Program & Communications Intern

Reports to: Bette Jane Camp, Program & Communications Coordinator
To apply: Please email cover letter, resume and writing sample to BetteJane@nwpf.org

Position Summary:

The Program & Communications Intern will work primarily with the Program & Communications Coordinator and program staff to develop communications that benefit and reflect the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation community. This may include working with persons who have Parkinson’s, their caregivers/carepartners, family members, and community partners.

The intern will assist in developing a public relations/communications strategy for our programs, events & services, including: educational HOPE Conferences®, local Walks for Parkinson’s, Art & Movement Symposiums, fundraising campaigns, individualized care consultations, and more. NW Parkinson’s mission, vision, and guiding principles inform the how, what, why, and where of our content. Learn more about us here.

Learning Objectives:

The internship may include the following objectives, based on the student’s interests.

  • Develop online and social media content, increasing our geographically tailored communications.
  • Develop publications such as press releases, email blasts, newsletters and blurbs.
  • Create a bank of photos, quotes, and stories.
  • Widen and strengthen our online audience, from website engagement to social media following & connection.
  • Work in databases/applications such as Constant Contact, Canva, social media, and basic website design.
  • Complete special projects and other duties as related to program communications.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications.

  • Enrolled in or graduated from a four year or Master’s degree in a field related to public administration, nonprofit leadership, communications, or English.
  • Excellent computer skills in MS Office and online applications.
  • Experience with or knowledge of social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare, etc. is preferred.
  • Experience in a team-oriented workplace.
  • Innovative and strategic thinking skills.
  • Ability to work independently while demonstrating teamwork.
  • Desire to work in a nonprofit environment.
  • Excellent writing, public speaking, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to initiate, manage and complete multiple tasks on time.
  • Desire to work with a diverse population including clients, families, volunteers and community partners.
  • Genuine interest and passion for the mission of Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation.

This is an unpaid internship. Arrangements can be made for intern to receive academic credit through their institution. Students will need to make these arrangements through their programs.

Hours & Travel:

Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation is open to working with students who have various needs for hours. Work is normally performed in an open office environment with some potential local travel. May require occasional weekend or evening work.

This position description is a guideline. It is not intended to identify every task that an intern will be asked to complete. It is intended as a general outline of the essential work responsibilities and qualifications of the position. Located at 7525 SE 24th St., Ste. 300, Mercer Island, WA 98040.