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Position Start and End Dates: Monday, September 25, 2017 - Monday, December 18, 2017
Application Deadline: Monday, September 11, 2017

International Visitor Program: Communications Intern - Fall 2017


The World Affairs Council is seeking an intern to support communications and social media for the International Visitor Program (IVP) team by performing a variety of duties.  The IVP team is responsible for the programming for approximately 500 international visitors each year participating in short-term professional study programs.  The intern will have the opportunity to become familiar with an aspect of American foreign policy, which promotes person-to-person diplomacy thorough international friendship and understanding. The intern will have the opportunity to learn more about creative and cutting-edge practices to promote the mission and activities of the World Affairs Council of Oregon in general, and our IVP programs in particular. S/he will also be encouraged to escort visitors to appointments and attend professional meetings and will have an opportunity to meet Council staff working in additional areas that may be of particular interest to the intern.  

Primary Responsibilities
•    Understand media guidelines for various international visitor groups
•    Work with IVP and Communications staff to implement social media strategy
•    Draft accurate and engaging social media posts about visitor groups in Oregon
•    Draft brief descriptions of visitor programs for weekly newsletter
•    Design fliers to advertise various hosting opportunities
•    Help with other administrative tasks of the IVP team such as preparing information packets for visitors, ordering brochures, writing thank you notes, photocopying, answering phones, archiving and filing.

Preference is given to persons who are studying or have studied in the areas of Journalism, Media, Communications, International Affairs, Intercultural Communications, Language Studies, or a related field. Preference will also be given to persons with photography skills and design experience.

•    Excellent attention to detail.
•    Very strong editing and writing skills.
•    Strong interpersonal skills.
•    Interest in international affairs and other cultures.
•    Basic understanding of HTML and writing for the web
•    Proficiency with various social media platforms, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube
•    Positive attitude, flexibility, and ability to multi-task.

Must be a US citizen or have a visa that permits the individual to work. For international students, curricular practical training (CPT) or optional practical training (OPT) paperwork is required prior to the start of the internship.  Successful candidates will be hired contingent upon the results of a background check.  

Compensation and Credit
All World Affairs Council of Oregon internships are unpaid. Interns are encouraged to attend monthly lectures and forums sponsored by the Council. We require a minimum of 15 hours per week during the 9am-5pm workweek and a three month commitment. Increased hours can lead to increased responsibility. Compensation comes in the currency of new skills, networking opportunities, hands-on experience in assisting a local non-profit, and fun! Tri-met pass reimbursement available after meeting certain requirements.
Application Instructions
Please submit a resume, brief cover letter and upload the below assignment as a “Writing Sample” via the application link. If you have social media account handles, please include them as part of your resume or assignment.

Create a sample social media post promoting a World Affairs Council of Oregon event or program. You are welcome to refer to an upcoming or past program. (No need to post this live, please just include it in your application materials.)

Select the opportunities you are interested in.

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If you are seeking an internship for academic credit through your university or college please complete this section. Applicants seeking an internship for academic credit must make arrangements through their university or college and should submit their university/college guidelines with their application to the Council. Credit is entirely at the discretion of the intern’s university or college and interns are responsible for communicating the school’s requirements to the Council. If you are not seeking an internship for credit, please skip this section.


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