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Public Relations & Social Media Intern

POSITION TITLE:                             Public Relations and Social Media Intern

 DEPARTMENT/DIVISION:               Administration

 REPORTS TO:                                    Community Outreach Coordinator

STATUS:                                             Intern: Unpaid/Educational


The purpose of the internship program is to offer qualified individuals practical work experiences in a challenging and progressive environment. The program offers interns the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge, new perspectives, and/or past work experiences to accomplish real goals and objectives in a growing social service agency.  This intern will assist the Community Outreach Coordinator in managing VAC’s Social Media outlets, community relations for VAC, and organizing special events as well as fundraising efforts. The purpose of these activities is to increase public awareness of the organization, increase interest and participation in VAC’s programs, and develop and nurture relationships with community members, schools, and organizations.


The position of Public Relations and Social Media Intern is assigned to the Administration Department.  This position is under the direct supervision of the Community Outreach Coordinator.  Work hours per week will vary, but primarily regular dayshift office hours with some evening and weekend work as needed. Occasional travel of distance may be required. The Public Relations and Social Media Intern works in an office environment with occasional field work.  This position routinely handles highly sensitive and/or confidential information and will represent VAC in a variety of capacities.


  • Writing, editing, and producing printed promotional materials for the agency including press releases, newsletters, event flyers, brochures, publication inserts, posters and other related materials under the guidance of the Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Assisting with the creation and distribution of an Agency newsletters
  • The successful execution of Agency communications via various publicity methods such as the Agency’s social media accounts, the Agency newsletter, community or area event publications and listings, radio station advertising, press releases, etc.
  • Coordinating certain events with other governmental agencies, private corporations, and/or independent contractors
  • Coordinating marketing campaigns for special events to promote the agency’s mission
  • Assist in archiving public relations materials (press clipping, press releases, etc.) for historical and record keeping purposes
  • Work with staff to determine if & when any events worthy of videotaping are occurring; attend these events to videotape and upload to website and social media accounts
  • Other duties as assigned


Knowledge of:

  • Computers and social media use, especially Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others
  • Modern office practices and procedures
  • Customer service practices and procedures


  • Excellent communication, both written and verbal
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent creativity in project management
  • Attention to detail – must be extremely detailed oriented

Ability to:

  • Work flexible hours
  • Handle highly sensitive confidential matters in a timely and professional manner
  • Prioritize and track multiple work assignments
  • Work well with the public and maintain a positive image for the agency
  • Must demonstrate good judgment; an ability to be approachable and professional; solid problem solving skills; an ability to handle multiple tasks; and an ability to be self-motivated and well organized


The working environment is a mixture of office and field work. While performing the office duties of this job, the employee works in a temperature controlled, non-smoking environment. Field work may require exposure to inclement weather conditions. The employee is required to make frequent trips off site by motor vehicle, at times for extended periods. The noise level varies but is generally moderate to loud. Some local, county, or state travel may be required, including overnight stays.


The duties of this position require frequent sitting, standing, bending, reaching, and occasionally driving a motor vehicle for extended periods of time. May require lifting or moving objects up to 30 lbs. Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, fax machines, calculators, the telephone and other office equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and vision.


General office equipment including personal computers, scanners, copiers, faxes, and software programs.


Education: A candidate for this internship must be enrolled in a higher education degree program with an accredited higher learning institution. Valid Illinois driver’s license required by date of hire.

 Experience: Previous work experience not required, but work in a comparable organization performing related responsibilities and tasks is a plus.  Candidates must be able to commit to an assigned and agreed upon schedule.


Interested applicants should reach out to Colleen Bredeson at or call (815)758-3932


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This entry was posted on October 27, 2017 by in Uncategorized.

Emily Cronauer

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