Communications Internship Open

Updated: Aug 16



Site Supervisor(s): Melissa Morgan, Communications Director


Hours: 10-12 hours per week throughout the academic semester depending on course requirements


Term: Internships traditionally are based on the following college semesters (16 weeks):

  • Mid-July to Early-August (Fall)

  • Early December - Mid January (Spring)

  • Early May - Mid June (Summer)


Compensation: Unpaid; Course credit through California State University, Long Beach, if attending another local college/university, course credit would need to be coordinated with a professor

BACKGROUND

Long Beach Forward focuses on strengthening the power of organizations and community members by providing them with the tools and training necessary to be heard, be influential, and drive real change in Long Beach. We are motivated by the belief that everyone in Long Beach should be able to influence the decisions that impact their lives and the knowledge that oftentimes low-income communities of color are left out of decision making.

  • Website: www.lbforward.org

  • Twitter: @movelbforward

  • Facebook: facebook.com/movelbforward

  • Instagram: @movelbforward @parentpowerlb @peoplesbudgetlb

  • TikTok: @movelbforward

  • LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/movelbforward



ROLE

A core function of Long Beach Forward is providing support for people to be more effective communicators for social change. Our communications team works with community stakeholders to develop and carry out communication strategies that elevate their issues, change the narrative, and move people into action. We lead our communications support in collaboration with advocates and community organizers so they can be effective communicators. In practice, we combine storytelling and local data to create compelling narratives that shift people’s hearts and minds.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Collaboration

  • Support collaboration, resource sharing, and facilitation amongst community residents, organizations, and policymakers in organizational campaigns and workgroups.

  • Participate in internal staff teams and external collaborative spaces.

  • Participate in weekly check-ins with a site preceptor to prioritize tasks and reflect on learning outcomes.

Communications

  • Develop, design, and distribute communications materials and/or tactics related to improving health equity in Long Beach.

  • Support strategic communications (social media, messaging development, graphic design) in collaboration with partner organizations and individuals in the targeted community.

  • Support our RAD AF Podcast development, production, and promotion.

  • Contribute to accessible content creation for relevant campaigns including but not limited to interviewing, writing, copy editing, and graphic design.

  • Work in coordination with the communications team to manage and curate social media content calendars in line with particular brands and voices.

  • Assist in data and analytics tracking of communications tactics.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to build new relationships and work with diverse groups, especially in communities represented in Central, West, and North Long Beach.

  • Interest in community organizing, public health, and social-justice issues.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, both in writing and verbally, relaying complicated information in a straightforward, culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.

  • Success in prioritizing and meeting multiple demands and deadlines.

  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to work independently, manage own work and time and be accountable for performance.

  • Technologically proficient, especially with email, google apps, and social media.

  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends.

  • Ability to work independently in a hybrid (in-person and remote) environment.


APPLICATION


To apply, 1) click this link and then 2) email your resume to hello@lbforward.org with subject line: Communications Internship after submitting the application form.


Interns will be accepted based on the available opportunities. Preferred application times are as follows: April-May (for Summer session), July-August (for Fall semester), and December-January (for Spring semester).


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