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Secular Student Alliance Hiring Two Paid Interns - Summer 2012


The Secular Student Alliance is hiring two full-time summer interns: one writing intern and one design intern, to collaborate in the creation of a new edition of our Group Running Guide.

Internship Details
These internships are volunteer positions, each ten weeks long, based in our office in Columbus, OH.  Each internship has a $200/week stipend.  Start and completion dates are flexible, as are breaks.  We require a ten-week commitment sometime between the mid May and early September.  The internships are 40 hrs/week and will take place during normal business hours except where otherwise noted.  Interns are responsible for arranging their own housing while completing the internship.   

We can be flexible in terms of time and stipend to meet academic requirements if the internship is to be performed for academic credit.  On a case-by-case basis, some work may be able to be done via telecommuting.

Internship Overview
The primary project for both internships is a complete revision of our Group Running Guide, the handbook for students starting and running secular student groups at high schools and colleges.  Interns will work as a close team to gather information on the best design for the Guide, to collect and synthesize information from a wide variety of sources, and to produce a finished electronic and print version of the Guide for future distribution.

We are looking for one Writing Intern and one Design Intern:  

1.  Writing Internship.  This position requires training and experience in writing, preferably technical writing.  The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of producing high-quality material on a deadline, whether for classes, extra-curricular activities, employment, or other areas.  This internship will be primarily responsible for drafting the content for the Guide.  Related majors may include (but are not limited to) English, writing/creative writing, journalism, or communications.

2.  Design Internship.  This position requires experience with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.  The primary goal of this internship is to develop a style for the Guide that is consistent with the SSA branding scheme, and is easy to navigate and use from a consumer perspective.  The design intern will play a vital role in developing the format of the Guide, and will do the majority of the layout, including graphics and photos.  Related majors may include (but are not limited to) art, graphic design, marketing or communications.

Both interns will be involved in the execution of our annual conference, July 6-8, 2012.  Attendance will be required throughout that weekend, but comp days will be provided.

Ideal candidates will have a high level of attention to detail, be quick learners, and be good at working independently once oriented to a task.  

Application Instructions
To apply for one of these internships, please send the following materials to hr.co@secularstudents.org.  Applications are due no later than March 20, 2012.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Answers to the screening questions below
  2. A writing sample or portfolio (see final screening question)
  3. References: name, phone number and email address for one work or activist reference, and one academic reference
  4. Your resume (optional)
  5. Please suggest three (or more) one hour-long blocks of time when you would be able to arrange a phone, Skype or in-person interview (weekends and evenings are okay, but not ideal)

Screening Questions

  1. Which internship (writing or design) are you interested in?  Why are you interested in this internship?
  2. Where are you a student?  What are you studying?  When do you plan to graduate?
  3. What was your college GPA?  Is there anything you’d like to say about it?  (If different from the normal 4.0 scale, please describe.)
  4. When would you be available to put in your ten weeks?
  5. How do you expect to benefit from the internship?
  6. Will this internship fulfill an academic requirement for you? If so, what conditions must the internship meet in order for it to qualify?
  7. What are your long-term career goals?  How does this internship fit into your long-term plans?
  8. Can you prove that you are either a citizen of the United States, or a legal worker and permanent resident?
  9. Have you been involved in some form of student activism or secular student organizations?  Off-campus freethought organizations? If so, briefly describe.
  10. Are you willing to be publicly known as a supporter of the freethought movement? (The two most controversial elements of that movement being: 1. promoting respect and equal rights for atheists, agnostics, humanists and others who do not believe in a god AND 2. profound skepticism of supernatural claims.)
  11. Do you have any reservations about collaborating with people who are much older or younger than you, or are of a different ethnic group, sexual orientation, or philosophical or political belief?
  12. What experience(s) from your activist/volunteer work or paid work experience do you expect to help you most for this internship? Why?
  13. From what you know about the SSA, what do you like best?
  14. From what you know about the SSA, what would you most like to see improve?
  15. Is there anything else you would like to make us aware of as we consider your application?
  16. Writing sample or portfolio.  In both cases, projects created for classes are completely acceptable.
    1. Writing Internship: Please provide a sample of your writing that demonstrates your ability to communicate complex information in an easy-to-read presentation.  This may be an original writing sample provided for this application or may be a previously written project.
    2. Design Internship:  Please provide a portfolio of your design work.  We are specifically interested in visual presentation, rather than artistic creativity.  Links to online portfolios are preferred to individual files.

The Secular Student Alliance supports a rapidly growing network of over 300 atheist, agnostic, and humanist groups on high school and college campuses.  Our mission is to organize, unite, educate, and serve students and student communities that promote the ideals of scientific and critical inquiry, democracy, secularism, and human-based ethics. The Secular Student Alliance is a 501(c)(3) educational, non-profit, public charity. We were founded in 2000 by students and recent students. We are headquartered in Columbus, OH.

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