Communications Intern

Title:                     Communications Intern


Specific Focus:   Communications

Reports to:          Director, Communications

Location:             Philadelphia

Travel:                  0-10%

FSLA Status:      Non-Exempt

Effective Date:    August 2017


The William Penn Foundation is a leading American philanthropy located in Philadelphia. With over $2 billion in assets and a $100+ million annual grant budget, the Foundation is a vital part of the civic life in one of the country’s most important and historically significant regions.  The Foundation has charted a vision consistent with its enduring focus on education, the environment and the cultural vitality of Greater Philadelphia.

The Foundation’s core strategies include:

  • Increasing the number of low-income children receiving a high-quality education
  • Ensuring clean water by protecting the Delaware River watershed
  • Fostering a vibrant city through support to arts and culture organizations, arts education programs, and creating great public spaces

The Foundation believes that successful execution of these strategies is critical to the success of the region and seeks candidates who will operate with a sense of urgency, leadership and entrepreneurship in advancing this work.


Position Summary

The Foundation is looking for a motivated and hands-on intern to join its communications team. The communications intern will report to the Director of Communications, and will support all three of the Foundation’s grantmaking teams (Great Learning, Creative Communities and Watershed Protection). Activities may include, but are not limited to, website content updates, social media content creation, media list building, writing pitches and blog posts, managing photo archives and assisting with offsite events and convenings. The communications intern will participate in program team meetings as needed.


  • Draft press releases, media advisories and other general press materials
  • Draft media pitches
  • Update media lists
  • Monitor for WPF mentions in the press and maintain media coverage matrix
  • Conduct interview preparation work including reporter background and search of relevant articles
  • Assist with producing Twitter content and participate as a member of the Foundation’s social media team
  • Assist the communications team with building a blog content calendar, and research/write posts
  • Maintain website as needed, including writing copy and managing content updates
  • Create and update a collection of important grant data, metrics, and results for each program area that can be easily referenced for remarks, interviews, etc.
  • Assist with strategic planning of WPF events and convenings including executing on logistics
  • Help organize and maintain WPF’s photo library
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Expected Competencies

  • Excellent verbal, written and organizational skills
  • Ability to write and think creatively
  • Excellent organization, prioritization, judgment, and time management skills
  • Ability to multi-task well and under pressure; excellent attention to detail
  • Maintain effective working relationships with supervisors and staff
  • Must be goal-oriented with a strong work ethic and ownership of work
  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic individual who exhibits professionalism


Education, Training and Experience

  • Junior or senior obtaining a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree student in public relations, communications or related industry
  • Prior internship experience strongly preferred
  • Writing experience for a variety of platforms
  • Digital experience including website management and social media
  • Experience with media databases including Cision, Vocus, Meltwater, etc. a plus


Physical Demands/Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, bend, sit, talk, lift, or hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk and use hands and arms to operate general office equipment (PC, telephone, file cabinets, copier, fax machine and printer). The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to ten (10) pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.


The William Penn Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and considers applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, marital status or sexual orientation. All who believe they meet the stated qualifications are invited to apply. Nominations and applications may be submitted to