

VOLUNTEER IOWA AGREES TO:

  • Provide the volunteer with a copy of the volunteer policies
  • Provide position description and agreement
  • Provide orientation, learning opportunities and resources to prepare volunteer for service
  • Provide login and editing access for technology systems as needed
  • Provide ongoing support, guidance, feedback and performance evaluation
  • Give recognition for contributions to Volunteer Iowa and State of Iowa

VOLUNTEER AGREES TO:

  • Provide information to update application and contact information as changes occur
  • Participate in orientations, position-related courses and learning opportunities
  • Meet with appropriate groups/teams/volunteers as agreed for ongoing support and evaluation
  • Devote sufficient time and energy to fulfill the outlined position requirements
  • Support the mission and values, as well as the commission’s activities and goals
  • Comply with the policies, safety guidelines and procedures
  • Acknowledge that the position is an unpaid, volunteer position offered through Volunteer Iowa, volunteeriowa.org

About Volunteer Iowa (or Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service)

Volunteer Iowa and its partner agencies work with organizations and individuals on three main fronts. The first is to help agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need. The second is to help engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base. Finally, the third area of work is to connect individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure. More information is available at volunteeriowa.org.

If you have questions about this position description, or Volunteer Iowa, contact…

Michelle Raymer, Program Officer; 515.348.6235 or michelle.raymer@iowaeda.com

 

 

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Give Back Iowa Challenge Storyteller; Volunteer Intern, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service

Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service is looking for an energetic, independent storyteller to develop written profiles of Give Back Iowa Challenge employers to begin telling the story of how these outstanding companies across Iowa are supporting their employees to give back their time and volunteer on behalf of their company in communities across the state. We are looking to develop several case study profiles to be able to share them with companies during our Challenge each spring. This opportunity is great for experienced professionals or students who want to lend their time and talent to a worthwhile cause. Volunteers interns with the following backgrounds are ideal for the position:  Communications, public relations, journalism, or English.

SUMMARY

The Writer will work closely with the Communications & Engagement Officer to research, write, and develop profiles of employers that have participated in the Give Back Iowa Challenge over the past four years. The Give Back Iowa Challenge is designed to engage Iowans in employer supported volunteering, running each spring from April 1 through May 31. Winners are determined in categories such as micro, small, medium, and large sized employers, receiving a visit from the Governor and Lt. Governor. Moreover, the Challenge is about recognizing these employees for giving their time and talents to organizations who need it most.  These case studies will be designed to highlight not just the winning employers, but a variety of employers in every category to show how everyone can embrace volunteering through the workplace. The volunteer intern will work independently and schedule regular meetings with staff to debrief on progress, discuss next steps and get feedback.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Interview employees and coordinators of the Give Back Iowa Challenge in identified companies
  • Develop profiles and case studies of employers, showcasing innovative practices
  • Create blog posts and earned media content highlighting stories of employees and their impact

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

Possess engaging writing skills with a professional posture.  The successful candidate must be computer and Internet savvy, with considerable experience in interviewing, writing, and storytelling.

Skills

  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials
  • Ability to write simply with both expository and narrative styles

Project Management

  • Ability to effectively manage time and multi-task
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to define and work to deadlines

Business Savvy

  • Understand mission of Volunteer Iowa
  • Assist in identifying opportunities based on new developments in this field
  • Present professional, but friendly posture with colleagues
  • Maintain high ethics with communications and daily work tasks

TIMEFRAME:

Length of commitment: Negotiable- Both semester and multi-semester opportunities available

Estimated total hours: Negotiable

Scheduling:

At discretion of volunteer

Specific days/times needed:

WORKSITE:  This is a volunteer opportunity, to be completed using the volunteer’s own technology equipment and/or software, phone, and Internet connection.  During regular business hours, the Volunteer Iowa office, computers and phones may be available.

BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH US:

  • Opportunity to support the efforts of Volunteer Iowa
  • Passionate staff and volunteers
  • Small, 20-year-old organization: flexibility, adaptability and the possibility to learn about state government operations, volunteer management and national service.
  • Record of volunteer service for related work and school purposes
  • Ability to participate in agency training and/or advancement activities
  • Acknowledgement of contributions on website; letters of recommendation, etc.

VOLUNTEER IOWA AGREES TO:

  • Provide the volunteer with a copy of the volunteer policies
  • Provide position description and agreement
  • Provide orientation, learning opportunities and resources to prepare volunteer for service
  • Provide login and editing access for technology systems as needed
  • Provide ongoing support, guidance, feedback and performance evaluation
  • Give recognition for contributions to Volunteer Iowa and State of Iowa

VOLUNTEER AGREES TO:

  • Provide information to update application and contact information as changes occur
  • Participate in orientations, position-related courses and learning opportunities
  • Meet with appropriate groups/teams/volunteers as agreed for ongoing support and evaluation
  • Devote sufficient time and energy to fulfill the outlined position requirements
  • Support the mission and values, as well as the commission’s activities and goals
  • Comply with the policies, safety guidelines and procedures
  • Acknowledge that the position is an unpaid, volunteer position offered through Volunteer Iowa, volunteeriowa.org

About Volunteer Iowa (or Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service)

Volunteer Iowa and its partner agencies work with organizations and individuals on three main fronts. The first is to help agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need. The second is to help engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base. Finally, the third area of work is to connect individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure. More information is available at volunteeriowa.org

or contact Brianne Fitzgerald, Communications & Engagement Officer; 515.348.6228 or Brianne.fitzgerald@iowaeda.com

Marketing and Communications Internship; Iowa Women Lead Change ( IWLC ), Des Moines

Organization Background
IWLC’s mission is to advance women’s leadership. IWLC began in 2007 as the Iowa Women’s Leadership Conference, an event-based organization devoted to closing a serious opportunity gap. Women in Iowa, at all levels in their careers and from all walks of life, needed access to more ways to learn about effective leadership, to strengthen their own leadership skills, and to network with other women seeking to become better leaders in their lives, careers, and communities. Today, IWLC has evolved from an organization devoted primarily to event sponsorship to a comprehensive statewide, 501 (C)(3) nonprofit resource for all activities, events, opportunities, and organizations devoted to promoting women’s leadership. To learn more about IWLC, visit http://www.iwlcleads.org.
General Description: The Marketing and Communications Intern provides support to IWLC staff, volunteers and contractors with a range of writing, social media, event planning and database management activities. The ideal candidate will be a reliable and resourceful self-starter who enjoys meeting new people and is passionate about women’s leadership.
Required Experience and Skills:
• Journalism/Marketing/Non-profit emphasis
• Experience and proficiency in promotional copywriting for the web, news media, and print materials
• Strong verbal communication skills
• Proven attention to detail
• Knowledge and proficiency in: WordPress, Social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, others)
• Microsoft Office apps including Word, PowerPoint, Excel
• Database Management (name/address files)
• Basic graphic design knowledge (Adobe, InDesign)
Key Duties and Responsibilities
• Supports a diverse set of event planning, preparation, promotion and execution tasks, including: website maintenance, marketing material development, correspondence with volunteers, sponsors and speakers.
• Writes monthly newsletter
• Supports EPIC Corporate Challenge
• Administrative tasks: meeting coordination, note-taking and follow up
Reports to: Director of Marketing & Strategic Development
Hours: 20 per week during internship duration
Other: Can structure for class credit

Apply to:

Amy Eaton <amy.eaton@iwlcleads.org>
Iowa Women Lead Change
Director of Marketing & Strategic Development

 

Intern, Heartland Youth Choir; Des Moines

Heartland Youth Choir is hiring an Intern for the 2018-19 Season!

Reports To: Director of Business
Hours: 10-15 per week during business hours, with up to five hours during evenings/weekends for special events

$9.50 per hour. Willing to consider Summer hours or extending additional school year for the right candidate.

Job Description

1. Assist with general office and administration tasks.

2. Assist with Marketing duties, including social media posts, taking pictures/video, creating flyers, etc.

3. Assist with event and concert planning and logistics, including attending events and planning meetings as appropriate.

4. Assist with creation of board meeting agenda, attend and take meeting minutes for board meetings.

5. Other Duties as assigned.

Qualifications

1. College student majoring in Marketing, Business, Music or other applicable field.

2. Interest in supporting the arts education and/or non-profit administration.

3. Strong communicator, self starter.

4. Ability to act as a professional, represent HYC at events and board meetings.

About Heartland Youth Choir

Dedicated to excellence, Heartland Youth Choir develops musicianship and builds character in youth through the rehearsal and performance of quality choral literature.

HYC serves over 200 children (Grades K-12) each year through various programming opportunities and is beginning its 16th season in 2018.

To Apply:

Send your resume to bo@joinhyc.org
For more information, visit joinhyc.org/intern

Special Events, Fundraising, and Social Media Internship; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Iowa Chapter

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation offers a limited number of internships to students interested in hands-on experience at a leading national nonprofit. The CF Foundation is currently interviewing candidates for an internship opportunity at its Iowa Chapter, in the following fields:
– Event Planning
– Social Media and Marketing
– Administrative support

The CF Foundation has recently been featured in USA Today, Forbes Magazine, US News & World Report for its innovative and entrepreneurial methods and success. The Wall St. Journal’s Smart Money has recognized the CF Foundation as a leader among U.S. health/research charities for keeping administrative costs to a minimum while maximizing funds for medical programs.

Students will work under the guidance of CF Foundation staff, acquiring skills and experience as they assist in the planning and implementation of event-based fundraising events (such as 65 Roses Gala, Great Strides Walk and Shoot for a Cure). The experience will include interaction with volunteers and vendors in addition to CFF staff. This is a non-paid internship, which may qualify for academic credit at your institution. 

Internship Description:
Interns will receive hands-on experience in the areas of special events planning, fundraising, development and control of social media, or marketing opportunities with local businesses. Working directly with Foundation staff, students will help in planning every stage of major fundraising events from contacting businesses and collecting donations to set up and assisting at the event to post event wrap-up. Students will be a part of the event committee and receive recognition as such. 

This is a great opportunity to build valuable career building experience and network with professionals across the state of Iowa. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a leader in the non-profit sector and developer of a new form of philanthropy, Venture Philanthropy, will assist in helping provide students with needed skills.

Qualification:
Prefer Junior or Senior level students. Event management, communications, business, health, and liberal arts majors are highly encouraged; all other majors will be considered. Interested students should be outgoing and friendly as well as comfortable communicating over the phone or via email. 

Hours Per Week:
Minimum 8 hours per week– more as desired by student – hours are flexible to coincide with class and/or work schedule. 

Wage:
Internships are unpaid but students will be offered class credit for work as it applies to their major as well as recognition for their work at events and other opportunities as applicable.

Estimated Start Date: 
Students are encouraged to start as soon as they are available. Internships will start at the beginning of each semester, respectively.

Applications are currently being accepted.

How to Apply:  Please send a resume and cover letter to: 

Kelsey White at kwhite@cff.org or

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-Iowa Chapter

Attn: Kelsey White

1501 42nd Street, Suite 230

West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

Communications Internship; Ankeny Community School District

Ankeny Community School District Communications Department Internship

This internship is primarily focused on Public Relations for the school district, but would also be beneficial to Journalism, Marketing or other Communications majors.

Contact: Samantha Aukes, Communications and Marketing Manager, 515-289-3950.

To Apply: E-mail resume, writing samples, & cover letter to samantha.aukes@ankenyschools.org by the date listed below.

Selection Process: Interview with Communications Manager. Send resume and a minimum of three applicable writing samples to the contact above.

Time Period:

Fall Internship: August – December. Apply by August 24.

Hours: Can be flexibly scheduled Monday-Friday between 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. to accommodate the student’s class schedule. 400-hour goal will accommodate most university internship requirements.

Location: Ankeny Community Schools District Office, 306 SW School Street, Ankeny, IA 50023

Compensation: Unpaid, but will structure internship to meet course credit requirements.

Responsibilities: Under supervision of the Manager of Communications and Marketing, and dependent upon demonstrated skill in various areas, the intern will:

  • Develop communications timelines, strategies, and creative briefs for projects
  • Create drafts of communications identified by the Communications Coordinator. This may include interviewing staff members to gain information. Editing of subsequent drafts supervised by the Communications Coordinator. Communications may include:
  • Internal staff e-mails
  • Press releases & district web site “news” stories
  • Communications to parents and the public
  • New web pages (and editing of existing pages)
  • Fliers
  • Weekly staff e-newsletters, using information sent by various district departments
  • Stories for the Ankeny Advance newsletter
  • Other non-recurring communications
  • Proofreading for grammar and punctuation
  • Upon final draft approval by the Communications Coordinator, assist in execution of:
  • Posting Web pages and news stories
  • Monitoring Web site for functionality
  • Formatting and distributing e-mails in templates
  • Formatting print materials in InDesign and Word templates
  • Collaboration with the print shop to print materials
  • Research of new Web tools and development of social media to integrate with the district Web site
  • Other duties as assigned (may include filing, researching, and clerical tasks)

Requirements: Strong writing skills. Preferably a student with a major or minor in public relations, journalism, marketing, or some other form of communications. Strong grammar and proofreading skills. Strong research skills.

Preferred Skills: Strong journalistic interviewing skills. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite. Experience with web site navigation/design or theory. Experience with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, HootSuite, and other programs. Photography or videography experience.

www.ankenyschools.org

 

Multiple positions in design and copywriting; Rue Gilt Groupe, Boston

Work in fashion, live in Boston!

SJMC alum Claudia Williams wants Drake alumni to come work with her in Boston. Check out the openings on the Rue La La site under “creative.”  Here’s her pitch…

There is something about Rue La La that you just can’t find anywhere. The people here have become family, and coming to work each day is something to look forward to. There’s laughter, brainstorming, and the environment is just so healthy and inspiring! You get to dive into multiple different projects, from writing stories to social media and video. And now that Rue has bought Gilt… the opportunities are endless.

Oh, and the perks are pretty good too (discounts… free coffee… boat trips!) I highly encourage applying to Rue Gilt Groupe – Boston is an amazing city, and they are also hiring in New York!

Apply here: https://careers.ruelala.com/jobs/

Please add Claudia Williams as a referral, and email me with any questions!

CLAUDIA WILLIAMS
Junior Copywriter

RUE LA LA
20 Channel Center
3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02210
P 617.790.3691 C 309.721.6686
E cwilliams@ruelala.com