Communication Intern- Venture Forward

POSITION TITLE: Venture Forward Communication Intern

FLSA STATUS: Part-Time/Internship (Unpaid)

DEPARTMENT: Venture Forward

REPORTS TO: Executive Director, Venture Forward


Venture Forward, an initiative of United Way of Greater Chattanooga, is seeking a high-energy and motivated intern to assist in the development and implementation of a communication strategy. The Communication Intern will be a self-starter, familiar with social media platforms, creative, and will be a team player. He or she will work closely with and take direction from the Coordinator of the Hub for Social Innovation at United Way. 

Essential Functions:

  • Develop, implement, and maintain a social media strategy plan.

  • Assist with streamlining Venture Forward social media accounts (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.), ensuring uniform content, tone and language.

  • Increase the number of followers on all social platforms by following and engaging with community members and nonprofit agencies.

  • Post Tweets daily (both job- and industry-related)

  • Post updates to the Venture Forward LinkedIn account. Use LinkedIn polls and surveys to build VF social media footprint and reputation.

  • Post updates to the Venture Forward Facebook account.

  • Post updates to the Venture Forward Instagram account.

  • Schedule and coordinate a monthly brainstorming meeting to establish content ideas for the month ahead and to plan for a monthly social media calendar.

  • Maintain the monthly social media and blogging calendar, and ensure that everyone is meeting their deadlines.

  • Update the Venture Forward website with content, articles, etc. related to the nonprofit industry.

  • Capture images, videos, etc. during Venture Forward events, workshops and trainings.


  • Proven written communication skills, and excellent verbal communications skills and a familiarity with AP style.

  • An interest in nonprofit marketing, communications, social media, etc.

  • Familiarity with key social media tools (e.g. Twitter and Facebook) and with Microsoft Office products (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

  • Excellent attention to detail and a high motivation to learn

  • Photography and videography abilities are a plus

  • Graphic design skills are a plus

  • An ability to prioritize work and complete tasks with quick turnaround times and willingness to ask questions to gain clarity.

  • The ability to work collaboratively with United Way staff and external customers.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. A neat appearance and business attire is required.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a part-time position. Days and hours of work are determined between the intern and the Executive Director of Venture Forward.

Required Education and Experience

Enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts degree program with a focus in Marketing, Public Relations, or Communications.

Other Duties

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

How to apply: Interested applicants will send their resume, with an attached cover letter sharing why they are interested in this internship to