Cause Areas


Mon Jun 04, 2018 - Fri Aug 24, 2018


2446 University Ave W, Suite 110St. Paul, MN 55114


Volunteer Description - Public Relations Intern

Organization Summary: The Arc Minnesota is a non-profit, grassroots advocacy organization supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc helps people address issues such as early intervention, education, transition to adulthood, employment, housing, health care, guardianship, transportation, supports available to families/caregivers and on policy issues at local, state and national levels.

Position Summary: Assist with public relations efforts of The Arc Minnesota and The Arc’s Value Village thrift stores. Position focuses on communication of The Arc’s Value Village thrift store and The Arc Minnesota brands. Position is also responsible for positively increasing the presence of The Arc brand online and reports to the Thrift Marketing Manager and the Chief Marketing Officer.


  • Assist in developing a communications plan including strategy, goals and tactics
  • Research and categorize media partners by needs, focus and style
  • Draft press releases that target specific media partner
  • Leverage social media to influence the press release
  • Monitor, analyze and communicate PR results to team
  • Build external relationships with key media to grow awareness
  • Maintain an understanding of industry trends and make recommendations
  • A written recap of their experience and what they learned from their internship with Arc
  • Other duties as requested

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Gain experience in public relations and communications contributing to a nonprofit supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Gain a working understanding of public relation processes and analytics
  • Expand professional portfolio and knowledge of marketing, public relations and communication
  • Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance and communication to multiple audiences
  • Demonstrate skill in effective use of resources and time management
  • Attend to professional roles and boundaries


  • Understanding and interest in PR
  • Marketing, advertising, communications education.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, with great attention to detail, not limited to grammar and punctuation.
  • Solid experience with social media and analytics.
  • Excellent problem solving, time management, multi-tasking and initiative oriented skills
  • Committed to furthering Arc’s mission and acceptance and inclusion of the disability community

Time Commitment: A public relations focused position available May/June - end of August 2018 with the possibility of extending thru the 2018-2019 school year if both parties agree. Must be available 2-3 days and 10-12 hours a week. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm with occasional evenings and weekends if needed. An exit interview will also be conducted to gauge intern experience and to make recommendations for improvement. Includes a $1000 stipend payable in August or the utilization of work-study if eligible.

Attention: Michelle Theisen

The Arc Minnesota | 2446 University Ave W, Suite 110 | St. Paul, MN 55114

Phone: (952) 920-0855 | Fax: (952) 920-1480

E-mail: michelletheisen@arcminnesota.org


  • Public Relations

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