Willenborg Civic Action Internship – Communications Division of SEIU-HCII

Job title: Willenborg Civic Action Internship – Communications Division of SEIU-HCII

Company: Dominican University

Job description: Job Title: Willenborg Civic Action Intern

Department: Civic Learning

FLSA Status: Stipend

Number of Positions Available: 2

Dates of Internship: Spring 2022

Communications interns will work as members of the SEIU HCII communications team and, in partnership with HCII divisions and communications staff, will develop a working database of member and worker spokespeople, and resource that database with pertinent information gleaned from existing resources and interviews with members and workers, including identifying and contact information, workplace details, issues of importance, and especially quotes, stories, pictures and videos. Interns will develop these resources into polished videos and social media memes, newsletter articles, blog posts and other final products in collaboration with members of the communications and research teams (including research interns as appropriate) and divisions, for use in ongoing campaigns and projects and the regular member and worker engagement projects of the union.

Interns will also have an academic mentorship experience on campus with Liesl Orenic, Professor of History, labor scholar and former labor organizer.

Interns will:

  • Work an average of 20 hours a week during the Spring semester
  • Receive an orientation to HCII’s mission, vision, divisions (industries in which the union represents workers) and ongoing communications team and work.
  • Engage directly with the union’s different divisions and meet and interview members and workers
  • Have an opportunity to develop interviewing, writing, organizing, video, photo and social media skills
  • Learn storytelling skills and how to use general messaging and message goals and objectives to guide storytelling and story development
  • Have opportunities to shadow communications and organizing staff and participate in rallies, protests, member meetings and other field activities


  • Ability to participate in professional environments, with people from varying demographic identities, collaborating in teams.
  • Ability to learn in an environment/team in which all details are not defined and seek guidance and information as needed
  • Ability to be organized, maintain a calendar, and keep track of individual and shared projects.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to speak, read and write English with high proficiency. Bilingual in English and Spanish is a plus.
  • Must have basic competency using Microsoft Office and Google Docs applications for word processing, spreadsheet utilization and presentations (i.e., MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive and Zoom) on desktop and mobile platforms.
  • Must possess basic competency using email and electronic calendar applications (e.g., MS Outlook, Gmail, or Google Calendar.)
  • Interest in learning about social media and public relations applications, programs, and strategies
  • Strong commitment to economic and racial justice and an interest in how economic and racial justice intersect in the lives of low-income workers and low-income communities of color
  • Must be currently enrolled at least part-time as a degree-seeking Dominican Student
  • Must be eligible for US Employment

Academic Mentors will:

Meet regularly with interns in the weeks preceding the start of the internship to support intern preparation.

  • To help them become knowledgeable about the work and mission of the union, the social, economic and political issues SEIU addresses through the specific assignment of the internship.
  • To support the intern in the professional expectations of the internship setting. Answer questions, talk through workplace scenarios, advise on time management, workplace behavior and self-advocacy.

Meet regularly during the internship to serve as a resource, to guide and support the intern and help them navigate any questions or concerns.

Help the intern relate their internship experience with academic and vocational goals.

Academic mentors should expect to meet for a total of 10 hours or more before and during the internship.

Academic Goals:

  • Cultivate capacity for open-minded and effective communication about issues of public concern,
  • Further develop ability to research issues, analyze different points of view, and take informed stands on policy debates, or
  • Deepen their understanding of how political power, social practices and policies have impacted the sites and people they engage within community-based learning, internships, or study away experiences

Expected salary:

Location: River Forest, IL

Job date: Fri, 08 Oct 2021 01:51:57 GMT

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