Story Arts of Minnesota Intern

Internship Opportunity with Story Arts of Minnesota
Spring 2018

 

Story Arts of Minnesota (SAM) is a 503(c)3, all-volunteer nonprofit organization that promotes storytelling and develops and supports storytellers.

SAM seeks an intern to help us realize our Vision:

We imagine a society in which storytellers are recognized for their ability to provide a relevant, inspiring and transformative service to individuals and the community through the art and craft of spoken narrative. We envision SAM as a leader in promoting storytelling as a performance art form as well as fostering its application within such areas as education, historical interpretation, health care, psychotherapy, spiritual direction, and organizational life. SAM helps storytellers develop professionally and work productively within and across these fields. To accomplish this, SAM acts as a:

  • Connector of individuals, guilds and other partner organizations who come together to learn from each other, accomplish common goals, network and promote their trade;
  • Coordinator and producer of educational and performance events that provide opportunities for Minnesota storytellers to develop their craft and showcase their best work;
  • Clearinghouse of information about storytelling and storytellers;
  • Collector of organizational best practices and quality indicators that raise the community profile of storytelling.

SAM’s board recently held member listening sessions.  Two action items emerged as priorities: holding events so storytellers can connect face-to-face; and enhancing the organization’s online presence to foster stronger virtual connections, both among members and with the public.  We seek a part-time intern to assist us in creating a more effective, attractive, and content-rich website.  In addition, the intern will help us design a stronger, sustainable social media presence.

Rate of pay:   $500 stipend upon successful completion of internship

Hours per week:  5-10 hours per week; schedule to be negotiated with supervisor.

Duration of position:  One semester (Spring 2018)

Location:  Because SAM does not have an office, the intern is expected to work remotely.  The intern and supervisor will meet in public settings, such as coffee shops or libraries, as needed.

Supervisor:  Pam Schweitzer, President of SAM

Duties:

  • Re-design key pages and functions on the SAM website, storyartsmn.org. This will include developing new layouts, navigation, and interactive forms for the directory of storytellers, e-commerce/donations, news page/blog, etc.
  • Investigate options for improving how SAM uses Facebook (facebook.com/StoryArtsMN) and other social media, and make recommendations.
  • Investigate and make recommendations for creating links between the website and social media sites to streamline communication.
  • After board review and approval, implement recommendations for the website and social media.
  • Train SAM board members on updating and maintaining the website and social media pages.
  • Assist in promoting StoryFest, a one-day public celebration of storytelling.

Requirements:

  • Laptop computer and access to a reliable internet connection.
  • Working knowledge of website design and maintenance, including the use and customization of templates.
  • Working knowledge of Facebook features and tools.
  • Proven ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Preferred:

  • Successful experience building and/or maintaining a website using SquareSpace (squarespace.com/).
  • Interest in learning and applying best practices for organizational uses of the web and social media.
  • Appreciation of storytelling as an art form.
  • Interest in a career in the nonprofit sector, marketing, communication, or the performing and/or literary arts.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to:

Pam Schweitzer
pls2009@live.com