Marwen Communications Intern


Marwen Communications Intern

Status: 21 hours/week (June - November 2018; 6-month duration)

Reports to: Senior Manager of Communications


Who we are:

Marwen educates and inspires young people from under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts. Marwen provides out-of-school visual art, college planning, and career development programs year-round to students from nearly every neighborhood in Chicago. The 8-studio facility is located in River North at 833 North Orleans. Practicing artists design and lead courses in a wide-range of disciplines, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, animation, fashion design, and mixed media). Marwen is a highly collaborative organization in which all initiatives reflect the creativity of the organization. For more information, visit Marwen is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.


About the role:

The Communications Intern supports the work of the Senior Manager of Communications, who oversees strategic communications for Marwen’s audiences (students/families, alumni, teaching artists, community supporters, current and prospective funders, and board members). The Communications Intern will support all areas of Communications, including media relations, social media outreach, advertising and email marketing campaigns, and reporting. This position requires conceptualizing, writing, planning, and implementing key promotional messages and materials, including press releases, eblasts, social posts, and more. This role -- which has a balance of data entry, administrative tasks, and creative work – affords an opportunity to develop ownership of projects over the course of the internship. This paid position would work three 7-hour days per week (21 hours) for approximately 6 months.



  • Storytelling: document, organize, write, and edit student and organizational content to showcase how Marwen makes an impact in Chicago

  • Writing: draft press releases, social media posts, and communications plans that promote Marwen’s story and give voice to our students

  • Project management: conceptualize and plan social media campaigns for educational programs, events, and branding efforts; maintain press contact list and weekly analytics dashboard; and manage special projects as determined by the Sr Manager of Communications

  • Design: create assets to be used in social media posts and campaigns

  • Research: seek new media outlets for PR efforts, build community partner contacts; one-off projects as requested

  • Outreach: pitch journalists stories, connect with community partners on Marwen promotions; represent Marwen with staff at outside events (i.e. school resource fairs or community events)

  • Event support: assist with set up, photography, video, and misc assignments as needed at Marwen events, including Paintbrush Ball (annual gala), exhibition opening receptions, new student orientations, and more.

  • Meeting support: attend and occasionally present at staff, student board, trustee, and other organizational meetings (during work hours)

  • As needed, perform additional administrative tasks as necessary to support the effective operation of the Communications office

Skills & Qualifications: 


  • Must be culturally competent and possess the ability to navigate spectrums of Chicago communities, including African American and Latino.

  • Must demonstrate sincerity and respect in all interactions with youth and adults.

  • College graduate preferred, but not required

  • Strong interest in pursuing a career in nonprofit arts and cultural communications and/or marketing

  • Previous internship experience in an arts organization, non-profit, or communications-specific role is preferred, but not required

  • Graphic design experience with Adobe Creative Suite is preferred

  • Superb organizational and/or project management skills

  • Strong written, verbal, and problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated interest in the visual arts, arts education, and/or creative youth development

  • Proficiency in Spanish, especially writing, preferred but not required

  • Knowledge of cultural and/or creative social platforms, publications, radio, and other media resources preferred, but not required

  • Familiarity with Mac operating systems, Google systems

  • Ability to manage several projects at once; deadline oriented; comfort in working independently and in collaboration with various teams

To Apply: 

Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2018. Interested candidates can send a resume and cover letter to Kennon Reinard, Senior Manager of Communications, at

Contact Information
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Kennon Reinard
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