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Spring 2022: Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (VCU School of Education) - Communications Intern

Dec 18, 2021

Posted in: Advertising internships, Internships & scholarships, Journalism internships, Public Relations internships

Description of Organization: 

Established in 1991 as a partnership between Richmond-area school divisions and Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Education, the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium leads research that addresses enduring and emerging issues in PK12 education with the goal of informing policy, building the professional knowledge and skills of key stakeholders, contributing to the body of scholarly knowledge, and ultimately impacting outcomes relevant to students, schools, and communities.

Primary purpose of internship: 

This intern will work together with MERC staff to develop an effective communications and social media plan, with the aim of delivering information about MERC’s work to a diverse audience including MERC’s partner school divisions (200 schools, 11,000 teachers, and 160,000 students) as well as state and national education audiences.

Intern Responsibilities: 


  • Help to develop, execute, and monitor an effective social media plan.
  • Update, maintain, and enhance the MERC website. 
  • Work with MERC staff and the School of Education communications department to draft ideas for social media updates, press/news releases, etc. 
  • Create marketing materials and assist with various graphic design projects.
  • General project support. 

Intern Qualifications: 

  • Candidates should have strong interpersonal, writing and skills. Knowledge of journalism and public/media relations are helpful. 
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) 
  • Knowledge of or ability to produce basic graphic design projects using software such as Adobe Creative Suite or Canva. 
  • Ability to work on projects independently. 
  • Computer access to complete work related to the internship.


  • This internship is fully remote and unpaid, with the possibility that it could lead to a paid part-time position. 
  • This internship requires 6-9 hours per week. 
  • The internship may be taken for credit (MASC 493), but this is not required. ● This internship is offered year round; hours are flexible but must have some meeting availability Monday-Friday between 8am and 5pm. 


Applicants should complete our application at the following link (

If you have any questions about MERC or this application, please contact MERC's director, Jesse Senechal ( 

Visit MERC’s website for more info about its work: