Interning at the Park in the Sky!
Friends of the High Line’s Internship Program is committed to finding New Yorkers with big dreams and cultivating them into future industry leaders. Through our immersive, intensive, and inclusive 14-week program, we offer interns the opportunity to apply their current industry skill-set in a real-world setting while mapping out their future through comprehensive workforce development services including: professional development, work readiness, network building, and career planning. But, wait! It doesn’t stop there. We continue to offer career support for 12 months following the program based around educational advancement, job search, and job placement within your respective industry. Interns will be a part of a robust community of emerging professionals who each contribute uniquely to Friends of the High Line. It is our goal to serve as an incubator for our next generation of leaders by leveraging our resources and influence as one of the top cultural destinations in the country.
What will you be doing?
Our Communications team has the essential task of managing the public image and brand of the High Line, as well as communicating programming and relevant organizational information to High Line audiences. As the Communications Intern, you will be responsible for assisting in the development of relevant content that supports the High Line’s mission and current projects. You may also have the opportunity to support the Communications Design Manager with graphic design projects. You will provide administrative and special project support to multiple members of the team, gaining an understanding of how a Communications team works at a non-profit organization.
You will also attend professional development workshops and networking events, have an opportunity to take paid certification courses and to join professional associations, create your own long-term projects, and develop your employment portfolio. Special workforce development tasks and projects will arise as needed for your individual needs and growth.
You will be supported by the Learning and Development Manager and the Communications Coordinator.
- Assist with daily administrative tasks in the Communications department
- Assist in finding and creating engaging content for the High Line’s social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat
- Conduct press research projects
- Support coordination of responses to the public on social media channels and the High Line’s general inquiries email
- Draft and create blog posts
- Update and maintain photo and press archives
- Assist with coverage at programming events, some that take place outside of office hours
- Assist with simple graphic design projects for use on FHL’s website, social media, print, and various other channels under direction of the Communications Design Manager
Who are you?
- An up-and-comer in the communications field, looking to get your first real-world experience
- A champion and advocate of the High Line’s mission, as well as the people who visit
- Someone with a growth mindset and an openness to coaching and critical feedback
- A passionate and creative individual with an interest in live events
- A High school / HSE graduate
- Able to work at least 25 hours per week (up to full-time)
- Able to commit for the entire 14 weeks: September 10 – December 14, 2018
- Priority given to residents of the High Line neighborhood (Chelsea/Hell’s Kitchen) and alumni of High Line Green Council, Teen Arts & Culture Council, Teen Event Staff, or the Participatory Budgeting Council
What are you good at?
- Strong written and spoken communication skills and the ability to frame and draft clear emails
- Basic level of computer and Internet literacy, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Suite as well as an aptitude for learning new computer applications
- Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
- Experience using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat in a personal or professional capacity
- A team player that is flexible, resourceful, and detail-oriented
- A sense of humor is always nice!
All interns under FHL's internship program are offered a $14 hourly wage for the entire length of the program. During the course of the program, FHL invests in professional development opportunities for all interns (including: courses, certifications, etc.) creating a robust intern compensation package.
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