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Communications Intern – Paid
Posted:  December 3, 2020
Application Due:  January 8, 2021
Location:  Austin, TX

Title: Communications Intern
Organization: Equality Texas Foundation/Equality Texas
Reports to: Digital Communications Manager
Location: Austin, TX
Hours and Compensation: Hours are based on selected candidate’s availability. Ideally, applicants should be able to commit to at least 10 hours a week from January – June 2021 and hold a predetermined schedule to be agreed upon during onboarding. Interns will be paid $15/hr.  

THE POSITION

Equality Texas is seeking a Communications Intern to work with the Communications and Development Team, reporting directly to the Digital Communications Manager and working collaboratively with other colleagues across the organization, the Communications Intern will support the overall digital communications program including social media, email, web content, biweekly webinars, video editing and basic graphic design.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Creating graphics for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Editing webinar videos, footage from press conferences and testimony
  • Recording content to update general public on what is happening at the capitol
  • Researching and drafting talking points
  • Virtual event planning, promotion, and hosting
  • Helping to manage info@ emails and route media inquiries to appropriate person
  • Curating and copy editing articles, emails, blogs and open letters
  • Blog, social media, and web content creation
  • Updating project management software to ensure all digital activities are reflected online

CANDIDATE SKILL PROFILE/REQUIREMENTS

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Demonstrated commitment to achieving full legal and lived equality for LGBTQ+ people in Texas
  • A strategic thinker with a focus on improving systems, coordinating efforts, using data to drive decision making, and an unwavering commitment to reaching goals
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Video editing skills
  • Pursuing degree or higher with a focus in journalism, communications, public relations, public policy, marketing, or related field
  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • Experience working with social media including Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook
  • Innovative, imaginative, and able to turn ideas into reality
  • Familiarity with Adobe Create Suite or similar software used to create print and digital images
  • Positive attitude and eagerness to learn about communications

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve skills to develop mission-related social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn) collateral such as video editing, images and  photography
  • Learn to develop strategies to create digital marketing and media plans
  • Strengthen knowledge in nonprofit communications
  • Learn copy editing skills
  • Learn to how support various departments with photo and video filming, editing

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please email your resume and cover letter detailing how your experience prepares you to assume the responsibilities and expectations of the Communications Intern role at Equality Texas to info@equalitytexas.org with subject line: EQTX Communications Intern.

No applicant will be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

Equality Texas envisions a Texas where all LGBTQ+ people and their families have full equality in the hearts and minds of their fellow Texans and in all areas of the law. Headquartered in Austin, Equality Texas is dedicated to securing full legal and lived equality for LGBTQ+ Texans through political action, education, community organizing, and collaboration. With tens of thousands of members across the state, Equality Texas is the state’s leading state-wide organizing and advocacy organization for LGBTQ+ Texans.

Today’s Equality Texas is comprised of two connected nonprofit corporations:

  • Equality Texas Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides educational programming on LGBTQ+ issues and conducts campaigns to build public support for equal rights, and
  • Equality Texas, a 501(c)4 organization that conducts direct lobbying and advocacy efforts to advance pro-LGBTQ+ legislation and candidates and to defeat anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

Each organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors; these Boards have 33 members in total who represent a cross-section of LGBTQ community, business, and philanthropic leaders and allies. Equality Texas had combined (c)3 and (c)4 revenue of roughly $1.2 million in 2019.