Communication Internship & Job Newsletter- Week of August 25, 2017

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COMM Intern of the Week:

Meet the August 25th Comm Student Intern of the Week:

Joshua Colliluori

8/25 Intern of the Week

Joshua Colliluori is a senior communication major with a concentration in media production and criticism.  During fall 2017, he is engaging in an internship with the IMPACT Collective, located at the Winery at Bull Run (TWABR). This dynamic company specializes in marketing, public relations, logistics, and creative event planning.  IMPACT Collective is the recipient of 7 DC Capital Awards (2012-2015), and WeddingWire Couple's Choice Awards (2011-2017).  Josh works directly for the Director of Operations, Mrs. Paige Sharyhary, the program manager for the Meant 2 Live Foundation and event sales associate at TWABR.  Some of his responsibilities are:

  • social media engagement and strategy
  • client support (on-site, and online)
  • utilizing business applications to stream line work-flow
  • scheduling and following-up with potential clients

Josh is excited to learn skills that are highly valued for his career.  He looks forward to acquiring more knowledge about the intricacies and joys of the event planning industry under the accomplished and capable tutelage of the IMPACT Collective public relations and marketing management team. 



Week of August 25th Internship/Job Postings:

Note: Please make sure to check if these internships/jobs have deadlines or are ongoing by checking the link or with the contact information provided.

>Ratcliff Thomas Foundation

-Position: Grant Writer & Fundraising Strategist(pending post approval and

-(4 P/T positions -Unpaid for Credit -  Can be done remotely)

-The Ratcliff Thomas Foundation (RTF) seeking a Grant Writer & Fundraising Strategist to research, write proposals and develop fundraising strategies (including crowdsourcing and Combined Federal Campaigns) to help create more viable programs with solutions that will asist in youth development, their families and the communities in which they reside in Northern Virginia. We have completed our submission and have received grants from local organizations (SunTrust Mortgage, The Rotary Club, AT&T, Shoppers Food Warehouse, Simpson Real Estate Services, Nspire Networ, The United Way) to fund uniform shirts, the Alexandria City Football Camp, Wizards Basketball game outing, Free Back-to-School Haircuts and becoming a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Our work encourages youth to engage in team building, communication and conflict resolution activities. Additionally, we would like to be in a position where we can award college scholarships in the future and transportation to safely get our participants to games and excursions as a group. We are positive in the success of our program due to participation response, feedback from parents and various public school systems. This effort will aid in launching future crowdfunding campaigns. This proposal is a high priority for our foundation to peak interest in our cause so that we will utilize these networks to start our fundraising efforts prior to end of this tax year. 

-The Ratcliff Thomas Foundation (RTF) is an all volunteer organization who are soliciting pro-bono hours from people that deeply believes that "Youth Lives Matter." Your contribution will prepare our chidren to become leaders of tomorrow with guidance byway of our "Mentoring Through Sports" initiative, life skills workshops and educational excursions. With your asistance, we will be able to accomplish our overall mission. As you know, your time is an asset to our organization and your professional portfolio. We have completed and submitted our application to OPM to participate in the Combined Federal Campaigns. In order to render more services to the youth and the community, we are developing a new website to bring awareness with a fresh professional look for our brand to establish visible online presence. In the course of existence since 2015, we have aquired devoted volunteers and supporters who will assist in seeing our mission through. Complementary to this, RTF has established social media presence to create awareness and donorship following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. We ask the volunteer to research and write fundraising campaigns that will engage our target audience to become involved and share their experience to help change someone else's life.

-Organization's mission: RTF will leverage the priorities, enthusiasm, and leadership of the youth, with mentorship and supervision as required. In short, we will tap into the creativity of the youth and the leaders of the community to solve problems. RTF Elite Sports/Mentoring Program will lead the way with Community Outreach and other programs to closely follow. Coaches, volunteers and parents will serve as mentors in a structured family environment, teaching and skill development are key, as the courts and fields of play will serve as our classroom. However, this effort will take more patience and learning than just letting adults define and solve the problems. Volunteers (current & former professional and college athletes, business professionals and community leaders) participating in the organization must commit to providing guidance and sharing their life experiences. We must get back to the mind-set of “It takes a village to raise a child”.

-HOW TO APPLY: Email us at telling us about your background and what your goals would be during an internship at RTF. You may include a resume with 3 professional references. Please include email and phone contact information.

-Position: Business Administrative Coordinator of Athletics (3 P/T positions -Unpaid for Credit)

-The Business Administrative Coordinator of Athletics reports to the CEO and Coordination Director & Public Affairs Liaison providing the office management and significant operational support for the overall organization. The Administrative Marketing Coordinator of Athletics will gain administrative experience while learning the intricacies of the operations within a youth sports nonprofit. This internship prepares someone interested in athletics administration by providing individuals hands-on experience. The Administrative Marketing Coordinator of Athletics expected to enthusiastically support the mission of the foundation and that of its participants, and is the first impression when visitors attend games, events and activities. Further, this person is expected to contribute to the overall atmosphere of RTF by establishing and maintaining positive, team-oriented working relationships with all members of the foundation, partners, and the community. This position is responsible for adhering to all policies and procedures.

-Our physical location is Alexandria, Virginia, but we work out of home offices so this will be a work-from-home opportunity, with meetings in person (or via Skype) every other week to go over work and to set new assignments.

-The Ratcliff Thomas Foundation is a member of the AAU and is committed to a well-balanced program promoting excellence in academics, athletics, and life.

-DUTIES: General office responsibilities include, but not limited to: open, sort, and distribute incoming mail and process outgoing mail; answer and direct incoming calls and take messages; maintain department files; provide general correspondence/documents including letters, memos, reports, and form letters if needed; schedule appointments and maintain department calendars; reserve rental cars; order business cards for coaches, letterhead, envelopes and notecards. Assist in the coordination of special events (Hall of Fame, Outings, Team Banquets, Fundraisers, Galas etc..) when necessary. Manage all sports’ rosters within a database for organizational use of athletics roster information regularly. Managing Conference and Tournament databases – entering and updating sports rosters; coordinating schedule submission; submitting time-sensitive reports to the conferences/associations after correspondence with key members of the organization (CEO, Athletics Representative, Coaches, etc.) Manage annual student-athlete varsity letters earned at the completion of each sport’s season. Coordinate season records for varsity letters earned and team awards: Academic All-Conference, All-Conference and All-American, etc. Forward award info to RTF Coordinator for data entry. Maintain inventory of awards and order as necessary. Oversees operation of equipment and supervise the volunteer workers. Order office supplies, schedule maintenance and/or delivery of equipment as needed, arrange uniform pickup and distribution, as needed. Attend and participate in weekly athletics administration staff meetings. Assist CEO with education and annual compliance reporting. Coordinate fall pre-season sports’ early return information –meal and transportation needs – with RTF Staff. Work with Personal Assistant to maintain CEO’s personal and work calendars for time management, schedule appointments as needed. Coordinate mailings to student-athletes and parents as needed. Send out invitations for home sporting events to other institutions and interested parties. Manage all reservations for the athletics vehicle, as needed. Manage annual student-athlete varsity letters earned at the completion of each sport’s season. Coordinate season records for varsity letters earned and team awards: Academic All-Conference, All-Conference and All-American, etc. Forward award info to Registrar for data entry. Maintain inventory of awards and order as necessary. Using MS Access and Excel, extract data entered and print reports.

-KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED: Prefer 2-3 years of office management experience. Strong knowledge of computer software and Excel software for word processing, mail merge, and spreadsheets. Familiarity with database management concepts. Must possess strong administrative skills, particularly accuracy and attention to detail; ability to work in a fast-paced and multi-task-oriented environment. Strong verbal and written communications and organizational skills. Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information and materials. Must have successful completion of criminal record check, driving record check, and reference checks in order to work with children. Ability to work flexible hours in Alexandria, Virginia. This is a volunteer opportunity provided by VolunteerMatch, in partnership with LinkedIn for Good

-BENEFITS: Opportunity to stretch your skills and be a key player in a small organization. Enjoy a fun, flexible work environment where you can see the difference you are making every day. Develop relationships with athletic community locally and nationally, as appropriate. Gain additional skills/networking at applicable professional development seminars or other outside training events. Receive letter of recommendation from RTF after successful completion of internship. Internship is available for credit based on your institution’s guidelines.

-HOW TO APPLY: Email us at telling us about your background and what your goals would be during an internship at RTF. You may include a resume with 3 professional references. Please include email and phone contact information.


>Mason Art Exhibitions Internships (PR)

-Contact Donald Russell, the University Curator and Director of the Provisions Research Center for Art and Social Change. His email is

-Mason Art Exhibitions Internships afford undergraduates, graduates, and post graduates opportunities to learn or expand museum and curatorial practices through hands-on experience including exhibitions development, collections management, public relations, grant writing, graphic design for print and online publications, events management, and general arts administration on the Fairfax, Arlington and Manassas campuses.

-Candidates must have a strong interest in visual art and possess excellent skills in networking, writing/speaking, content management, and research. Successful interns must be able to take responsibility for project assignments and to see them to completion.

-Please submit your resume and a brief description of your career goals and interests to Arrangements can be made for course credit and financial support may be available through GMU Financial Aid and Students as Scholars.

-The position you will want to apply for is called the Publicity and PR Assistant. The Publicity and PR Assistant will develop PR strategies for exhibitions and public programs. They will research, write, and distribute press releases and web/social media descriptions for exhibitions, public art projects, and lecture series. They will also enhance press contact lists, develop outreach to University community, pitch stories to the media via telephone and email, and develop/produce visitor surveys.

-In addition to various exhibitions, we will be working on a major, campus-wide mural project, which will debut in April 2018.


>Highlight Technologies, LLC

-I have an internship opportunity and I would like your students to be the first to apply! I’m looking for a marketing intern with great writing skills, willing to learn, and very organized. Some major tasks include: organizing and updating addresses for the holiday cards, updating our marketing materials, and assisting me with planning the annual holiday party. This is a paid internship for sophomores or juniors.. The job will appear on HireMason soon, if it has not already. I will also provide a direct link to the job posting. 

-A little bit about the company…Highlight Technologies, LLC is an award-winning, 8(a), woman-owned, ISO 9001, CMMI Level 2 small business that provides information technology, security, and program support services to federal agencies. By investing and supporting our employees, we can provide expert, professional results to our clients. We are located in Fairfax, VA.

-A little bit about me…I recently graduated in May 2017 with a B.A. in communication and a minor in tourism and events management. I started as an intern in Fall 2016, stayed to be part-time in Spring 2017, and was offered a full-time position before graduation in May 2017.

-Link to Apply:


>Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

-Position: Communications & Marketing Intern

-The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Voice of Business in Northern Virginia™, which represents nearly 700 member companies with 500,000 employees in the region, seeks an independent, responsible and detail-oriented Communications and Marketing Intern for Fall 2017 (late August/early September through early December) to support its busy communications and marketing program (approx. 20/week with flexible days/times).

-Interns may work remotely but will be required to come onsite for training. Interns will be invited and are welcome to shadow the communications team at all Chamber events. The internship is unpaid. Students seeking course credits may apply if approved by their educational institution.

-Position responsibilities include: Draft press materials including press releases and media advisories. Draft content for the Chamber’s various social media channels. Draft content for the Chamber’s e-newsletters. Draft content for the Chamber’s quarterly magazine. Photograph Chamber events (no photography experience necessary). Research and data gathering projects as assigned. Post Chamber events to area events calendars Occasional administrative duties as assigned.

-Qualifications: Open to undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as graduate students. Any academic major. Strong desire to learn and professional drive. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience working in fast-paced environment. Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously. Passion for the communications industry and its best practices. Self-motivated with excellent organizational skills and precise attention to details

-Benefits: Portfolio of products and skills to be used for future internship and career opportunities. Complimentary garage parking. Complimentary building gym membership  Interns will gain experience with content management system WebLink, social media scheduling tool Hootsuite, public relations software Meltwater.

-To apply, please send your resume and letter of interest to Alex Thompson, Director of Communications and Marketing, at

-To learn more about the Northern Virginia Chamber, browse our website:, follow us on Twitter @NOVAChamber, or check out our Facebook page, just search Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce.


>Brotman Winter Fried (Sage Communications)

-BWF offers a highly interactive and engaging learning opportunity for college students. We are currently looking for interns to join our team and contribute to the wonderful reputation that our company has built over the years. If you’re looking for a place you can gain valuable practical experience and polish your skills, then we’re looking for you. Our internship will require work on a variety of consumer accounts, including retail, corporate, sports clients and special events. The ideal intern candidate will have interest in this type of work and will possess strong communications skills with the ability to multi-task on projects.

-Type of Tasks: Draft press releases on a variety of clients and topics. Conduct research of appropriate media contacts to create media lists. Brainstorm and assist in the execution of public relations campaigns. Help develop, and activate client promotional activities. Prepare event logistics and assist in onsite event management needs. Collect and prepare media clippings. Use variety of Social Media tools.

-Requirements: Junior or Senior majoring in Communications, PR, Event Management given priority. Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Social Media (Twitter, Facebook). Energetic and outgoing with ability to multi-task. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Strong work ethic with positive attitude. Team player in all aspects. Earn college credit for internship All internship positions are unpaid. You will be reimbursed for any travel expenses incurred outside of your daily commute to and from the office. Interns should expect to work a minimum of three days a week with a minimum of 24 hours of work completed each week. BWF offers a fun yet professional working environment where you will be treated like a member of our team. Our office has free onsite parking and is located directly across the street from the McLean Metro Station (Silver line).  Applications for the 2017 Fall/Winter Semester are now being accepted. Please send a cover letter, and copy of your resume to Rachel Joubran at


>Shelters to Shutters

-Marketing and Communications Intern

-Shelters to Shutters is looking for a highly motivated, self-starter to be our marketing and development intern for our expanding non-profit organization.

-Shelters to Shutters is a national, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides housing and employment opportunities to individuals experiencing homelessness by educating and engaging real estate/property management leaders and encouraging action within their communities (

-Join our growing team with an opportunity to create and implement communications and marketing strategies that will support the mission of Shelters to Shutters. Shelters to Shutters currently partners with property management companies and places individuals in Alexandria, VA, Arlington, VA, Raleigh NC, Charlotte NC, Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, Jacksonville, FL, Nashville TN, Austin TX, Dallas TX and Washington, DC.

-This is an unpaid internship with stipend available for travel expenses. Hours are flexible upon mutual agreement with the Director of Marketing and Development. Office is located in Tyson’s Corner, VA. Flexibility on opportunity to work both in the office and remotely is available.




Future Opportunities to Look Out for…

  • The White House Internship Program
    • The application period is now closed. Please check this link in the future to see when there will be openings as well as follow the program on Twitter to get updates! This is a great opportunity for Mason students because we are so close to DC! There are currently Mason students interning there now!
    • White House Internships are available within 16 different Presidential Departments. Learn more about internships within each department.

Check out this link for more information: