About the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) is the Commonwealth’s state unit on aging and the state’s agency focused on aging, older people, and their caregivers. The agency promotes the independence, empowerment, and wellbeing of older adults and their caregivers. EOEA’s mission is to ensure that older adults have opportunities to thrive in the community of their choice. This is a critical and exciting time to be working on aging services and communication strategy in state government.
Communications and Outreach Intern Description
EOEA is looking for an intern to support the agency’s work in communications and outreach. The intern will have the opportunity to spearhead and lead at least one communications and outreach project.
The intern will report to the Director of Communication and Strategic Initiatives and have the opportunity to regularly work with agency leadership and be exposed to various internal and external stakeholders. In addition, while they will be assigned one core project, they may also have the opportunity to support ad-hoc requests and/or attend meetings on behalf of the agency.
The intern may receive course credit for the internship and EOEA will work with the student to ensure all obligations for credit are met. Part-time and flexible based on student’s schedule, course work, and other obligations. This internship can be done either remotely or in a hybrid model with some remote and some in-person work. For any in-office work, the office is located at One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA.
Communication and Outreach Intern Responsibilities
The Executive Office of Elder Affairs will be undergoing a project to better understand the experience of consumer within the aging network and the current marketing, outreach, and communications assets and within the aging network. The Communications and Outreach intern will play a key role in working with the Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives to lead this work, as well as support communications needs within the agency.
- Work with program directors to inventory the agency’s public facing print materials.
- Work with the aging network, including the Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) and the Council on Aging (COAs) to hold focus groups and other forums to better understand the current landscape of the aging networks’ marketing materials and other communication and outreach assets.
- Assist the Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives in developing a brand for the agency’s public facing print materials, including a new agency logo.
- Support the agency’s online and digital presence through the creation of graphics and other assets for social media and other digital use.
- Collect and distribute press clips related to agency work and genera aging media coverage.
Communication and Outreach Intern Qualifications and Skills
The Communications and Outreach Intern will be asked to lead and support a variety of responsibilities requiring a mix of hard and soft skills.
- Self-starter and bring enthusiasm, initiative, and dedication.
- Excellent writing, interpersonal, and communication skills, including the ability to facilitate a meeting towards a certain objective or outcome.
- Enjoy diving into an issue yet are flexible as new imperatives or unpredictable challenges arise.
- Ability to bring enthusiasm, initiative, and dedication to a variety of tasks and projects – being a true “team player.”
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint is required. Ability to rapidly produce PowerPoint decks and visuals to aid in meeting facilitation and communication is preferred.
- Preference for someone with experience in graphic design, social media, and/or marketing (digital or print).
- A background or interest in public health, public policy, gerontology, and/or related fields would be particularly useful for this role.