REPORTS TO: Communication and Program Manager

STATUS:  Unpaid Internship with a Stipend


The Communication Intern assists the Communication and Program Manager in fulfilling the Portland Parks Foundation’s mission of mobilizing financial and popular support for a thriving and accessible parks system for a healthy Portland.  The Foundation accomplishes this mission through delivering leadership, partnership and funding that advances a commitment to excellence, accessibility and good stewardship of our parks.

Application for the Intern position is open to any qualified candidate.  It may be suitable for undergraduate or graduate students seeking internship credits from their university who can commit 8+ hours per week.  Some of the work can be conducted off-site with computer and internet access.

Portland Parks Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, party or political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation or identity, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.  The Foundation has a commitment to equity and access in Portland’s parks and programs, and PPF actively encourages applications from diverse candidates.


·         Write content and create other media (images, info graphics, videos, etc.), for PPF’s blog, newsletter and social media channels.

·         Build online presence through ongoing interactions with followers, members, media, and partner organizations.

·         Draft press releases, letters to the editor, media advisories, and opinion pieces for local media.

·         Build and update media contact lists.

·         Work with Communication and Program Manager to track metrics for online campaigns.

·         Other projects as assigned.


·         Strong writing, editing and interpersonal communication skills.

·         Ability to work independently to complete assignments.

·         Access to computer and Internet.

·         Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Drive. Experience with Adobe Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator preferred.

·         Ability to transport oneself to evening meetings or in-person interviews all over Portland-Metro area.

·         Ability to attend a weekly 1 hour meeting with Communication Manager in downtown Portland office between 9-5 M-F.

·         Ability to sit or stand at a desk for several hours at a time.

·         Ability to lift and carry items of moderate weight (such as boxes of brochures, landscaping tools or event t-shirts).


COMPENSATION:  This is an unpaid internship.  Students will be given a $500 stipend per credit hour requested for the internship to cover costs associated with the internship up to a limit of $2000 for 4 credit hours of internship experience.  Internship paperwork from the intern’s educational institution is required immediately after selection.

TO APPLY:  Please submit resume, one writing sample and unofficial transcript in one PDF saved with the applicant’s name to the Communication and Program Manager at and include “Communication Intern” in the subject line. No phone calls please.  Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible.   Position open until filled.