Social Media & Communications Intern

Job Locations US-CT-New Haven
Posted Date 4 weeks ago(9/24/2021 11:39 AM)
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Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
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School and State Finance Project


Founded in 2015, the School and State Finance Project ( is a nonpartisan, nonprofit policy organization, focused on education funding and state finance issues, with a commitment to providing independent analysis, building public knowledge, improving transparency, and developing fair, sustainable solutions.


The goals of the School and State Finance Project are to:

  • Serve as an independent and trustworthy source of high-quality research and analysis about Connecticut’s education finance policies and state budget.
  • Improve transparency around Connecticut’s education and state finances by providing access to timely, accurate, and easy-to-understand data and information.
  • Build public knowledge about Connecticut’s finances, budget, and economy, and elevate conversations about how to strengthen the state’s fiscal health.
  • Increase awareness about Connecticut’s education finance system and the need for an equitable, unified funding formula that treats all students fairly and strengthens schools and communities.
  • Develop thoughtful, data-driven solutions that address Connecticut’s education funding and state finance challenges by working collaboratively with state and local policymakers, community groups and leaders, and other key stakeholders.
  • Provide technical assistance to partner organizations seeking to solve education finance-related challenges.

Although not a member-based organization, the School and State Finance Project actively works with a diverse group of stakeholders and communities across Connecticut.


The School and State Finance Project aims to serve as a trusted resource for state and local policymakers, school district officials, community leaders, and all people looking for transparent, accessible, and approachable information about education funding and state finance.


The School and State Finance Project is a fiscally sponsored organization of TSNE (


Working with the School and State Finance Project’s communications team, the Social Media & Communications Intern will help develop and execute the organization’s social media strategy, and develop and post content on the organization’s Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. While not a requirement, experience with video editing and crafting video content is preferred.  This is a part-time position 15-18 hours a week.


The ideal Social Media & Communications Intern will be a talented writer, designer, and content producer who is looking to use and strengthen their communications skills while helping to grow the organization’s digital presence, build out its social media accounts, and engage stakeholders through accessible social media content.


This is a great opportunity for an individual who is passionate about equity, education, and fair public policies, and wants to use their social media and communication skills to engage audiences and drive productive conversations.


Essential Functions

  • Maintain and update organization’s social media accounts with appropriate and engaging content;
  • Assist in developing and executing plans to grow organization’s social media presence and increase the following of its social media accounts;
  • Develop monthly social media posting schedules that reflect the organization’s mission and goals;
  • Design and create graphics for social media posts;
  • Review social media analytics and make recommendations for greater audience engagement;
  • Monitor social media trends and capabilities;
  • Support the communications team in developing and executing the organization’s overall communication strategies;
  • Recommend new, creative ways to communicate information to audiences with varying degrees of knowledge, experience, and viewpoints; 
  • Create and edit videos covering education funding and state finance issues the organization works on; 
  • Other duties and special projects, as assigned.



We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • Bachelor’s degree or currently pursuing bachelor’s degree at accredited college or university;
  • Experience creating social media content for organizations;
  • Advanced knowledge of social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and their capabilities;
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to break down complex issues into more approachable and easy-to-understand content;
  • Superb organizational skills with demonstrated ability to “multi-task” and produce high-quality work in a timely manner;
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to write for different audiences and knowledge levels;
  • Design experience with knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro (or alternative design software);
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Ability to work with others to create and implement plans;
  • Commitment to learn more about policy areas the organization is working on, and become well-versed on the various subject issues;
  • Familiarity with education policy issues preferred;
  • Familiarity with Connecticut policy-making process preferred.

Personal Characteristics

  • Approachable and professional with the ability to build strong relationships and communicate across a diverse range of audiences;
  • Passionate about equity and solving Connecticut’s greatest social and economic challenges;
  • Creative and willing to explore new ways to better reach and communicate with people;
  • A willingness to learn about Connecticut’s state budget, school finance system, and related policies;
  • Ability and willingness to work in a nonpartisan manner with people of different political inclinations and different perspectives on education and state finance issues;
  • Independent, highly organized, and detail-oriented self-starter;
  • Energetic, hard-working, and enthusiastic team player;
  • Flexible, resourceful, and persistent;
  • Honest, ethical, and trustworthy;
  • Ability to be tactful and diplomatic in challenging situations;
  • An optimistic outlook and ability to move past challenges;
  • Sense of humor.

Physical Demands/Work Environment


The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Talk, hear, and see in the normal range with or without correction;
  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Move, Traverse; sit; reach; occasionally Ascend/Descend, and position self (to), move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Compensation and Benefits


Location: Work will be primarily performed remotely during the pandemic until the office reopens.

Compensation: The hourly rate for this position is $20.00.  This is a part-time position working 15-18 hours a week.

Benefits: This position is not eligible for benefits.


TSNE/School and State Finance Project envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/School and State Finance Project will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  


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