Department: Communications Department (Cantigny Park) Reports to: Communications Officer Location: Wheaton, IL
About the Communications Department
Cantigny Communications Design and Media team is responsible for the visual branding of Cantigny Park, Cantigny Golf, Museums and Gardens. We are the brand managers and the voice of the park and its entities. We work within the digital design landscape, including various social media platforms, campaigns, photography, videography and editing to visually market the park attractions, events and programming. Our team manages all visual content including graphic design, publishing, advertisement, signage management, brochures, video, photography and all marketing collateral. Additionally, we maintain social platforms for three entities, develop and cultivate relationships with our followers, and play a direct role in social media growth for the park, golf and museums.
Opportunity: Social Media Intern
This internship is designed to introduce college seniors and recent graduates to the field of marketing and communications in the nonprofit recreation sector through the lens of visual and digital design. Interns will gain exposure in social media, photography/videography, special events marketing, development of internal and external communication strategies and much more. Upon completion, an intern will foster a deeper understanding of the marketing and communications field and gain the experience of working in a professional office environment and cultural institution.
Cantigny Park is seeking a forward-thinking, smart and creative individual with excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, to work in its Communications Department. The ideal candidate will have a well-rounded marketing communications and branding skill set, with a strong background in the digital design landscape, including various social media platforms, campaigns, photography, videography and editing. Ideal candidates will be comfortable engaging in a variety of digital visual marketing projects and campaigns, while playing a role in social media growth for the park and museums. This is a full-time position (approx. 40 hours/week) from June through August 2019 that reports to the Communications Officer at Cantigny Park.
Create/curate meaningful content through writing, photography and video to engage our online community on social network platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest
Stage and photograph various parts of the park operation from gardens, museums and events to food, products and guests for use on social and print
Develop and execute unique social media campaigns to engage our millennial audience
Develop a content calendar for the park summer and fall events
Research products, platforms and trends as they relate to Cantigny operations for posting/sharing and create reports to present finding to social team
Monitor, track and analyze social media results for monthly electronic media report to share with CEO and staff
Help create email and direct mail campaigns for Cantigny members
Recent college graduate or graduate student with knowledge of and experience with social media campaigns and photography (videography skills preferred)
Deep familiarity with social media platforms, particularly Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest with an ability to create content in the appropriate voice for the organization
Creative and innovative thinker with the ability to understand the role of social media in an event-driven organization
Must attend programs and events to capture visual content and post live
Must have a car or reliable transportation and be willing and able to work some weekends and evenings
Efficient and effective multi-tasking and time management skills
Detail-oriented, inquisitive, and thoughtful
Team player, with the ability to work independently when needed
Demonstrated passion for the Foundation’s values with commitment to deliver results measured against the Foundation’s mission
Outstanding interpersonal skills and experience building relationships with multiple stakeholders by listening to new ideas, encouraging dialogue, and inspiring people to work towards common goals
Excellent writing and presentation skills, particularly in communication with diverse constituencies in a variety of settings
Basic computer skills including use of Microsoft Office Suite
All offers are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screening
Required Application Materials
Submit resume, cover letter, and two writing samples
Two samples of social media posts, stories, or campaigns that you have created yourself or that you admire (screen shots/links)
Optional: a video project you have worked on
Internal Number: 6302608158
About Cantigny Park (part of Robert R. McCormick Foundation)
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is dedicated to fostering communities of educated, informed, and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic grant-making and Cantigny Park, the Foundation works to make life better in Chicagoland. The McCormick Foundation, among the nation's largest foundations with more than $1.5 billion in assets, was established in 1955 upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune.
Cantigny Park, part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is the 500-acre Wheaton estate of Robert R. McCormick. It is home to the McCormick House, First Division Museum, formal gardens, picnic grounds, walking trails and a Visitors Center with banquet and dining facilities.