Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.  CMAP developed and guides implementation of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. To address anticipated population growth of more than 2 million new residents, GO TO 2040 establishes coordinated strategies that help the region's 284 communities address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.  The agency and its partners are now developing ON TO 2050, a new comprehensive regional plan.

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Chicago, IL 60606, USA
Aug 21, 2019
Internship- Paid
JOB DESCRIPTION Position Purpose The Communications and Outreach Intern is responsible for helping to develop and manage CMAP content in a variety of print and electronic formats and assisting community outreach and engagement with CMAP partners, stakeholders, and constituents. Above all, the position requires excellent attention to detail that includes writing and editing skills, familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel, and some experience using social media and web content management systems. The ability to think critically and work independently is essential. Over the course of the internship, the intern will work on projects across a variety of policy and local governance issues. Prior employment experience is a plus. The candidate should be punctual in working the required hours and notify CMAP staff should there be any scheduling issues that necessitate absence or late arrival. RESPONSIBILITIES Assist in writing, editing, and quality assurance of long-form reports, short-form policy briefs, and publicity materials. Help develop and implement distribution strategies for various CMAP publications and reports via printed materials and other communications outlets (e-blasts, social media, direct media outreach, stakeholder engagement). Generate short-form content for the CMAP website (, including assisting with CMAPs Friday enewsletter, the Weekly Update, as well as writing social media content (for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube). Assist with research as needed. Help to prepare and distribute emails, press releases, and other news products. Help to prepare and distribute emails, press releases, and other news products. Help to maintain and improve the media contacts database. Help develop and implement outreach and engagement strategies and activities, such as workshops, forums. Assist with logistics for outreach events, both off-site and in CMAP’s offices. Willingness to support, and at times participate, in presentations and workshops to a variety of audiences including CMAP committees and external partners. Database management: Help maintain and expand community outreach database. Provide other assistance as needed to ensure effective external and internal communications and outreach for CMAP. QUALIFICATIONS The Communications and Outreach Intern must have excellent skills in writing and other forms of communication, including public presentations. The position also requires a demonstrated ability to quickly understand and communicate complex policy issues. Another primary requirement is attention to detail, including mastery of grammar and style necessary when writing for various public audiences. The intern must be a quick learner -- someone who is not afraid to ask questions and is willing to take on additional responsibilities and leadership. Strong time management and organizational skills are also necessary. intern must have proficiency with web and content management software and systems. Familiarity with HTML and other web languages is a plus but not required. Applicants should submit two to five writing samples from a wide range of formats (e.g., press releases, fact sheets, articles, reports, and other published works). Undergraduate applicants must be entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2019. B.A. degree in Journalism, Communications, English, Political Science, or other communications-intensive discipline recommended. Graduate applicants must be entering their first or second year in Fall 2019. M.A. degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Urban Planning, Journalism, or Communications also encouraged. Prior work experience should include demonstrated excellence in writing and other communications in a team environment. Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, Power Point. Specialized Technology - Adobe Creative Suite, web content management. This is a part time position beginning in September 2019. It could potentially continue into the 2018-19 school year, but that is not guaranteed. Minor start and end-date accommodations may be made upon request. This is a part time position beginning in September 2019. Remember to say you found this opportunity at