The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is seeking a creative and motivated individual to intern in its Policy Department. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience while working at an active, upbeat non-profit.
The Policy Social Media Intern will learn about and support five AFC Policy projects with a focus on social media strategy, user engagement and data analytics. These projects include: HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (a diverse, national human rights network at the intersection of HIV/AIDS and economic, racial and social justice), the Chicago Female Condom Campaign (a group of advocates who work to increase the use, access and awareness of female condoms in Chicago), the National Female Condom Coalition (a group of prevention advocates that work for the wider access of and innovation on internal condoms at the national level), Pride Action Tank (a results-driven group that addresses challenges facing individuals and groups within LGBTQIA communities through a collaborative process of inquiry, advocacy, and action) and SpeakUP (an information hub to identify and resolve health equity issues that have arisen from the Affordable Care Act).
This person will work closely with the Digital Policy Manager with support from Policy Project Managers.
This internship is designed to be both educational and practical. In this internship, the intern will learn how to take skills acquired in the educational setting and apply them in a professional setting. They will gain a better understanding of the role played by nonprofit organizations with public health advocacy, social justice advocacy, and issues around new prevention technologies, and be better prepared to work in the field of HIV/AIDS, public health, or policy.
The Policy Social Media Intern will learn:
Best practices for monitoring and posting on social networks
Workflow for social media communications
Effective social media cultivation and mobilization skills
Effective strategies to increase traffic, brand awareness, and engagement
How to write targeted content for AFC’s Policy online presence
Steps to engage in effective internet advocacy
Marketing and communications strategy for policy-related projects
Tracking and analysis of social media networks
Effective communication of analytics
Current or recent enrollment in a graduate or undergraduate degree program with an interest and aptitude to work in nonprofit communications
Documented familiarity with and passion for new media technologies
Exceptional writing ability
Self-motivated and self-starter
Ability to work in a group setting
Ability to prioritize tasks and handle numerous assignments simultaneously
Proficient in Microsoft Office and internet applications
Extremely proficient in social networking and online communications with documented Facebook and Twitter experience
Documented volunteer experience or familiarity with nonprofit organizations desired
Able to commit a minimum three (3) months for this internship
This internship is unpaid (stipend available). Details will be provided during the interview process. AFC can also help interns obtain college credit, if available from your school. Interns will receive necessary training and staff supervision. Internships require at least 15 hours/week for a minimum of 3 months, though longer internships are preferred. Social Media, Strategic Communication, and Mass Communication majors are encouraged to apply.
All candidates must submit a cover letter and resume, and completed application form, which can be found at: www.aidschicago.org/internapplication
Please submit all application materials by September 30, 2017 to:
AFC mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases.
People living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare.
To realize our mission to mobilize communities to create equity and justice for people living wi...th and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases, we will:
Improve health equity.
We will increase access to high-quality, comprehensive prevention, care and housing services free from stigma.
Prevent new cases of HIV.
We will reduce new HIV infections through innovative approaches to prevention, care, housing and education with a focus on most-impacted populations.
Serve as a collaboration and knowledge center.
We will be a thought leader and resource center to create and share best practices, innovations and models.
Be a bold voice for change.
We will be a leading voice to mobilize advocates and people living with HIV and related chronic diseases to transform systems, policies, and resources.
Commitment to Priority Populations
Anyone can become infected with HIV, but HIV and related chronic diseases disproportionately impact certain populations in distinct geographic areas. We can have the greatest impact on the HIV epidemic by focusing our efforts on those most-impacted by HIV, based on epidemiological data and unmet need:
• Young Black gay and bisexual men
• Transgender women of color
• Black women living in high-incidence areas
• Latino gay and bisexual men
Factors that drive the HIV epidemic and health inequities that we will address include:
• Sex work
• Drug use
• Lack of access to health care
• Immigration status
AFC will also work to meet the evolving needs of older adults with HIV and long-term survivors.
Commitment to Organizational Excellence
To strengthen AFC as an organization, we will move to a talent management framework, develop staff and Board leadership, implement long-range business planning with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and ident