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American Red Cross - Blogger

Organization Name:
American Red Cross

Mission Statement or Organization Description:
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Job Title:
American Red Cross Blogger/Feature Writer

Job Description (intern’s roles and responsibilities):
Red Cross Bloggers and Feature Writers are a part of a creative content volunteer team that creates professionally written content for regional platforms including blogs, social media feeds, websites and other outlets.

Blue Sky Operations (when we are not in a disaster operation) involve activities such as the following:

  • Provide regular content for the Texas Gulf Coast blog. Blog posts are typically 300-500 words and assigned by the Communications team each month.
  • Write human interest stories that highlight the work of volunteers, leaders, donors, disaster victims, etc. Feature stories are typically 500-1,000 words and may require telephone interviews or face-to-face interviews.
  • Identify supporting visuals for blog and feature stories.
  • Work independently to find unplanned content related to Red Cross to share on the blog.
  • Proofread, edit others’ work as requested by Regional Comms Officer

During Grey Sky Operations (when we are responding to a disaster, like the recent Houston floods):

  • Interview affected families, obtaining a story and signed information release form for each interview
  • Submit stories to the public affairs desk before completing your shift
  • May be asked to shoot photos with your smart phone if a photographer isn’t available

Preferred Hours/Week:
20 – 30 hours per week preferred

Preferred Start Date:
ASAP

Preferred End Date:
To be determined up front with intern and UHD leadership; six months preferred.

Preferred End Date:
To be determined up front with intern and UHD leadership; six months preferred.

Workdays Each Week:
To be determined per discussions with student; two to three per week preferred.

Hours of Each Workday:
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Compensation:
Unpaid

Basic Skills Required:

  • Demonstrated AP style writer
  • Strong writing, editing, research and interpersonal skills
  • Must be familiar with basic computer operations and have the ability to upload content to the blog or by email remotely
  • Authentic, creative, engaging storyteller

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Bilingual skills—English/Spanish—are valued


Any Specific Requirements
:
Any student who interns with the American Red Cross must apply as a volunteer online at redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer. Once they do, they will need to complete the following courses:

  • New Employee and Volunteer Orientation (NEVO)
  • Public Affairs Essentials (Online)
  • Fundamentals of Disaster Public Affairs, National Response (Online)

Other online and in-person training may be required as well, depending upon the intern’s interests and needs.

NOTE: Prospective interns should speak with the Regional Communications Officer before initiating the volunteer application process.

Internship Contact:
Tyler  Moyer-tyler.moyer@redcross.org
281-728-6830
Redcross Site or Local web Redcross.

 

Last updated 11/13/2019 8:35 AM