Communications Intern: Job Description

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is the largest funder of the arts and humanities in the US.  We believe that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and we believe that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom to be found there.  Through our grants, we seek to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive.


Reporting to the Chief Communications Officer, 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 with the team to develop and execute digital campaigns and other ongoing projects 
  • Identify new potential audiences and points of contact for events and ongoing campaigns 
  • Support digital media strategizing, copywriting, analysis, and list development 
  • Compile data and conduct research concerning arts and humanities 
  • Assist with sourcing, drafting and editing content, including blogs, newsletters, research memos, talking points, and email 
  • Review press releases and other material  
  • Maintain an organized system of tracking, monitoring and prioritizing tasks and projects using 
  • Handle confidential and non-routine information with sensitivity 
  • Perform other duties as assigned 

Required Skills and Experience

  • Strong interest in learning about communications and marketing in a nonprofit setting 
  • Some nonprofit experience preferred, 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 with 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 2021 or working towards a master's degree  
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 
  • Ability to be highly productive working independently and as a member of a team 
  • Familiarity with Mailchimp, Sprout Social, and/or Google Analytics a plus 
  • 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.