POSITION OVERVIEW:
The ACLU of Kansas is offering a paid internship for a Digital Content and Design Intern for the Fall 2022 semester to help advance our work fighting for civil liberties in the State of Kansas. An ideal candidate will have a commitment to using digital communications, storytelling, and other mediums to further racial and social justice. 

This internship may be one semester, but preferably will be two semesters long. It has some flexibility, ideally starting mid- to late-August 2022 and ending early to mid-June 2023 (or early to mid-December 2022 for a one-semester internship). . 

This position is an excellent opportunity to gain experience growing multiple social media channels, developing visual and/or video content within a specific branding and design framework, and ensuring effective messaging that furthers a justice-oriented mission. This intern will develop such content within a campaign model of an integrated advocacy organization and will have opportunities to support other departments’ communications needs as well, such as assisting with design on collateral materials or reports. This internship is also an opportunity to develop visual media, journalistic content, or other portfolio material and experience.

This department is committed to an inclusive and authentic environment. Your voice will be valued – we need your creative ideas to reach diverse audiences and help people think meaningfully about the issues.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Manage and create digital content in collaboration with the Communications and Media Manager, including website content, graphics, and/or video across social media and web platforms 
  • Develop and maintain online content and social spaces that expand the awareness of the ACLU and increase reach and target niche audiences via social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.) 
  • Develop creative and artistic visual media, for online and/or print items 
  • Recommend innovative approaches, feedback, and other improvements that will increase constitution interaction across digital properties and conversions

QUALIFICATIONS:
Race Equity Commitment
Demonstrated commitment to racial equity, dismantling white supremacy, and incorporating a structural power analysis into your work. Keen understanding of how power is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances. 

Relevant Work Experience

  • At least a freshman in college, preferably studying in a related field (digital communications, digital arts, marketing). 
  • Ability to work 15-20 hours a week. Most of this can be done remotely and on a flexible schedule, but we do expect you to be responsive and communicate about changes to your availability. 
  • Some knowledge of Adobe Design Suite, Canva, or other design or video editing programs.
  • Familiarity with various social media platforms. 
  • Some knowledge of office related software such as Microsoft Office suite, Outlook.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities with deliberate time and project management skills. 
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in a fast-paced environment; and to adjust strategy to frequently changing demands. 
  • Ability to work with minimum direction but collaboratively with a team, as the situation requires. 
  • Curiosity and interest in challenging power structures, policy process, local government and their intersections with civil rights, civil liberties, racial and social justice. 

Education/Bonus Consideration

  • Portfolio of digital art or other visual media design.
  • Previous experience with social media management or print journalism.
  • Knowledge of social media analytics and/or A/B testing.


COMPENSATION

  • This internship will pay $16/hr. 
  • To apply for this position, forward your resume and cover letter to Esmie Tseng at [email protected] by August 31, 2022. Please put “Digital Content and Design Intern” in the subject line. If possible, please provide a design or writing sample, but this is not required. 


ABOUT THE ACLU:
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kansas is a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to preserving and advancing the civil rights and legal freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the Kansas Constitution. The ACLU of Kansas works in the state legislature, the courts, and local communities to protect the rights of all people living in Kansas. The organization’s work includes efforts to strengthen and defend First Amendment rights, voting rights, reproductive rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, immigrants’ rights, stopping government surveillance, and reforming the criminal legal system. The ACLU of Kansas often works in broad-based coalitions made up of individuals and organizations from across the political, partisan, and ideological spectrum. The ACLU of Kansas is an affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, has an annual budget of approximately $2 million, and has more than 30,000 supporters across the state. The headquarters of the ACLU of Kansas is in Overland Park, in the metro Kansas City area. 

The ACLU of Kansas comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and the ACLU Foundation of Kansas. Both entities have the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. The ACLU Foundation of Kansas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that primarily engages in litigation and public education. The ACLU of Kansas is a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation that primarily engages in lobbying and advocacy.