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Internship: KQED Arts Communications & Engagement Intern (July 2021-Dec 2021)

Deadline to apply for KQED Internships is May 31, 2021. If you are applying to multiple KQED internships, please state this along with the Internship titles in your cover letter.

The KQED Arts Communications & Engagement Intern is a fundamental role of the department’s engagement team, providing insight, research and action to any of our audience engagement activities including social media communications, community interaction, influencer distribution and events planning. 

The intern helps with the promotion and outreach on Rightnowish the podcast; If Cities Could Dance, a twice Webby-award winning digital video series; and general digital news from the Arts & Culture Desk and special projects from the Arts & Culture Desk. We encourage applicants to bring their unique passions to the table and work with us to find a trajectory toward growth unique to them. 

This is a paid internship, working 16 hours per week from July 19, 2021 through December 30, 2021.

Essential Functions:

  • Research, organize and interact with and pitch influencers, artists, organizations and media companies.
  • Produce weekly social media toolkits in collaboration with the Engagement Producer.
  • Co-produce and build the Arts & Culture newsletter on a bi-weekly basis. 
  • Organize and manage audience communications and collaborations with the KQED Arts & Culture Engagement Producer.
  • Assist in the production of KQED Arts & Culture virtual and in-person events. 
  • Attend weekly editorial and engagement team meetings. 

Other Job Functions:

  • Organize and manage inbound screening requests for KQED Arts documentary films. 
  • Produce original social media assets and copy for KQED Arts & Culture reporting.
  • Pitch engagement proposals and ideas to the KQED Arts & Culture engagement teams.
  • Assist the Engagement Producer with engagement duties 

Knowledge/Experience Required:

Even if you’re developing these skills, we encourage you to apply! Many of these requirements can be learned on the job:

  • Strong written and/or oral communication skills. 
  • An independent thinker who works well in a team environment.
  • Agility in using digital tools like Google Drive (Google sheets, Google docs, Google slides) as well as e-marketing tools.
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and goals while working under pressure.

Knowledge/Experience Desired:

  • Strong desire for excellence in written communications and developing a brand voice. 
  • Passionate about supporting communities in telling their own stories from their own experiences. 
  • Strong interest in public media, social media, communications, digital media, marketing and design.
  • Strong interest in innovation on social media platforms, including new and emerging media such as TikTok and YouTube. 
  • Interest in image editing and visual communication skills are a plus. 

Growth & Development Opportunities: 

  • Past KQED Arts & Culture interns have had their written, audio and visual work published on KQED. The communications and engagement intern is a core member of the engagement team, offering ideas and creativity to a small, but nimble crew. 
  • Bring your unique passions to the table and we will find the path that fits for you and your growth.  

The mission that drives us:

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more. Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.   We provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public services.



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