Wikimedia Foundation is hiring a

Public Relations Intern

San Francisco, United States
Internship

Summary

The Communications team at the Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a Public Relations Intern to help tell the story of Wikipedia and its sister projects to the public. This person will gain hands-on experience in media relations and PR, including outreach, media monitoring, messaging development, interview and speaking preparation, and more.

The PR intern will be joining a group of dedicated and passionate people responsible for communicating important news and information for one of the world’s top websites. We’re looking for someone who is talented, passionate about our mission, and driven to change the world.

Description

The primary services and deliverables of this role are to support the core media and public relations responsibilities of this team.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Conduct and share research for inbound and outbound media opportunities, informing how we engage with reporters
  • Build detailed briefing documents for Foundation executives and staff to prepare for interviews and public speaking engagements
  • Develop media lists and identify key targets for proactive PR outreach
  • Monitor daily news for breaking stories and trends impacting the Wikimedia movement
  • Draft blog posts and social media content for announcements and PR messaging
  • Conduct general research for blog posts, social media, media pitches, messaging opportunities, and more
  • Build foundational outreach materials, for example an FAQ document and press kit

Desired Skills and Experience

Requirements

  • High energy for and commitment to the Wikimedia Foundation’s free knowledge mission
  • A strong interest in Communications and desire to learn about this field
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication, editing, and interpersonal skills
  • Detail-oriented and an interest in both independent and collaborative work
  • The ability to excel in a fast-paced, multitasking environment that often requires fast turn‐around
  • Strong research skills
  • Intellectual curiosity, flexibility, and a desire to tackle challenging problems
  • The ability to flourish in a highly transparent and collaborative environment and work on a team with diverse demographic and cultural characteristics

Pluses

  • Involvement or experience within Wikimedia communities and/or editing of the Wikimedia projects
  • Other languages - especially German, French, or Spanish
  • Knowledge of online community interaction and dynamics
  • Previous experience in PR or media relations
  • BA/BS or MA/MS

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation receive more than 431 million unique visitors per month, making them the 5th most popular web property worldwide. Available in more than 287 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 32 million articles contributed by a global volunteer community of more than 100,000 people. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants. The Wikimedia Foundation was created in 2003 to manage the operation of Wikipedia and its sister projects. It currently employs over 240 staff members. Wikimedia is supported by local chapter organizations in 40 countries or regions.

More Information

http://wikimediafoundation.org

http://blog.wikimedia.org