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Regional Workforce Development Communications Intern

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Regional Workforce Development Communications Intern
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Houston,  TX 77010
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Why the Partnership
When you join the Greater Houston Partnership, you get the opportunity to work with an organization helping guide the future of the Houston region. Our team of professional’s work across multiple disciplines, including: Economic Development (Regional and International), Executive, Finance & Accounting, Marketing & Communications, Member Engagement, Public Policy, Regional Workforce Development, Research, Resources, and the Center for Houston’s Future.

Who We Are
The Greater Houston Partnership works to make Houston one of the best places to live, work and build a business. As the economic development organization for the region, the Partnership champions growth across 12 counties by bringing together business and civic-minded leaders who are dedicated to the area’s long-term success. Representing more than 900 member organizations and approximately one-fifth of the region’s workforce, the Partnership is the place companies come together to make an impact.

The Partnership’s Regional Workforce Development Division operates two employer-led initiatives: UpSkill Houston (est. 2014) and Houston Back on Track (est. 2021). UpSkill Houston and Houston Back on Track work with employer, community, and education partners to help students and adults find good jobs in Houston’s economy — jobs that require education and training beyond a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree. To learn more, please visit our websites at Houston.org/upskillhouston and HoustonBackOnTrack.org.

We look forward to telling you more about the organization and helping determine if an internship with the Partnership is right for you.

Today, We Are Looking For – Regional Workforce Development Communications Intern
Are you an undergraduate student with strong intellectual curiosity and an interest in writing, communications, marketing, or journalism? Do you have an interest in researching and interviewing community and business leaders and developing compelling narrative stories about developing the region’s talent and workforce? Do you have experience using social media and other tools to reach and inspire audiences?

As a communications intern with UpSkill Houston and Houston Back on Track, you will have the opportunity to inspire students and adults in Houston to consider new career opportunities that allow them to prosper. In addition, you will play a role in engaging our partners to join this work and improve the economic prosperity of the Houston region. You will gain experience conducting interviews, collecting data, and developing and editing content. In addition, you will have the opportunity to build skills necessary to work in a team environment and learn about major employers, education systems, and community organizations within greater Houston’s economy.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Regional Workforce Development Communications Intern will be a part of the UpSkill Houston and Houston Back on Track teams to create, develop and edit content that highlights the work of these initiatives. Your responsibilities would include interviewing or otherwise gathering information from partners and stakeholders and creating compelling stories to communicate the impact and work of the initiatives and shared via email newsletters, blog posts, and social media.

In the process, the intern:

All assignments will be done in conjunction with the UpSkill and Houston Back on Track teams and may include:
  • Conducting phone interviews with business, education, and nonprofit leaders.
  • Gathering information pertaining to the relevant workforce development activities.
  • Creating compelling content highlighting the workforce development activities that advance UpSkill Houston and Houston Back on Track.
  • Consulting on the presentation and visualization of related content.
  • Work with the directors of UpSkill Houston and Houston Back on Track to create, write, and manage posts for social media platforms and analyze usage data of the platforms.
  • Managing client database and communicating with jobseekers via email and Salesforce.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The position requires research, writing, editing and communication skills. The ideal candidate has good phone and email etiquette, can think creatively, and meet deadlines. Preferred/required abilities include:
  • The ability to communicate concisely and insightfully by synthesizing a large amount of information into short messages that provide relevant insights.
  • The ability to convey to various audiences the desired messages and emotions through word choice and tone.
  • The ability to clearly communicate and express ideas through writing, including correct and consistent grammar.
  • The ability to use writing conventions, style guides and formatting for different situations.
  • The ability to ask questions that elicit relevant information from others.
  • The ability to collaborate effectively through digital and social channels, including email, videoconference, file-sharing platforms, and other messaging applications.
  • The ability to use imagination to generate ideas, concepts, or ways of working that are both original and valuable.
  • The ability to identify urgent and important activities, prioritize them appropriately, and choose the most efficient way to complete them on time.
The ideal candidate is a junior or senior undergraduate student with strong intellectual curiosity and an interest in writing, communications, marketing, or journalism. Qualified candidates should have previous research experience and are currently working toward a degree in marketing, communications, business, or related fields and be in good academic standing with their educational institution. Familiarity with Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn is a plus. Candidates must have access to a computer and internet. The internship could include a blend of work in an office and remote work setting, with the specific schedule to be determined.

Compensation: This is a paid internship. The Partnership will cover the cost of parking or provide a Metro Q Card to cover bus/light rail expenses.

Term: The internship will run for a semester and require between 10 to 20 hours a week.  

Academic Credit: To be determined by the intern’s school.

TO APPLY: Candidates should email resume and a brief cover letter to Carl Salazar, Director of Workforce Recovery at: csalazar@houston.org.
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