Communications and Fundraising Intern

Communications and Fundraising Intern
Organization The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
Location New York, New York
Job Type Part Time
Application Deadline Feb 28, 2024

Communications and Fundraising Intern
Status: Paid, part-time, non-exempt, 14-21 hours/week in Summer 2024
Reports to: Director of Public Affairs & Associate Director of Fundraising

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation seeks a part-time Communications and Fundraising Intern. The non-profit Foundation, one of the most successful public-private partnerships in the country, is excited to welcome its third class of summer interns. This is a chance to work with a highly successful Advancement Team to support an active fundraising initiative and enhance external communications, primarily through social media content, as part of a broader effort to increase brand awareness.

Core responsibilities:
Content Development & Social Media Coordination
•Participate in weekly team strategy sessions to review and improve social media engagement results and identify content needs
•Propose and help create content for social media, blog posts, and cultivation emails (e.g., text, images, videos)
•Prepare and manage monthly social media editorial content calendars (Hootsuite)
•Track and analyze social media analytics, providing recommendations to help enhance audience engagement
•Post content to each active platform, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn
•Coordinate with Public Affairs and Family History Center teams to integrate messaging across all external communications platforms (i.e., social media content, blog post topics, History Center exhibits)
•Maintain consistent language and presence across media platforms
•Organize and manage the Foundation’s photo and video libraries

Grant Prospecting
•Research grant opportunities that are a strong fit for upcoming campaign
•Explore relevant giving trends and present to the team
•Analyze funding streams at similar institutions

•Assist the team’s Fundraising Operations Associate with day-to-day tasks such as monitoring donor queries, reviewing campaign mail, generating acknowledgment letters
•Attend and contribute to recurring meetings both with the Communications and Fundraising Team, and more broadly

•In-depth knowledge of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn
•Bachelor’s degree (or currently pursuing) or equivalent experience in marketing, media, communications, or a related field
•Passionate about the Foundation’s mission and the areas of immigration, genealogy, historic preservation, and parks

•Excellent verbal and written communication skills
•Detail oriented and organized
•Excellent time management skills and self-initiative, comfortable working both collaboratively and independently

•Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office
•Experience managing social media platforms and management tools (Ex: Hootsuite)
•Experience with design (Ex: Canva, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.) preferred
•Experience utilizing social media analytics preferred

•This internship pays $16.00-$16.00/hour for 14-21 hours/week for 10-14 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day, 2024.
•The work hours will generally be weekdays between 9am and 5pm, but flexibility is required to accommodate weekend and off-hours events.
•This position will mostly work in the Foundation’s offices in Manhattan (17 Battery Place) but will also include time spent on Ellis Island (ferry transportation provided free of charge). 1-2 days/week of remote work may be possible.
•The Intern must be compliant with the Foundation’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy as of their first day of work. This policy requires employees to have received the COVID-19 vaccination (including boosters, when recommended) unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.
•Interns will take part in select offerings coordinated by staff, including tours of Liberty and Ellis Islands. Interns will join monthly All Staff meetings, presenting their accomplishments at the end of the program.

Application Process:
•Please email a one-page cover letter and resume to: [email protected] with the job title in the subject line. Each file name should begin with the applicant’s last name.
•No phone calls, please.

About The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation (
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation is a non-profit that collaborates with the National Park Service in one of America’s most successful public-private partnerships. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan asked Lee Iacocca to raise private funds for the historic restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The Foundation has since created the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, constructed the Statue of Liberty Museum, maintained museum exhibits, and funded hundreds more projects on the islands. The organization also developed the free 65-million-record Ellis Island Passenger Database. This resource is available free online and in person at the American Family Immigration History Center at Ellis Island, which is managed by the Foundation. Follow the Foundation @StatueEllisFdn

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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