This is a great and fun opportunity for a college student or recent college grad seeking a career in nonprofit communications and looking to gain knowledge of philanthropy and efforts that address health and racial equity in our service region.
Reporting to the Communications Officer, the Communications Intern will support communication and marketing efforts for the Foundation, focusing specifically on digital communications. The Communications Intern will help develop creative social media strategies, brainstorm new communications opportunities and help execute innovative storytelling projects.
Maintain social media content calendar and monitor/execute all social media activities for the Foundation with the goal of increasing reach and engagement on our social platforms.
Contribute to brainstorming and content development, such as blog articles, infographics and other ways to increase awareness of the Foundation’s work, service region data and community partnerships.
Assist in the campaign development of the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary and help increase awareness of “The HUB” among our grantee partners, community partners, and the general public.
Other duties as assigned.
EXPERIENCE, REQUIREMENTS, AND QUALIFICATIONS
Junior or senior college students, or recent graduates working towards/with a degree in marketing, communications, journalism, public relations or related field.
Interest in digital communications, health equity, racial equity, and community-centered philanthropy is preferred.
Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills; flexible in a team-oriented structure.
Ability to effectively communicate (verbal and especially written) and work well with a diverse group of people.
Creative problem-solver with an eye for aesthetic quality.
Able to be focused, set priorities and work in a self-directed fashion.
Willing and able to think outside the box and contribute new ideas.
Must have sound judgment, integrity and a sense of humor.
Knowledge of social media platforms with examples of past and successful uses (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram).
Experience with digital tools, such as Adobe Illustrator, photo/video editing software, graphic design, HootSuite preferred, but not required.
Proficiency in PowerPoint, Word, Excel.
The Communications Intern must be a flexible and collaborative team player requiring minimal supervision. A strong commitment to the Foundation’s mission and those it serves is essential. The ability to maintain the highest level of trust and confidentiality with regards to the Foundation, Board, grantmaking and those we serve are necessary to the role.
About Healthy Communities Foundation
The Healthy Communities Foundation (HCF) is the legacy health conversion foundation that originated from the sale of MacNeal Hospital to a private company in 1999. In 2016, HCF was renamed and re-envisioned into a community informed grant-making foundation that seeks to measurably improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities in our geographic footprint that covers 27 zip-codes in Chicago and western Cook County suburbs.
The Foundation awards more than $5 million annually to nonprofit organizations. Our strategic vision is to use health equity as an overarching principle and lens to save lives and improve the quality of life. Further, we believe that all residents particularly those who live with the greatest disparities, should have access to resources and opportunities that improve their well-being and quality of life. The Foundation’s grantmaking framework is composed of four strategies that include: access to quality health care; addressing the social determinants of health; advocating for policies and systems change that impact health; and augmenting knowledge through capacity-building, learning, and other health-related initiatives.