WFSS Seeks Communications Intern at Penfield, NY Office

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Water for South Sudan (WFSS) delivers direct, transformative and sustainable quality-of-life service to the people of South Sudan by efficiently providing access to clean, safe water and improving hygiene and sanitation practices in areas of great need. The US 501(c)3 nonprofit organization was founded in Rochester, NY in 2003 by former “Lost Boy” of Sudan Salva Dut.

We are looking for a Communications Intern to assist in a number of areas.


WFSS seeks a motivated, organized and reliable individual to assist in communications and data projects. Position is unpaid but available for academic credit.


  • Update and maintain WFSS’s social media presence, including scheduling posts and ensuring all accounts portray innovative content

  • Draft monthly blog posts and press releases

  • Assess current fundraising materials available to donors and establish a Fundraising Kit of key resources, creating new documents where necessary

  • Assist in the development of the H2O Project by building an online platform or app

  • Collaborate with staff on new ideas and designs for marketing and communications

  • Assist as needed with WFSS map of wells, and interactive map of school supporters

  • Help maintain well data and donor database

Experience/Personal Qualifications:           

  • Completed or working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Public Relations, or a related field

  • Previous internship experience in non-profit work and/or public relations a plus

  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite required. Proficiency with Illustrator, InDesign, XD and Spark highly desired

  • Knowledge and prior use of social media platforms required

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with the ability to manage multiple tasks

  • Must have interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate in a professional manner

  • Commitment to WFSS mission

Start Date:             This is a fall internship that will begin in September 2019. Exact dates are negotiable.

Hours:                     8-10 hours per week

To Apply:              Please send a cover letter and resume to Elissa Rowley, by September 13, 2019