Educate Maine seeks a Summer Development & Communications Intern

May 21, 2021

Educate Maine is seeking a Development and Communications Intern for Summer 2021 to work across our programs. The position will report to the Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives and work with other team members across the state. This position will be primarily a virtual role with some in-person meetings to take place in Portland and/or Augusta.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in learning about nonprofit management. The intern will contribute to a wide range of projects primarily related to communications and fundraising, also event planning, research, and policy. Educate Maine is a small team and we are constantly developing new skills in order to extend our impact, which is also true for our interns. A great fit is someone who is energetic, takes initiative, enjoys learning across a wide variety of disciplines, has excellent attention to detail, and is a good communicator both orally and in writing.

The intern will do work in the following areas:

Development: research funders, write grants (with support), maintain fundraising database, and help us craft new fundraising campaigns and materials.

Communications: write and curate content (website, social media, newsletters) as part of Educate Maine’s 10-year anniversary campaign; collect stories to include on our Indicators website; help create one-pagers and new products that communicate education and workforce information to the public; learn new tools and use existing skills to manage our communications calendar and strategy.

Reports: research education and workforce data in Maine; contribute meaningfully to the design and the narrative for the 2021 Education Indicators Report; help conceptualize and complete data-oriented fact sheets and presentations on a variety of topics; prepare information and guidance for our graphic designer (or, if comfortable, create your own designs for our products using design tools).

Operations: help with event planning for the December symposium; manage registration lists; support the creation of databases for a number of purposes across programs.


This is a ~28-hour per week paid position. Hours will be 9am – 4pm Monday through Thursday, ending on August 6. The intern will be invited to participate in Maine Career Catalyst summer programming and events throughout the internship.


Intern requirements:
 Strong organizational skills and detail-orientation
 Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
 Ability to research information, organize it, and summarize it succinctly
 Strong sense of initiative
 Adept at critical thinking and problem-solving
 Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Suite
 Experience with WordPress and/or Canva is a plus, or willingness to learn


Please send your resume and a cover letter (explaining why this particular opportunity excites you and what skills you will bring to the organization) to Katherine Johnston by May 31: katherine@educatemaine.org.  Ideally, we’d like to have the candidate start as soon as Tuesday, June 8.

About Educate Maine:
Educate Maine champions career readiness by increasing the educational attainment of Maine people, enabling all students to succeed in postsecondary education and in the workplace. Landmark programs include the Maine Teacher of the Year program, Education Leaders Experience, Project>Login, and Maine Career Catalyst. More information is available at www.educatemaine.org.
Pay: $16.00 per hour

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