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The Minnesota Budget Project is hiring a part-time (15 hours/week) communications intern to assist with our work to promote tax, budget, and economic policies that expand opportunity to all, especially Minnesotans with low incomes and communities of color. This internship provides a chance to gain experience working on website, digital, and public engagement strategies in a nonprofit research and advocacy environment. Some issue areas candidates can expect to work on include affordable health care and our work to pursue progressive revenue-raising policies through the Together We Rise Minnesota campaign.

The Minnesota Budget Project has a track record of successfully combining sound research and analysis with advocacy, engagement, and communications strategies to enact policy change, particularly in the areas of budget, tax, and economic policy. The Minnesota Budget Project is an initiative of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN). Driven by its vision of a healthy, cooperative, and just society, MCN is dedicated to enhancing and improving cultural humility, intentionally creating inclusive and accessible spaces, and working to end disparities in power, money, access, and resources within the nonprofit sector and in government decision-making at the local, state, and federal levels.

The Minnesota Budget Project is the Minnesota partner in the national State Priorities Partnership (SPP), a network of more than 40 nonprofit research and advocacy organizations that fight for a just and equitable America.

Job Type: Part time

Salary: $16 an hour
Deadline: November 29

Functions and Tasks:
  • Assist communications director and other team members in implementing communications strategies, with a focus on web and digital platforms;
  • Assist engagement manager on social media campaigns, including designing social media memes and infographics, monitoring engagement, and recording analytics;
  • Assist with maintaining and updating website content;
  • Assist in growing and managing our extensive media contacts, including monitoring and recording press coverage of relevant issues in media outlets across the state;
  • Assist with maintaining an inclusive and welcoming environment for all individuals in regards to diversity, which may include geography, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, immigration status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity/gender expression, sex, age, ability and religion;
  • Perform other job duties as assigned.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • Experience or education in strategic communications, especially social media, journalism, public relations, or similar fields;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including knowledge of AP style;
  • Excellent attention to details;
  • Experience or education in CMS programs (website content creation);
  • Experience using social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook;
  • Experience using social media analytics and user applications, such as HootSuite and SproutSocial;
  • Experience with office software, including Microsoft Word, Excel spreadsheets, and Outlook;
  • Experience using Canva or other applications to create social media graphics;
  • Ability to cultivate relationships and work effectively with internal and external colleagues and partners;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities within sometimes tight deadlines.
Preferred Education, Experiences, and Skills:
  • One year experience or equivalent in contributing to social media account(s) for an organization;

  • One year experience or equivalent in editing and posting content in organizational web pages;

  • Experience working in an advocacy, community engagement, or public policy environment.

Additional Information:

Reports to: Minnesota Budget Project Communications Director

Classification: Intern, part-time (approximately 15 hours per week), temporary, non-exempt

Compensation: $16 per hour. This position is not benefit-eligible, but does provide paid sick/safe leave and also provides the opportunity to make an individual contribution to MCN’s retirement plan.

Hours/Schedule: This is a 15-hour per week position beginning January 10, 2022 and ending approximately May 27, 2022. The intern will be expected to keep a regular work schedule, but some flexibility will be accommodated as necessary.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter (i.e., letter of application) and resume to MCN using the online form located at:

Other: The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is recognized as an Employer of National Service with the Corporation for National and Community Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

We are committed to recruiting and engaging individuals without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, familial status, ability, veteran status, membership or non-membership in a labor organization, sexual orientation, size, status with regard to public assistance, or genetic information. We are committed to the principle of equity and are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of individuals. MCN is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.

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