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Intern, Communications

Alexandria, VA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

1 - 2 years of experience
High School Diploma
Less than $20,000 per year

Published on 25 May 2023

Expires on 2 Jun 2023

Intern, Communications


Interns at United Way Worldwide gain valuable learning and working experience at a leading nonprofit organization. Our goal is to make every intern who works with us learn about the area of work they believe they plan to pursue after graduation.  We want each intern to feel included, valuable, and productive in the department in which they are assigned.   In addition to the hands-on experience, you’ll receive working at the largest nonprofit in the world, you will be provided with weekly meetings led by subject matter experts and professional development workshops when available. 


The internship opportunities are open to current students attending a college or university and will be within 2 years of graduating. Applicants must be eligible to work within the United States and have all documentation at the time of their application, including a Social Security Number. Internship schedules will generally be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, days where we have the most staff on site.


Communications Team, UWW   Marketing Communications Dept. 

Our team is responsible for telling the story of United Way and its impact in communities around the world, on external communications channels (PESO, or Paid, Earned, Shard Owned) and equipping our 1,100 local United Ways to tell their story effectively in their communities,


As a Communications Intern, you will have a bird’s-eye view of the workings of a fast-paced, high-energy Marketing Communications Department. We work collaboratively, so there will be opportunities for “on the job training” and digging into real-life communications projects. 


You may be pulled in to support content creation for digital and traditional platforms including Web copy, blog posts, brochures, infographics, fact sheets, and template communications tools for the United Way network

You’ll also be detailed to help execute on varied tasks for various communications plans for events and projects, which might include PR, network communications, social media, and more.


  • Write clearly, concisely, and quickly
  • A knack for story-telling 
  • Understanding of news, and what makes  a story
  • Strong research skills, to hunt down inspiring United Way stories 


  • Familiarity with AP Style 
  • Some experience – school projects or internships – that let you learn how to create content for traditional and digital platforms. 
  • Solution-oriented, strategic thinker and communicator
  • Relationship builder and collaborator
  • Strong cultural competencies and ability to effectively communicate to a diverse, global audience
  • Experience with design software a plus


  • Weekly meetings and supplemental professional development workshops provided onsite for the summer intern cohort
  • Complete a learning plan according to school’s requirements for those receiving a grade
  • Chance to meet and work with nonprofit subject matter experts and leaders at UWW
  • Free coffee & tea onsite
  • Free parking at United Way Worldwide’s parking garage
  • Near Blue/Yellow Metro line (Braddock Metro Station) and then board Alexandria Free Dash bus that has stops directly across from our building


This internship takes place at the United Way Worldwide office at 701 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314.

TIMEFRAME:  Summer 2023 for 8 weeks; 20 hours weekly

PAY:  $20 per hour


United Way Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, marital status, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, and other legally protected characteristics, in accordance with applicable laws. The EEO is the Law poster is available here: If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please e-mail or call 703-836-7100 and provide the nature of your request and your contact information.



We take the broadest possible view of diversity. 

We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are.

We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and progress our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.

We believe that each United Way community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to solving community problems.

We strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work.

We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities.

Join us in embracing diversity, equity and inclusion for every person in every community.