The Communications Intern will be responsible for assisting with website development and coordinating social media strategies that align with core marketing efforts. The Communication Intern’s responsibilities will include engaging with Centre members and members of the public through various social media outlets, helping to coordinate the Centre’s marketing and online fundraising efforts, creating promotional materials, and assisting with website development and maintenance.
This placement is a great opportunity for interns who are passionate about community development, eager to help seniors in our community, and interested in gaining practical operational skills in the non-profit sector.
We are a non-profit seniors’ centre located in the South Granville area that offers a variety of social, recreational, and wellness programs and services. We aim to provide local seniors with affordable and inclusive programming that promotes increased social engagement, health, and well-being among older adults.
BASIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Participating youth must:
- be between the ages of 15 and 30 at the time of intake;
- have demonstrated skills achievement at the post-secondary level (this means that you must have more than secondary school achievement);
- intend to gain ICT skills and knowledge;
- meet the job requirements of the IHO, which should included stated ICT-related activities;
- be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada and be legally entitled to work in Canada; and
- must not be in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.
TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assist staff with the development and maintenance of the Centre’s WordPress website.
- Regularly update social media platforms (including Facebook and Twitter) with relevant information about Centre events.
- Assist in the creation of communication materials for the Centre, including monthly MailChimp email blasts.
- Create promotional materials for special events (including posters, flyers, and pamphlets) using Photoshop or Canva.
- Assist with community outreach and marketing efforts, both online and in the community.
- Assist with the management of online fundraising efforts, including Kickstarter campaigns.
- Communicate and work effectively with the Executive Director, Office Administrator, and Program Coordinator. We operate as a small, collaborative team. As such, some program assistance and administrative duties may be required, including help with daily programs and special events.
- Effective communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of PHP coding and experience with WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, and MailChimp. Knowledge of Photoshop is an asset, but is not required.
- Ability to think outside the box and creatively envision marketing and outreach strategies.
- Excellent planning, organizational and time management skills with an ability to handle a variety of tasks.
- Personable, friendly, and a committed team player who is able to work cooperatively with staff, volunteers, members, and others to accomplish the Centre’s objectives.
- Knowledge and interest in seniors’ issues and the principles of community development is an asset.
Benefits & Training
- Intern will receive a one day orientation at the start of their internship, as well as on-going support and feedback from their supervisor.
- Intern will have access to all staff training opportunities.
- Intern will gain practical experience and professional skills in a non-profit, grassroots environment.
- Intern will have an opportunity to be directly involved in community development and make a lasting, meaningful impact on the lives of older adults in our community.
- Intern will be a part of a positive, supportive, and close-knit community.
- Reference letters will be available for interns at the end of their internships.
HOURS: Full-time (35 hours/week)
INTERNSHIP DURATION: 650 hrs
Internship provided via the Vancouver Community Network Youth Internship Program and funded by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), administered by Industry Canada.