Marketing & Communications Intern

This is a part-time paid summer internship opportunity available May through July (may start in April and/or may extend into August if the student wishes.)

Reports to:        Executive Director


Leadership Rochester Organization

Leadership Rochester (LR) provides community leadership education to adult professionals and high school youth committed to strengthening Greater Rochester. Established in 1991, LR is small nonprofit with broad connection to the community.

 Position Summary

In active partnership with the Executive Director, this individual will help strengthen Leadership Rochester’s branding, marketing, and communication efforts for our educational programs and upcoming summer events.


Work with our Marketing committee to strengthen branding efforts for the organization including interviewing alumni, crafting narratives, and helping to develop targeted communication language.
• Design, author, and publish e-newsletter, printed program, and marketing materials.
• Create marketing calendar.
• Create and publish content for social media platforms including LinkedIn, Facebook, Insta, and Twitter.
• Update website as needed.
• Attend Leadership Rochester programs. (Example: Adult program one full Friday a month)

  • Strong written and verbal business communication skills.
  • Skilled at Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Familiarity with MailChimp for e-newsletter communications or willingness to learn
  • Experience with Canva or familiarity with graphic design software or willingness to learn.
  • Comfort with Social Media platforms including LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
  • Comfort with light content updates to website (programming not required)
  • LR provides opportunities for skill development based on the individual’s personal performance and learning goals.
Opportunities for Professional Development and Learning Potential:

This is a paraprofessional student leadership position. The individual will

  • Develop strong business networking skills.
  • Meeting with diverse local leaders across Rochester.
  • Receive coaching and leadership development.
  • Develop a broad understanding of the community systems of Greater Rochester including government, business, nonprofit, and community development.
  • Learn about messaging, writing, and business communication and office acumen.
  • Develop applied meeting facilitation skills.
  • Learn nonprofit governance and management skills.
  • Support comprehensive Branding and messaging portfolio for organization in partnership with Director.
  • Develop social media and marketing calendar in partnership with Board and Director.
  • Students interested in marketing and communications, civic engagement, government, economic development, criminal justice, law, community development, nonprofit governance, and other disciplines will find that Leadership Rochester provides opportunity to deepen one’s understanding of community systems and topics related to all of the aforementioned areas.
Hours & Compensation
  • Hours are flexible to accommodate great candidate. Remote work is acceptable. But commitment to holding some weekly office hours will be beneficial to ensure your paraprofessional learning during the internship. We understand students have busy schedules and often carry multiple jobs and commitments so needs can be discussed.
  •  Physical attendance may be required at select public events including:  May 13, June 2, June 3, June 10, July 28.

Wage                       $600 per month stipend

Hour Expected:      15-20 hours per week




  1. Review our website to learn more about our organization and our programs
  2. Email the Executive Director, Gwen Van Laeken at
  3. Please include the email subject line: “Marketing Position”
    b. Include a cover letter regarding your interest.
    c. Attach your resume outlining your skills and experience.  As an alternative a hyperlink to you complete linkedin profile may be accepted.