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Communications Intern

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Karen Organization of Minnesota

  • 5 people are interested

Duration: 3-4 month internship; Jan, 2022 - May, 2022 (start and end dates flexible)

Time Commitment: 8-12 hours per week; Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm (hours negotiable)

Work Location: 2353 Rice St., Suite 240, Roseville, MN 55113 (KOM Office); Most work will be done remotely, with some in-person work available dependent on COVID-19 situation.

Salary: Unpaid, but can be used for college credit

Reports to: Suzanne Olive, Volunteer Coordinator, and Alexis Walstad, Co-Executive Director

Position Description:

KOM is looking for a Communications Intern to help with social media content creation, design, and article writing. The Communications Intern will work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator and Co-Executive Director to increase awareness and support of refugees from Burma through the Karen Organization of Minnesota (KOM). This position offers the opportunity to acquire skills in several areas of communications and media.


Design and Social Media:

  • Draft posts for KOM’s social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram)
  • Photograph community events and KOM activities (and take videos when appropriate)
  • Create graphic design elements for outreach as needed
  • Design flyers and other materials for program recruitment
  • Update photos and media on KOM’s website as needed
  • Assist with promotion of events


  • Draft monthly newsletter content in English
  • Collect stories from KOM clients to illustrate the impact of its programs (interview staff, clients and others to gather stories for the newsletter that highlight KOM’s programs, mission, values or services).
  • Meet with staff to update information on KOM’s website as needed (new staff, program changes, etc.)

*Most work will be done remotely, with some in-person work available dependent on COVID-19 situation.


The ideal candidates for this position will have an interest in communications, graphic design, and/or journalism, and serving refugees from Burma in Minnesota.

Qualifications include:

  • Experience using and/or managing social media pages on Facebook and Instagram
  • Some graphic design experience (Canva preferred, or other similar design platforms)
  • Previous experience interviewing and writing content for school or an organization is beneficial
  • Proficiency using Microsoft 365 (Outlook, Teams, SharePoint), MailChimp, and WordPress is preferred
  • Proficient in English (speaking and typing)
  • Proficiency in S’gaw Karen, Pwo Karen, or Karenni, and the ability to type in Karen are beneficial, but not required
  • Some knowledge of the Karen community is beneficial
  • Video making skills are beneficial, but not required

To apply:

To apply, please fill out our online volunteer application and submit a résumé, a one-page writing sample*, and a design sample** in your application. You may also email or mail your documents to:

Suzanne Olive, Volunteer Coordinator

Address: Karen Organization of Minnesota

2353 Rice St., Suite 240

Roseville, MN 55113

Email: solive@mnkaren.org

Phone: 651-202-3112

*Writing sample should be one-page pulled from a finished essay, story, project, or other written work. You do not need to write a new piece for our application.

**Design samples should be submitted as a JPG, PNG, or PDF, created by the applicant, and can be of any subject. Examples of a design sample: flyer, brochure, postcard, social media graphic, poster, etc. You do not need to create a new design for our application, but can submit one you have already created.

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About Karen Organization of Minnesota


2353 Rice Street, Suite 240, Roseville, MN 55113, US

Mission Statement

Enhance the quality of life for all refugees from Burma in Minnesota.


Refugees from Burma, mostly from the Karen ethnic group, have been the largest group arriving in the United States for the past 7 years. After fleeing their home country and spending years in refugee camps, Karen people are eager to start their new lives here and build a better future for their children. More than 9,000 Karen and other refugees from Burma now live in St. Paul and its surrounding area, making it the largest Karen community in the country. Offering a wide variety of services in the heart of the Karen community in St. Paul, KOM has quickly become the "go-to" location for refugees from Burma to receive help from staff who share their language and culture. KOM serves over 1,500 refugees from Burma each year in one or more of its core programs: Employment Services, Social Services, Community Health, and Youth Academic and Social Support. In addition, hundreds of refugees come to KOM each month for assistance with various needs that aren’t covered by existing programs, such as reading mail, filling out paperwork, and advocating for their legal rights. Without this support, many refugees would be at risk of losing their jobs, housing, or other resources that give their family stability as they adjust to life in America. TA BLUT DOE MAH (thank you so much) for your support!

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2353 Rice StreetSuite 240Roseville, MN 55113



  • Social Media / Blogging
  • Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
  • Community Outreach
  • Journalism
  • Web Design
  • Video Production




  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3-4 months (potential extention upon request)
  • 8-12 hours per week; Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm (hours negotiable)

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