Communications Intern: Job Description

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ("Foundation") is a not-for-profit, grant making organization that seeks to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies.  It makes grants in four core program areas (higher education and scholarship in the humanities; arts and cultural heritage; scholarly communications; and international higher education and strategic projects).  The Foundation seeks a Communications Intern. 


Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Communications Intern will participate in a full-time, 10-week program supporting the communications department.  The intern will provide a wide range of administrative, organizational, and research support.

Position Description

Responsibilities may include, but will not be limited to the following:

  • Work independently and within a team on special, nonrecurring and ongoing projects
  • Compile data and conduct research concerning arts and humanities
  • Assist with research and compiling of reports
  • Assist with drafting and editing materials, including blogs, reports, and business correspondence, which may include letters, memos, speeches, and email
  • Review press releases and other material 
  • Identify new potential audiences and points of contact for events and ongoing campaigns
  • Support digital media strategizing, copywriting, analysis, and list development
  • Maintain an organized system of tracking, monitoring and prioritizing tasks and projects
  • Answer and/or field telephone calls and communications, and respond as appropriate
  • Handle confidential and non-routine information with sensitivity
  • Perform other duties as assigned 

Required Skills and Experience

  • Some nonprofit experience with demonstrated ability to anticipate next steps, take initiative, exercise discretion, and apply sound judgment
  • Must be flexible, highly organized and have a proven ability to juggle multiple and competing tasks and demands and impeccable follow-up and attention to detail
  • High level of interpersonal skills and discretion to handle sensitive and confidential situations
  • Pay close attention to detail in composing, typing, and proofing materials
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Completion of junior or senior year by May 2020 or working towards a master's degree 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience using MailChimp
  • Ability to be highly productive working independently and as a member of a team
  • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator graphic design skills a plus 

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, and excellent working conditions.

Contact Information

Candidates should apply by submitting a thoughtful cover letter describing fit for the position together with a resume at:  Communications Intern.  We will consider each response carefully, but only contact those individuals we feel are most qualified for the position.