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Intern Opportunities | National PTA

National PTA, located in Alexandria, Va., is currently accepting applications from college and grad students who wish to serve as unpaid interns at the PTA headquarters for Summer of 2017.

Summer Interns will begin working in May and continue through the First week of August (Dates are Flexible), except where indicated. National PTA staff will assist any students wishing to get college credit for our unpaid internship. Currently, the following internships are available:

Communications Intern - Editorial and Online Magazine Support

Communications Intern - Media Relations and Social Media Support

Graphic Design Intern

Resource Development and Communications Intern

Education & Leadership Training Intern

Database Support Intern

Send resume and two writing samples and any other related materials to HR@pta.org. Please include the title of the internship in the subject line.

Communications Intern - Editorial and Online Magazine Support

We are seeking a sophomore or more senior majoring in English, Journalism, Communications or Marketing that is interested in supporting the National PTA’s online magazine, Our Children.

The intern should be willing and able to commit 15 to 20 hours of week of work in our offices in Alexandria, VA.  We do allow flexible schedules and some work from home may be possible.  The intern will be responsible for:

  • Posting articles for Our Children Magazine in World Press.
  • Compiling monthly and quarterly magazine and e-marketing metrics.
  • Help writing and editing articles, promotional copy and website content for various communications projects.
  • Help creating graphics for Our Children Magazine and promotional tasks.
  • Assist with additional communication projects as needed.

Students should gain valuable working knowledge of communications work in a non-profit environment and will be completing project related work to add to their portfolios. 

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and at least two writing samples to:

HR@pta.org, please include Editorial Communications Intern on the subject line.

 

Communications Intern - Media Relations and Social Media Support

The intern will support public relations, media relations and digital communications efforts and gain experience in a non-profit and advocacy environment.

Duties and responsibilities may include the following:

  • Create a bi-weekly report including top education trend and industry news articles.
  • Compile and updated medial lists.
  • Assist writing press releases, media advisories and other materials
  • Assisting with compiling background materials to prepare National PTA leadership for interviews
  • Posting news releases and other media-related content to PTA.org
  • Help write pieces for National PTA’s One Voice blog and Our Children magazine.
  • Help write content and create graphics for National PTA’s social media channels.
  • Assist in compiling monthly and quarterly social medial and e-marketing metrics.

Required experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:

Qualified candidates must possess a clear understanding of public and media relations. The intern must demonstrate excellent writing, editing and communication skills. Knowledge of WordPress or any other content management system is a plus. Proficient with MS Office Suite and Google analytics; must have a strong understanding of social media sites.

Preferred college majors: communications, journalism, marketing or public relations

Students should gain valuable working knowledge of communications work in a non-profit environment and will be completing project related work to add to their portfolios. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and at least two writing samples to:

HR@pta.org, please include Media Relations & Social Media Intern on the subject line.

 

Graphic Design & Communications Intern

The intern will support National PTA’s Creative Services team efforts and gain experience working on design layout for National PTA projects.

Our ideal candidate must be self-motivated and a forward thinker with a strong interest in the creative art and design. Must show strong initiative, be open to constructive criticism and feedback; understand design principles and respect towards producing real work product and meeting deadlines.

  • Understanding of graphic design layout
  • Moderate proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud: InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Ability to create design projects by a deadline

Responsibilities will include:

  • Providing design and development support to National PTA’s Creative Services team.
  • Exercise creative thinking on logo creation, imagery and branding projects.
  • Daily projects that include both administrative, communications and small graphics projects.
  • Attend staff and internal client meetings.

Required experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:

Qualified candidates must be going into junior or senior year working towards a B.A. in Graphic Design, Communications, Advertising or related design field.

Students should gain valuable working knowledge of graphic and design communications work in a non-profit environment and will be completing project related work to add to their portfolios. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and a portfolio of work that can be viewed by the internship supervisor on line.

HR@pta.org, please include Graphics Design Intern on the subject line.

 

Resource Development Intern

The intern will provide support to the Resource Development department to help support National PTA’s individual giving efforts.  They will gain experience working on real projects related to non-profit individual giving and corporate partnerships. This is a wonderful position for a student with a desire to explore a mission driven non-profit environment as a possible career.

Duties and responsibilities may include the following:

  • Researching and drafting potential grants
  • Corporate partnership and lead generation research
  • Drafting donor correspondence and solicitations
  • Coordinating donor acknowledgement program
  • Production assistance for donor stewardship, cultivation & fulfillment needs
  • Prep for corporate onboarding meetings and conferences
  • Collaboration with other departments in cross-channel campaign promotions

Required experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:

Qualified candidates must possess strong Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and writing skills. Marketing and/or fundraising knowledge a plus but not required.  Website development skills preferred, but not required. Interest in non-profit development.

Preferred college majors: English, Marketing, Communications, or Business.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and at least two writing samples to:HR@pta.org, please include Resource Development Intern on the subject line.

 

Education & Leadership Development Intern

The Education & Training intern will use an array of communications skills to support education and member awareness strategies. Intern will produce numerous portfolio items including guides, web content, blogs, social media graphics, presentations, and supporting e-learning development.

Qualifications

  • Strong communication skills, including written, oral, and listening.
  • Computer software competency, particularly with Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Ability to work independently and track milestones and meet project quality expectations
  • Willingness to learn new designer software such as: Photoshop CS6 and Articulate Storyline Suite
  • Awareness of a variety of design and development tools such as Adobe Captivate, Dreamweaver, Flash, and HTML
  • Working towards a degree in Instructional Design, Education, or Communications is preferred.
  • Must be able to multitask to support several programs and initiatives and provide excellent customer service to our members.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and at least two writing samples to:

HR@pta.org, please include Education & Leadership Development Intern on the subject line.

 

Database Support Intern

The Information Technology internship will be working as part of our membership team that is implementing a new database technology, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, that will help National PTA manage membership data.

This is a great opportunity to gain real work experience working on our new membership database and learning to link information about our members with outside data sources like the Department of Education.

Qualifications

  • Strong communication skills, including written, oral, and listening.
  • Computer software competency with an understanding of how relational databases work, strong excel skills
  • Must be able to multitask to support several programs and initiatives and provide excellent customer service to our members.
  • Strong Attention to detail

Projects will include:

  • Assisting with the integration of legacy data from our convention
  • Linking National PTA CRM to outside data sources
  • Performing process testing and writing user documentation for our membership pilot as needed
  • Assisting the field service team with compiling reports on the status of our state congresses and their rate of compliance with our standards of affiliation

Preferred college sophomore or above with majors: information technology, computer science, business, finance or any STEM majors would be best suited for the position. However, any college major is invited to apply.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and at least two writing samples to: HR@pta.org, please include Technology Intern on the subject line.