Communications and Social Media Internship

Marketing, Social Media, PR
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Do you love to write and pride yourself as being creative and good with words? Do you love to use social media? Do you enjoy working with different types of people? Do you thrive in a fast paced, team-oriented atmosphere? Then this is the position for you. 

The Communications and Social Media Intern will demonstrate their excellent written and verbal communication skills by writing news stories that highlight exciting things happening at the Research Park, crafting tweets and other social media posts that are enticing, yet specific, and working with graphic designers to create materials to promote events. They will collaborate and coordinate with Research Park leadership and the EnterpriseWorks intern team. 

Who we are 

Research Park is a technology hub for corporate research and development operations. EnterpriseWorks is an award-winning incubator at the Research Park that focuses on science and research-based startup companies commercializing technology from the University of Illinois. We have a multifaceted team of professionals and interns dedicated to helping our startups and corporations thrive in the Research Park. 



  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to tell a great story in multiple formats and lengths (e.g. photos, video clips, and words) 
  • Understanding of internet and social media marketing best practices  
  • Experience in multiple social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn 
  • Excellent proofreading and editing skills 
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Good project management and time management skills 
  • Ability to work in presentation software such as PowerPoint and Prezi 
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environments and balance multiple projects 
  • Ability to work on short deadlines  
  • Candidate must be available to work full-time (40hrs/wk) over the summer (May-August 2018)

Nice to have 

  • Experience with Webtools 
  • Ability to edit web content through Wordpress and Drupal  
  • Practical writing experience outside of the classroom 


  • Write news stories highlighting the tenants and events at the Research Park and EnterpriseWorks 
  • Coordinate with other communications and social media interns to ensure timely marketing and promotions of jobs, events, and news through appropriate channels 
  • Propose new and innovative ways to increase Research Park’s brand awareness in the community and campus 
  • Manage ongoing communications projects such as weekly announcements and monthly student newsletters 
  • Ensure that information on the Research Park website, calendars, and all social media platforms is up to date and correct 
  • Ensure all projects are delivered on-time and within scope 
  • Maintain clear communications with management on project status 

Compensation: Hourly wage will be $12.00/hour and will be paid by the University of Illinois. 


Timing: The internship will begin immediately during the Spring 2018 semester on a part-time basis (~10-15hrs/wk) and transition into full-time hours (40hrs/wk) over the summer (May-August 2018). Pending a successful performance reviews, the internship will continue through the Fall 2018 semester and beyond. 


Reporting: Position reports to the Associate Director of Research Park. 


To apply, please submit: 1) resume, 2) cover letter, and 3) a writing sample (e.g. new story) here: 


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