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Friday, May 27, 2011

Tweeting, Facebooking, and Connecting: Apply to be an Interactive Media Intern at Planned Parenthood of Illinois!


At our desks!
 Planned Parenthood of Illinois is looking for new interns to take over the important communications position of interactive media intern.We are the current interns and we thought we’d introduce ourselves and show you what it’s really like to work for PP!

As interactive media interns, we write blog posts, tweet news, information about events and legislation, record YouTube videos, post clips, photographs, cartoons, songs and more all in the name of connecting supporters to the organization of Planned Parenthood. It takes creativity, enthusiasm for the work of PP, and a good understanding of social media platforms like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and more.


Alana
Senior at Northwestern University (Class of 2011)
Major: Creative Writing/Business
Hobbies: YouTube surfing, Tweeting, singing, dancing.
Future Plans: Publishing Certificate Program at Columbia University.


As a girl who loves to write, I originally applied for the interactive media intern position because I wanted to work on crafting pieces for the digital space, whether that be formulating tweets with artful abbreviations, or writing blog posts that are punchy, concise, and easy to read. I discovered the internship is so much more then that! One of our major projects was to come up with new ways to gain more followers and interact with the online community of PP supporters. One memorable day, my photo-journalist friend Ray went out with Melanie and me to film people in the streets of downtown Chicago to get them to voice their support for PP in these tough times of anti-choice legislation. People from all walks of life jumped at the chance to show their support; it was truly an amazing experience. Our efforts to increase readership have gotten results too, since Melanie and I started here, our numbers on Facebook and Twitter have increased by hundreds. It’s really nice to see your creative ideas turn into something tangible.


This internship not only made me a fierce and dedicated supporter of Planned Parenthood and everything they do, but also gave me the wonderful feeling that I was really doing something to help the organization do what they do best: assist women/men/teenagers in staying safe, healthy, and happy. If you are interested in marketing, digital media, communications, social policy journalism, writing, or non-profit management, this internship will be invaluable to you.

Melanie
Junior at Depaul University (Class of 2012)
Major: Media and Communications/Women Studies
Hobbies: Reading, baking, photography, exploring.
Future Plans: Graduating early and finding a lovely feminist/activist job!

One of my favorite things about interning at PPIL has been how I’ve gotten to connect with people all over the country—supporters, volunteers, organizations, and other Planned Parenthoods. The huge onslaught of anti-choice legislation started popping up almost immediately after I started working here, and it was incredible to see how many people wanted to get involved. When Alana and I would sign onto the PPIL social media pages every day, we’d be overwhelmed with supportive messages. It was amazing to actually see groups coming together over an issue they cared about. Some people would leave comments and messages letting us know they called a representative, some would post events or videos, and others would drop us a line just saying hello. Being able to respond to them and thank them for their support was so cool—and they were genuinely appreciative and wanted to know what else they could do.

Many of my interning classmates end up making photocopies or answering phones all day, but here I’m given the opportunity to be creative and interact with our supporters. I was able to work with Molly, the Story Project Intern, as she created an awesome podcast series on comprehensive sex ed. I loved writing blog posts on everything from current legislative issues to Charlie Sheen. I had a great time posting articles and stories on our Facebook and Twitter and hearing the diverse opinions of our followers. It’s truly been a unique and invaluable experience. I’ll miss this internship immensely, but at least it will allow someone else to become involved in Planned Parenthood’s mission!

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