Marketing and Communications Intern (February – May 2023 OR February – August 2023)

Apply by sending a cover letter, resume and two social media samples (graphics and caption copy from any previous experience) to careers@agfuture.org.

Reports to: Marketing Manager

Location: Remote

Classification: Non-Exempt

Date: January 12, 2022

Summary and Objective

Agriculture Future of America (AFA) is a competitive, non-profit organization that provides personal and professional development programs and career exploration for college students and young professionals in agriculture, food and natural resources. We exist to build transformational leaders for food and agriculture by fostering professionalism, intellectualism and intrapreneurialism.

AFA is seeking an intern who will be part of our marketing and communications team to help develop and implement various campaigns and efforts to increase awareness of AFA among our constituent groups (students, collegiate professionals, industry professionals and young professionals). Additionally, the person in this position will play an instrumental role in the creation of creative marketing assets to serve a variety of stakeholders.

The internship can run February – May 2023, or February – August 2023 depending on the individual’s availability. The hired individual will work part-time February – May, and full-time May – August. Future career growth includes the potential of extending the internship through December 2023.

Essential Functions:

  • Design and create assets that showcase AFA partners, including but not limited to social media content, event signage, feature articles, mobile app graphics, flyers, handouts and digital magazines.

  • Conduct interviews of AFA constituent groups and write content that tells the AFA story in a compelling way specific to a variety of audiences.

  • Execute promotion plans that engage AFA alumni in various offerings, including communication plan development, asset creation and analysis of data to ensure progress in meeting engagement goals.

  • Lead promotion and marketing of individual giving campaigns to meet organizational giving goals.

  • Manage AFA merchandise store, handling day-to-day business operations and customer experience.

  • Provide marketing communication resources to support student prospecting efforts including infographics, social posts, etc.

  • Creation of effective social content that drives engagement and results across a variety of platforms (Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube).

  • Assist and provide insight to overall website audit, as well as editing and developing web content.

  • Provide marketing communication resources to support student leaders including infographics, presentation outlines, handouts, social posts, etc.

  • Brainstorming & bringing new ideas to the table.

Required Education and Experience

  • The ideal candidate would be a current college student or recent college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in communications and/or marketing.

  • Firm grasp in graphic design and photo/video editing.

  • Excellent working knowledge of social platforms — Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Above average writing, editing and proofreading skills.

  • Experience in Adobe Creative Suite, including but not limited to Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Premiere Pro.

  • Experience using Canva.

  • Past participation in AFA Leaders Conference or an AFA Leader Institute.

  • Interest in a career in food, agriculture or natural resources.

  • Experience in email marketing and email marketing platforms, such as Pardot, Mailchimp or Constant Contact.

Competencies

  • Above average data and general computer skills; including ability to learn new web and computer data systems

  • Attention to detail and accuracy of work

  • Strong proofreading and editing ability

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills to interact with significant parties within and outside the AFA office

  • Demonstrated professionalism

  • Ability to work with a broad demographic of ages, professions, and educational levels

  • Critical thinking and analytical skills

  • Project management abilities

  • Self-directed and ability to take initiative

  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to prioritize tasks across multiple teams and programs

  • Analytical mindset and adeptness in problem-solving

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no direct or indirect supervision of other staff.

Work Environment

This job requires basic office product use and should have accommodations to do so from their remote location. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers and phones.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, and subject to request for reasonable accommodations, the employee is regularly required to communicate with others and exchange information with internal and external constituents. The employee frequently is required to remain in a stationary position 80% of the time, constantly operates a computer or other office productivity machinery, move or position equipment weighing up to 5 pounds periodically.

Position Type/Regular Hours of Work

This is a remote internship position in which availability during normal working hours will be required. This position will be expected to work some evenings and weekends as needed. Based on performance, the role may be extended through December 2023.

Travel

Travel is limited and primarily would be specific to AFA events held during the term, primarily Kansas City, MO.

Compensation

  • Hourly salary

Equal Employment Opportunity

Agriculture Future of America (AFA) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, AFA complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

AFA expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of AFA’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.