Digital Communications Intern (June – August 2019)
Department: Communications Department (McCormick Foundation) Reports to: Communications Associate Location: Chicago, IL
About the Communications Department
The Foundation’s Communications team is responsible for the visual and written brand management of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. We are the brand managers and the voice of all the grantmaking programs of the Foundation. We work within the digital design landscape, including various social media platforms, campaigns, photography, videography and editing to visually market the work of the grantmaking programs, and the grantee-partners of Chicago and the state of Illinois. Our team manages all visual content including graphic design, publishing, advertisement, signage management, brochures, video, photography and all marketing collateral. Additionally, we maintain social platforms for the McCormick Foundation, develop and cultivate relationships with our followers, and play a direct role in social media growth through the state of Illinois.
Opportunity: Digital Communications Intern
This internship is designed to introduce college seniors and recent graduates to the field of marketing, communications, and/or journalism. Interns will gain exposure in media relations, graphic design, development of internal and external communication strategies and much more. Upon leaving the McCormick Foundation, interns will foster a deeper understanding of the marketing and communications field and gain the experience of working in a professional office environment and cultural institution.
The McCormick Foundation is seeking a forward-thinking, creative, and nimble individual with excellent verbal and written communication skills to work in its Communications Department. This individual should have a deep understanding of the digital media landscape, including various social media platforms. The individual will be tasked with a variety of projects, including helping to grow the Foundation’s digital assets library (e.g. video, photos, etc.) and enhancing audience engagement on our social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. This is a full-time position (approx. 40 hours/week) from June through August 2019 that reports to the Communications Associate.
Work with grant-making programs to help develop original content for the Foundation’s social media vehicles
Help publish the Foundation’s internal e-newsletter, Kernels
Attend events to capture content and multimedia for print and digital communications
Monitor and track daily Foundation and grantee news for monthly electronic media report
Help assess and refine the Foundation’s social media strategy, including:
Create/curate content and foster communities on social network pages such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn
Monitor, track and analyze social media results for a monthly electronic media report to share with the Foundation’s Board, CEO and staff
Research social media marketing trends and best practices
Recent college graduate (within three months) or upperclassman at an accredited undergraduate degree program pursuing a degree in marketing, communications, English, or journalism
Creative and innovative thinker with the ability to understand the role of social media in the nonprofit sector
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to create content in the appropriate voice for the organization
Photography skills and ability to use DSLR technology
Basic computer skills including use of Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, and field/studio video and audio production techniques
Efficient and effective multi-tasking and time management skills
Detail-oriented, inquisitive, and thoughtful
Team player, with the ability to work independently when needed
Demonstrated passion for the Foundation’s values with commitment to deliver results measured against the Foundation’s mission
Outstanding interpersonal skills and experience building relationships with multiple stakeholders by listening to new ideas, encouraging dialogue, and inspiring people to work towards common goals
All offers are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screening
Required Application Materials
Submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample online.
Internal Number: 3124455023
About Robert R. McCormick Foundation
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is dedicated to fostering communities of educated, informed, and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic grant-making and Cantigny Park, the Foundation works to make life better in Chicagoland. The McCormick Foundation, among the nation's largest foundations with more than $1.5 billion in assets, was established in 1955 upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune.
Cantigny Park, part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is the 500-acre Wheaton estate of Robert R. McCormick. It is home to the McCormick House, First Division Museum, formal gardens, picnic grounds, walking trails and a Visitors Center with banquet and dining facilities.