Marketing Intern

Portland, OR

Friends of the Children is a youth-serving national nonprofit. Like all children, the youth we serve have unique talents, varied interests and big dreams. Unlike other programs, we exclusively focus on children who are also facing many systemic obstacles. Children who have experienced multiple adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) by the time they reach kindergarten. Children in foster care. We hire and train paid, professional mentors called Friends whose full-time jobs are to support our youth to succeed. Each child has a Friend from as early as age 4 through high school graduation—12+ years, no matter what. We are currently seeking an intern to support our marketing and communications efforts on our National team.   

At Friends of the Children, we put children first and use our values to change the way the world treats and views our most vulnerable youth. As our Marketing Intern you will help small, nimble and mighty marketing team amplify the voices of the children, families, and communities we serve through email, social media, and the National website. Are you ready to use your skills to make a national impact? If so, the role of Marketing Intern might be for you.

Curious to learn more? See the position details below.

Basic Function / Position Objective:

 The Marketing Intern is responsible for supporting plans to reach the organization’s strategic goal to brand Friends of the Children as one of the most recognizable and respected nonprofit organizations in the nation.

 This position reports to the National Manager of Marketing & Online Fundraising and is accountable for both quantity and quality of public-facing communications, including social media, website, email, fundraising and earned media. The position will work closely with the Manager in executing strategies to ensure increased awareness translates into increased donation support.

 Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Produce budget-friendly videos for campaigns and initiatives.
  • Support various website projects, including a website redesign project.
  • Write original content for website, e-newsletter and social media channels or identify and follow up with content providers (staff, volunteers, community leaders) to ensure diverse voices are represented. Work with team to ensure website and social media content are accurate, current, engaging, and support organizational messaging strategies.
  • Manage social media calendar and grow social media following.
  • Write content for communications toolkits for network chapters and affiliates.

Experience, Skills and Knowledge: 

  • Experience with communications directed at diverse constituents and market segments.
  • Understanding of and experience working with diverse communities, low-income communities, social justice advocates and diversity/inclusion initiatives a plus. 
  • Strong computer skills are essential: Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Teams/Zoom, Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, Mailchimp, Content Management Systems.
  • Preference for experience with video editing and production, including Adobe Premiere Pro proficiency.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent project management skills – strong attention to detail and ownership for project timelines. Ability to effectively manage several projects concurrently, meet deadlines and communicate status effectively.
  • Self starter with high level of initiative and willingness to learn.

 What to Expect from Internship:

  • Gain an understanding of important social and economic issues our youth face and how our program helps end the cycle of generational poverty.
  • Weekly one-on-one interaction with the Manager and Chief Expansion Officer to discuss projects and opportunities for creative input. 
  • Interact with the national team on activities related to fundraising/development, marketing, research, program evaluation, policy and nonprofit management. 
  • Develop suite of communications skills that will translate in a marketing, strategic communications, development/fundraising, journalism and/or nonprofit management setting.
  • Gather source material from a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional outlets.
  • Develop a compelling, conversational writing style that will benefit him/her in whatever career he/she seeks.


Currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate-level marketing/business, multimedia design, communications, public relations or journalism classes or program at an accredited community college or university.


This internship will be performed virtually due to the pandemic. In-person meetings may resume when it is safe to do so.

 To apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant portfolio work for consideration by Sunday, March 7.

 Friends of the Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to addressing discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity. The equal employment opportunity policy of Friends of the Children provides fair and equal opportunities for all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law. Friends of the Children hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.

Friends of the Children is growing rapidly as communities across the country are experiencing the power of how “One” changes a child's story: One Friend. One Child. 12 ½ years. No matter what. #ThePowerOfOne

Learn more at or find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @FriendsNational.