Pacific Institute Accepting Applications for Communications Internship

The Pacific Institute in Oakland, Calif. is seeking a part-time, unpaid Communications Intern. The Pacific Institute is an independent nonprofit founded in 1987 that works to create a healthier planet and sustainable communities. We conduct interdisciplinary research and partner with stakeholders to produce solutions that advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity. We carry out research, publish reports, recommend solutions, and work with decision makers, advocacy groups, and the public to change policy.

The Communications Intern provides support to the Communications department, working to enhance the Institute’s effectiveness by promoting our work to the media, policymakers, academic and scientific communities, local communities, and the general public.


This internship requires an individual who can wear a number of hats in assisting in outreach and communications for the Institute. Responsibilities, a number of which are shared with the Communications Manager, include, but are not limited to:

-Compile the Institute’s monthly online newsletter and input final draft into our emailing marketing service.

Assist in monitoring and maintaining lists, such as logging media stories and producing web hits reports.

-Mine the news for stories to post on the Institute social media pages.

-Assist in the development and organization of the Communication Department’s database of contacts, press hits, and collateral materials.

-Archive and manage the storage, use, and distribution of Institute images; acquire photos for blogs and reports.

-Assist in production of reports and materials.

-Maintain Institute style and reference guides and other materials.

Required Qualifications:

– Solid skill (or good working ability and willing/able to acquire more skill quickly) in WordPress and Photoshop for website management.

– Ability to lay out basic publications in Word, importing Excel charts and tables, photos, etc.

– Previous internship experience.

– Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

– Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work closely and constructively with others.

– Ability to manage time effectively, juggle multiple tasks, and set and meet deadlines.

– Flexibility, curiosity, a sense of humor, and self-motivation.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

– Familiarity with working with the press, policymakers, communities, and nonprofit organizations.

– Demonstrated interest in and a commitment to environmental sustainability.

– Experience with website and email campaign design and management.

– New media and/or IT experience.

– Experience with web development and graphic design software.

Details: This is a part-time, 15-20 hours-per-week unpaid internship

Application Process: Please submit a cover letter, resume, one writing sample to:

No applications accepted after April 18, 2014.

No calls please.

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