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Job Opportunity

Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership Intern 

Working Title:  Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership Intern
Role Title: Admin and Office Spec III - 19013
Pay Band: 03
Hiring Range: $15/hour
Unit/Location: Richmond (City) 760
Position Number: W0021
Job Type: Hourly/Wage
Closing Date: Open till filled

Job Description:

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), a state agency, is seeking a junior- or senior-year college student enrolled in a public relations, media, marketing, communications or digital communications major at a Virginia institution of higher education. The intern will work remotely with flexible hours.

About the Position:
This internship provides an excellent opportunity for an eager creative student to develop and implement the communications strategy for a brand new statewide program. The Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership or V-TOP (formerly the Innovative Internship Fund and Program) is a collaborative effort between SCHEV, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and Virginia colleges and universities. This unique-in-the-nation program is focused on significantly increasing the number and quality of work-based learning opportunities for Virginia students (paid internships, co-ops, apprenticeships, project-based experiences, etc.).

In addition to applying lessons learned in the classroom to outreach and communication activities related to V-TOP, the intern will (1) have the opportunity to learn about state government and higher education policy, (2) develop a statewide network of contacts at colleges, universities and companies, and (3) participate in senior-level management meetings.

The intern will work remotely under the direction of the Senior Associate for Communications & Outreach at SCHEV who is a seasoned professional with over 30 years’ experience in the public and private sector. The intern will also work closely with the lead staff for V-TOP and will be assigned a mentor. If an applicant faces barriers to working remotely, such as lack of a computer/laptop, software or a broadband internet connection, please describe the issues in the cover letter; SCHEV is eager to assist interns in removing obstacles to participation.

Job Duties:
With guidance from the supervisor, the intern will –
  • Develop a V-TOP-specific digital newsletter format, design and layout; gather content through Google alerts, subscriptions, submissions from employers and colleges/universities, etc.; read and select stories for the newsletter; assist in maintaining distribution list.<
  • Assist in writing press releases.
  • Create a social media plan to advance V-TOP goals and attract followers; monitor analytics
  • Develop social media content (primarily Twitter) and amplify messaging from V-TOP partner organizations.
  • Suggest enhancements to the V-TOP website and develop content for approved ideas; methodically maintain existing information on the website.
  • Monitor the email in-box for inquiries from the website, respond or forward issues to appropriate people (at SCHEV or the Chamber).
  • Assist with other communications about V-TOP, including outreach to institutions of higher education, presentations to executive leadership and advisory panel members, etc.
  • As available, participate in SCHEV staff activities such as monthly SCHEV Talks, staff meetings, ongoing organizational culture and values efforts (part of a larger statewide initiative on equity and diversity funded by the Lumina Foundation), etc.
  • Suggest new outreach and communication activities for SCHEV that align with the intern’s own interests and, if approved, design and implement them.
  • Be a voice for other students, advise V-TOP staff on needs and barriers they face, suggest strategies to engage students, etc.
  • Participate in intern performance evaluation at the mid-point and end of the internship through self-evaluation and guided reflection on work.
  • If the intern desires to earn academic credit for this experience, the intern will be responsible for connecting their instructor/advisor to the SCHEV supervisor; collaborating to define learning outcomes; informing the SCHEV supervisor of assessment/evaluation, reporting and documentation requirements; and ensuring that the SCHEV supervisor is provided with appropriate lead time to meet all deadlines for submission of documentation.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Junior- or senior-year college student enrolled in a public relations, media, marketing, communications or digital communications major at a Virginia institution of higher education.
  • Firm grasp of social media, communications and marketing skills, as demonstrated through course work, portfolio or other means.
  • Excellent written communication and strong editing skills, as demonstrated through a writing sample. (After hire, SCHEV will provide a style guide and guidance on using it.)
  • Experience and computer skills that demonstrate a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. (After hire, SCHEV will provide training on advanced skills as needed and also will train the intern to use the website platform.)
Preferred Qualifications:
Graphic design skills preferred. (SCHEV uses Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.)  
Cover letter, resume and short writing sample are required. Applicant may submit one or two additional samples of their work to demonstrate relevant skills.


Special Instructions to Applicants:
Time commitment: 10 to 15 hours per week from January 2021 to April 2021, with at least half the hours occurring between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. (Number of hours per week, days of the week, and start and end dates will be negotiated with the selected intern prior to start.) No benefits are associated with seasonal/wage positions. Maximum of 1500 working hours allowed in a 12-month period from May 1 to April 30 for seasonal/wage positions.

State applications will only be accepted as submitted online by 11:59 pm on the closing date through the Recruitment Management System (RMS). Applications submitted via email, postal mail, fax, or in person will not be considered. Applicants are expected to fully represent qualifications and work history on the State applications and or in resumes. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided in the application, resume, or other relevant documents provided; therefore, it is essential for applicants to supply detailed information. Submitting an incomplete state application/resume, or a state application/resume lacking in detail, may impact your interview eligibility. This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your RMS Account to check the status of your application for this position.

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