Job Title: Communications Intern, Part Time (Paid)
Reports To: Senior Communications Manager
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Term: Spring semester
Summary: Working closely with the national external affairs and communications team this internship
will support the Network’s internal and external communications strategies and tactics, among other
responsibilities. Success in this role will require an individual that is highly creative, self-motivating,
collaborative, and a team player willing to help where he or she is needed. The right candidate will excel
in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment as well as work from a remote setting. This internship is a
newly created position, and as such, the right candidate will have the unique and rewarding opportunity
to shape the primary responsibilities of this role on the job and will significantly contribute to the further
advancement of the organization’s educational goals at large by performing the following duties.
Duties and Responsibilities: The following are essential functions of the position. Other duties may be
1. Maintain media, newsletter, and internal/external distribution lists.
2. Assist in the drafting and editing of press releases, LTEs, op-eds, blog posts, and social media
3. Collect links to relevant news articles and share with Land & Liberty Coalition (L&LC) and CEN
staff for posting to social media.
4. Design graphics for social media, event announcements, and other collateral as needed by
state teams, L&LC, and CEN.
5. Track earned media for CEN and state teams.
6. Create and edit newsletters as directed.
7. Assist Senior Communications Manager and New Media Strategist in day-to-day functions.
8. Participate in internal and external conference calls and webinars to observe and better
understand the organization’s work.
9. Assist with special events and projects.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to write effectively. Ability to make
effective presentations to internal staff.
Ability to effectively solve complex problems in a variety of situations and by deadline. Ability to interpret
a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of the Microsoft Office
Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Familiarity of SEO, Constant Contact, MailChimp, and
other marketing tools and tactics preferred. Working knowledge of Adobe Suite—which includes Indesign
and Illustrator—Photoshop, Canva, and/or other similar design applications preferred.
Currently enrolled in or recently completed a bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) from four-year college or
university in communications, political science, digital media, or another relevant field.
● Prior internship experience working for, or interested in gaining experience working with, issue
advocacy nonprofits, public affairs firms, political campaigns, or government is a plus
● Experience working with energy issues (including coursework) a plus, but not required
Knowledge, Skills and Other Abilities:
● Excellent verbal communication skills
● Top notch writing and editing skills, and experience distilling complicated issues into
communications assets to advance organizational messaging and increase engagement among different
● Graphic design and video production skills for social media, web, Microsoft PowerPoint, and print
materials is preferred
● Understanding of audience segmentation and database management a plus
● Outstanding time management and organizational skills, with the ability to manage and meet
challenging deadlines and balance multiple programming priorities at once
● A collaborative nature and adept problem-solving skills
● An entrepreneurial spirit, interest in learning new skills, and eagerness to implement innovative
and impactful storytelling tools that advance the collective goals of CEN and its members and actively
move grassroots/grasstops supporters up the ladder of engagement
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands, and talk or
hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The
employee must occasionally lift and/or move 5-to-20-pound boxes for events, as needed.
● Fast-paced, dynamic work environment sometimes faced with high-pressure deadlines
● A supportive and collegial team that encourages creativity and initiative, and a mentorship
● Plenty of opportunities to grow and expand your skillset
● While CEN headquarters is based in Lansing, Michigan, members of the team work remotely from
various parts of the country. CEN welcomes applicants regardless of location and may accommodate
● Role may require ability to work some evenings and/or weekends for special events
● Role may include the opportunity to travel, including overnight travel, for conferences and events