Communications Intern

United Way Communications Intern

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, 12-18 hours per week

The position is Federal Work-Study

The Communications Intern reports to the United Way Community Engagement Director. The primary role of this position is to create clear, compelling content for United Way print and digital communications supporting both our fundraising efforts and community impact projects. This internship begins in August of 2023 and lasts through the academic year.


  • Develop engaging content for United Way communications that will increase brand awareness, share successful outcomes, and increase donor and volunteer involvement.
  • Collaborate with staff to research, create, or update strategic content for website, e-news, videos, social media, press releases, and print materials.
  • Conduct interviews and write United Way success stories while fully respecting client and/or donor dignity.
  • Ensure communications maintain a consistent voice.
  • Develop creative ways to adapt content to varied media and outreach opportunities.
  • Support the Community Engagement, Resource Development, and Community Initiatives teams as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Student at Indiana University or Ivy Tech
  • Eligible for Federal Work-Study
  • Available to work off campus 12-18 hours per week
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills, particularly in the areas of storytelling, website content, e-newsletters, and printed materials.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office 365
  • Must be comfortable contacting and interviewing donors, agency clients, key stakeholders, etc.
  • Working knowledge of social media tools (particularly Facebook and Instagram)
  • Integrity, strong work ethic, self-starter, and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Able to commit to fall and spring semester
  • Experience with Canva, Adobe InDesign, and Photoshop a plus
  • Photography skills a plus

To Apply:

•    Submit a resume and cover letter to Jennifer Hottell,

The internship will be 12 - 18 hrs. per week during business hours of 9 am - 5 pm at the United Way office (431 S College Ave., near the corner of 2nd St & College Ave, by the downtown Kroger).

Only qualified and complete applications will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls, please.

Position at a glance:

The successful candidate will work closely with the Community Engagement Director and United Way team to develop relevant and timely communications material. The content this position produces will be published in United Way e-news, social media, and website reaching a broad audience. Intern will gain experience writing, editing, interviewing, and designing content.
This work-study position will be a critical role to expanding our capacity for high-quality, timely, and relevant messaging to all our partners as we work hand in hand to help families move from poverty to possibility.

Why does this work matter?

More than 45,000 households in South Central Indiana are in, or one emergency away from, poverty -- including 30% of households with children and 43% of senior (65+) households. Across our region, families work hard but still struggle to make ends meet – much less save for a stable future.

Living paycheck to paycheck while hovering at or falling below the poverty line is the reality for 46 percent of families in Monroe, Owen, Greene, Lawrence, and Orange counties. Donations to United Way funds local programs that help struggling families and individuals move from poverty to possibility.