Development/Communications/Event Planning Internship

Development/Communications/Event Planning Internship 

Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) represents innocent prisoners serving life sentences in Louisiana and south Mississippi, and assists them with their transition into the free world upon their release. IPNO works in the states with the country's highest incarceration rates and the highest rates of wrongful conviction in the country. By identifying and remedying cases and causes of wrongful conviction, we engage in high impact, frontline advocacy in the courts of law and public opinion, and lead community-based responses into the mistakes made by our criminal justice system. As of August 2016, IPNO has freed or exonerated 28 prisoners and has over 4,000 applications still to review with more coming in every day.

The intern will work at 4051 Ulloa Street and work directly under IPNO's managing director and communications manager.

Primary duties may include:

·         Assisting with event planning (working with vendors, procuring silent auction items, assisting with media outreach, etc.)

·         Updating IPNO's Web site and social networking pages

·         Assisting with researching funders and drafting grant proposals

·         Assisting with researching potential new donors

·         Updating IPNO's database

·         Monitoring news

Additional duties may include:

·         Assisting with the implementation of publicity campaigns

·         Drafting materials such as press releases, media advisories, biographies, pitch letters, op-eds, letters to the editor or other correspondence for journalists

·         Researching and compiling targeted media lists

·         Tracking & ordering media placements, creating paste-ups and reports of placements

·         Providing general support (sending faxes, photocopying, sending overnight packages and maintaining files)

Required skills:

·         Top notch organizational skills and attention to detail

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills

·         Strong Microsoft Office suite and database experience

·         Ability to work independently and on a team

Qualifications: An ability to interact in a professional, friendly, confident manner with the staff, journalists and the firm's clients is essential. Dependability and a willingness to pitch in on a variety of assignments are equally important characteristics for this position.

Interns must have relevant experience or be working toward a related degree (i.e. public relations, communications, nonprofit management, grant writer) and be willing to commit at least 15 hours a week for the semester. Skills in the areas of writing, event planning, fundraising, media relations and Web design are a plus.

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and writing sample to Jené O'Keefe Trigg at NO CALLS

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