Digital Communications Intern – Cambridge, MA

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) seeks an exceptional and creative communicator to support the digital communications efforts of the Programming and External Relations (PER) team. Reporting to and working closely with the PER team’s Editor and Writer, this will be a 4-day per week position for a three-month term (June-August) providing vital support across digital communications channels with a focus on social media. There will also be opportunities to help design and lead special projects to analyze, assess, and improve CEP’s digital strategy.

This is an opportunity to help advance CEP’s organizational mission of creating insight so philanthropic funders can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness. If you are seeking a mission driven and socially meaningful digital communications opportunity to support a highly motivated and dynamic team in a fast-paced environment, we encourage you to apply.

The selected candidate should plan on a start date on or around June 3 for a 10-12-week term (exact start date and term to depend on schedules and will be agreed between candidate and hiring manager). This internship pays $20/hour.

The Ideal Candidate

  • You are a strong communicator with a passion for conveying nuance, accurately representing research, and producing high-quality and engaging messaging
  • You are highly organized, have excellent judgment, and can responsibly assume an external-facing communications role
  • You are comfortable, and even prefer, working in a highly collaborative environment
  • You are interested in the “analysis” side of digital communications, gathering data on campaign performance and offering strategic insights to improve how CEP engages and grows its audience
  • You have an excellent eye for design and visual storytelling, and experience designing visual assets for social media
  • You bring a positive attitude and enthusiasm to your work and are excited for the opportunity to learn and take on stretch projects

Key Responsibilities

  • Create and post original content for CEP’s social media channels, with a focus on Instagram, working in a highly collaborative manner with the Editor and Writer
  • Design graphics, infographics, and stories using Adobe Express and other tools
  • Develop and record short videos showcasing CEP’s research, podcast, blog content, and other resources
  • Maintain a pipeline and posting schedule for Instagram and other social media posts with an eye toward big-picture communications strategy
  • Monitor and respond to comments and messages from CEP’s followers and partners
  • Analyze and report on social media metrics and trends
  • Research and identify best practices and emerging platforms for digital communications
  • Support other communications projects as needed

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student in communications, marketing, journalism, or a related field a plus
  • Excellent communicator in both written and visual mediums and experience with one or more graphic design software
  • Skilled with social media communications, especially Instagram
  • Proficiency in Adobe Express or similar design software
  • Excellent writing, editing, and visual storytelling skills
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively


This role will be based in our Cambridge, Massachusetts office in the heart of Central Square. The role will be hybrid, with in-person expectations three days a week.

About CEP

For over 20 years, CEP has led the movement to improve philanthropy through a powerful combination of dispassionate analysis and a passionate commitment to improving lives. CEOs and trustees of grantmaking institutions as well as individual donors have come to rely on our research for insights on a wide range of topics, from assessing performance to developing strategy to managing stakeholder relationships.  More than 350 grantmakers around the world have used CEP’s assessment tools to gather honest feedback from their stakeholders in an effort to learn how to be even more effective. Our highly regarded programming—including our biennial conference—gives philanthropic leaders an exclusive and unprecedented opportunity to connect with their peers. Through custom workshops and peer learning cohorts, our new Learning Institute supports funders in driving changes in their philanthropic practice. CEP is based in Cambridge Massachusetts, with a second office in San Francisco, California. Strengths of CEP’s work culture are entrepreneurialism, accountability, teamwork, collegiality, diversity, and mutual respect.

To Apply

Please fill out our application for employment and attach a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. If you have any questions, please contact Leaha Wynn, Sr. Manager, People & Culture and D&I Strategist or Alyse d’Amico, Vice President, People & Culture and Advisor to the President at jobs [at] cep [dot] org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

We believe that a diversity of thoughts, experiences, backgrounds, personalities, and identities helps us think bigger and better, and enables us to reach our goals more effectively. We are committed to building a diverse staff and encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply.

Once a candidate begins our process, we discourage outreach to our staff for interviews or conversations that are outside our standard interview process. We have worked hard to design a process that is fair and rigorous and achieves a good match between candidates and CEP.

We evaluate candidates based on their merits. We strongly discourage unsolicited references. We will ask for references if and when a candidacy reaches a finalist stage.