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Social Media Internship

Objective: The American Bar Foundation is recruiting a Social Media Intern. This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated student who would like an opportunity to gain practical, professional-level experience in implementing a social media strategy. The intern will work directly with Communications staff to implement daily social media activities that expand the American Bar Foundation (ABF) audience and help establish the ABF as a top non-profit organization and research institute.

Position Summary: The intern will gain real-world experience working with social media and influencers as part of a non-profit public relations team. During this internship, you'll have the opportunity to learn how to search for relevant content, target audience, build followers for social media,schedule posts on various social media channels, create graphics, write copy for social media, and learn about social media analytics. The intern will also utilize American Bar Foundation resources to grow as a young professional by connecting with other ABF staff and interns through training as well as mentorship opportunities.

About the ABF: The American Bar Foundation is a non-profit, independent international research institute committed to empirical, interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and legal processes. The ABF offers a rich intellectual community of scholars with expertise in a wide range of disciplines, with ample opportunities to interact with scholars and attend research presentations.

Responsibilities and Duties

  •          Write and design images / content for all social media channels.
  •          Conduct research to create ongoing content and campaigns
  •          Execute a strategic content schedule for social media.
  •          Responsible for reporting analytics for all social media channels.
  •          Keep social media audience up to date on ABF news and other relevant legal news

Projects Include

  •          Working closely with Communications Associate to implement social media strategy and compose posts across platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  •          Using programs including Hootsuite, Meltwater, and Canva to plan and develop daily social media posts
  •          Responding to and engaging with influencers via social media.  
  •          Identifying new influencers and audiences with interest in law and legal education to engage with the ABF social media.
  •          Participating in team brainstorm sessions prior to announcements or campaigns.
  •          Supporting the greater communications team with public relations.

Qualifications and Skills

Education and Experience:

  •          College student, recent college graduate, or graduate student
  •          Graphic design (Canva or Adobe) skills are a plus
  •          Demonstrates ability to organize, manage, prioritize, and set goals and meet established deadlines
  •          Professional written and verbal communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  •          Ability to effectively perform and manage a variety of tasks simultaneously
  •          Interest in the nonprofit sector and/or legal industry
  •          Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  •          Adaptable and flexible

Time Commitment: Two to four days a week; 16 to 24 hours weekly (set schedule will be determined based on intern availability). A minimum of 10 weeks is preferred.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work This is an unpaid internship. Interns are eligible to receive academic credit through their college or university. The ABF will accommodate the intern’s academic commitments by corresponding to the intern’s academic calendar.

EEO Statement

The ABF is firmly committed to providing equal employment opportunities. All decisions regarding the terms, privileges, and/or conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, classification, grading, recruitment, discharge, discipline, compensation, selection for training or apprenticeship, promotion, renewal of employment, tenure or terms, and benefits, will be made without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, order of protection status, marital status, disability, military status, unfavorable discharge from the military, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, housing status, parental status, source of income, certain arrest or criminal history records, genetic information, protected activity (such as opposition to or reporting of prohibited discrimination or harassment), or any other status or classification protected by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws. The ABF prohibits discrimination, retaliation, and harassment of individuals on any of the bases listed above and any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and/or local law.

Hours and location: This individual will work remotely for the American Bar Foundation. Individual may develop his/her own schedule of 16-24 hours per week between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Schedule is flexible but must be consistent from week to week. Internship will begin in September and go through December, with the possibility for extension.

The Organization: Located in Chicago, the American Bar Foundation is a nonprofit, independent national research institute committed to empirical research on law, legal institutions and legal processes.

To receive consideration, please send a cover letter and résumé to  as follows:

Email subject line: Social Media Internship   

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