Back to News

Fall 2016: Embrace Richmond - Story Intern

Aug 25, 2016

Posted in: Internships & scholarships, Journalism internships

Embrace Richmond seeks to strengthen communities from the inside out.  We do this by training and coaching community leaders in Asset Based Community Development (ABCD.) Asset-Based Community Development is a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development.   Our core belief is that great neighbors make neighborhoods great. 

Every year, Embrace Richmond identifies 4-6 neighborhood residents from low income communities who are awarded “Great Neighbor Grants” to support grass-roots efforts to improve their own communities.  The story intern will follow these grant recipients through various stages of developing their respective projects and will capture their stories which will be shared on our blog, through partner blog sites and where appropriate with media outlets.

General Duties of Story Intern:

  • Conduct interviews of Great Neighbor recipients and capture their stories in a succinct and captivating manner that helps our donors and supporters understand the impact these leaders are having.
  • Conduct interviews with those who ultimately benefit from the Great Neighbor projects in a way that educates the general public about the impact that ordinary neighbors can have on neighborhoods.
  • Document these interviews and produce a one page write up that includes an image and any supporting graphics that are helpful in telling the story that will be shared on our blog.
  • Work with the story team to produce 1-3 minute videos about each of the grantees and the impact of their work. 
  • Coach the neighborhood leader in how to tell their story in a way that others will catch the vision and want to be a part of their work.

Qualifications applicants should possess:

  • Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communications skills.
  • Interviewing skills, and the ability to draw out the stories of interviewees.
  • A self-starter, self-motivated, with demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Consistent attention to detail, organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Comfort with and ability to travel to low-income neighborhoods to conduct interviews across RVA.


Training includes:

  • Community interviewing techniques using appreciative inquiry approaches.
  • Storytelling skills using a hero’s journey format.
  • Training in asset-based community development and effective community listening processes and desired outcomes.

This internship is offered year round. Hours are flexible. This is an unpaid internship. Applicants should e-mail resume, two written references and writing samples to:

Wendy McCaig, Executive Director, E-mail: Phone 804-218-4320  

Embrace Richmond’s corporate headquarters is at 1010 W. Laburnum Ave., Richmond Va.