POSITION:   Communications Intern
REPORTS TO:  Katherine Tuider, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and Shayna McClelland, Public Relations Advisor
COMPENSATION: fixed fee internship with STIPEND
TERM: contract of 8-15 hours per week; six-month internship opportunity, starting immediately upon contract and ending May 30, 2018.

Job Description

We’re Looking for a Communications Intern! 

About Honolulu Biennial Foundation

Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that produces Honolulu Biennial, which takes place every two years, spread across various sites within the city and has a focus on exhibiting artists from the countries and continents linked by the Pacific Ocean. Honolulu Biennial debuted March 8th to May 8th, 2017 (HB17), featured 33 artists from over a dozen countries and Hawaiʻi, and welcomed 97,305 visits across nine exhibition sites. HB17 also offered 65 different public programs, and provided field trips to over 1,200 children across Oʻahu. Honolulu Biennial 2019 (HB19) will take place March 8th-May 5th, 2019.

Throughout the year, HBF serves the local community by presenting educational outreach programs, with an emphasis on programming for Hawaii’s youth, focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), as well as exhibitions and professional development opportunities for the local arts community.


Communications Intern

HBF seeks an emerging communications professional to help execute its communications and marketing plans for HB19, with emphasis on public relations, social media and HBF’s website. This role reports to the Executive Director and collaborates closely with the Public Relations Advisor.

The key responsibilities and duties of Communications Intern are:

  • Create, edit and publish content for HBF’s social media accounts, including Facebook and Instagram, in accordance with our Communications Strategy.

  • Update content on HBF’s website using Squarespace.

  • Monitor social media and website activity and report on statistics.

  • Build marketing emails and email lists utilizing Network for Good to promote upcoming HBF events and programs.

  • Draft member outreach, fundraising appeals, invitations, and newsletter copy

  • Provide support for timely printing, production and dissemination of wayfinding materials (signage) and print collateral as needed.

  • Liaise with the communications advisor to build and maintain media lists, contacting press as directed.

  • Maintain digital files, emails, and communications records such as press clippings and an image archive for HBF, as appropriate.

  • Coordinate production with videographers for social media content during HB19.

  • Availability to attend occasional evening and weekend meetings and events.

  • Assume other tasks and responsibilities as needed.


 Minimum Qualifications

  • B.A. degree and 1-2 years of communications experience; or an equivalent combination of education/experience.

  • Proven competency in writing appeals, website copy, and social media communications.

  • Must possess strong writing and editing skills.

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite or other photo editing programs.

  • Experience with Squarespace or other CMS a plus.

  • Proficient in executing administrative tasks across multiple platforms (Google Suite, Word, email, etc.).

  • Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, follow-through, and attend to details.

  • Highly motivated and ability to show initiative and work independently.

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, ability to take and synthesize direction, and work collaboratively with staff and volunteers.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in Hawaii.

  • Experience/interest with museums, arts centers, or other nonprofits.


How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, 2-3 examples or web links to your design work, social media posts, and/or writing samples and the names of three professional references to:

Katherine Tuider, Executive Director




This is a fixed fee internship contract of 8-15 hours per week with a paid monthly stipend that is commensurate with experience. This is approximately a six-month internship opportunity, starting immediately upon contract and ending May 30, 2018.


HBF is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.