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ACLS Mission and Overview
Formed a century ago, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is a nonprofit federation of 78 scholarly organizations. As the leading representative of American scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, ACLS’s core principle is that knowledge is a public good. As such, ACLS strives to promote the circulation of humanistic knowledge throughout society. In addition to stewarding and representing its member organizations, ACLS employs its $170 million endowment and $38 million annual operating budget to support scholarship in the humanities and social sciences and to advocate for its central role in the twenty-first century.
Overview of Department
This role reports to the Director of Communications and work closely with the Communications Specialist and members of the program, membership, fundraising, and IT teams.
- ACLS is currently undergoing a website redesign process. The new www.acls.org site will more directly align with ACLS strategic priorities and better serve its various constituent groups.
- As part of this process, ACLS is seeking a Communications Intern to track, categorize, and organize existing website content in a spreadsheet, as well as help develop new content highlighting select programs, fellows, members, and donors.
- Reporting to the Director of Communications and working closely with closely with the Communications Specialist and members of the program, membership, fundraising, and IT teams, this internship will focus on providing basic analysis and organization of ACLS website content types and content mapping. In addition, this intern will produce a new content, including profiles, program overviews, and updates, as assigned.
- This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the communications aspect of organizational strategy. Through completion of this project, the intern will gain knowledge and experience on the technical and strategic elements of internal and external organizational communication, as well as attain valuable skills in website project planning, content management, and content development and strong additions to their writing portfolio.
This is a paid internship. The role is intended as a remote position for 3 months, 20-25 hours per week.
- Catalog all website URLs, published and unpublished, using the CMS content tree and third-party tools as needed
- Organize content by category
- Create a revised site map
- Participate in Communications Team and cross-departmental meetings as needed to discuss content and how it is organized on the website
- Create a final spreadsheet with all content, organized by type and illustrating the content map
- Draft and revise profiles, program overviews, and updates for publication on the ACLS website
- Must be currently enrolled in a degree program or a recent graduate (1-2 years) in Communications, Information Technology, or a related field;
- Experience in website content management and strategy;
- Strong project planning skills, highly organized, attention to detail, results oriented;
- Ability to multi-task, advance projects, and meet benchmarks on time;
- Creative thinker and problem solver;
- Ability to work collaboratively, as well as independently;
- Excellent interpersonal skills;
- Proficiency in MS Office Suite;
- Interest or experience in issues and challenges facing the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
ACLS is committed to addressing systemic inequalities in higher education through its programs, initiatives, and practices. In recognizing the existence of structures and systems that have historically and still hurt the most marginalized people in society, we believe our work in diversity and inclusion should center on these communities. We strongly encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and members of other historically and systemically disadvantaged groups, who are committed to fostering equity in the academy.