KEEN Footwear: Seeking Communications Intern (Summer 2020)

With Who:  KEEN Footwear

Location:  Portland, OR

Dates:  Summer 2020

Position Summary:  As one of the fastest growing brands in the outdoor industry, we’re offering college students a unique opportunity to view KEEN from the inside out. Our summer KEENtern program provides students relevant and valuable hands-on work experience in 10 busy weeks at the global headquarters in Portland, Oregon.

We’re looking for students who have a strong passion for: creating their own opportunities, seeking innovative solutions, playing any place without a ceiling, and caring for the world around them. Having a diverse background and a willingness to learn in a fast-paced, innovative environment is a plus.

This program includes:  

  • A cross-departmental group project with 8-10 other KEENterns
  • The opportunity to work on meaningful projects and present to senior staff
  • Living in Portland – hip city life, easy access to all your outdoor favorites, and the best place to be if you’re interested in the footwear and outdoor industry
  • Paid housing, travel stipend, and transit pass
  • Mentoring and career building workshops lead by industry experts
  • Experience our values by participating in company volunteer event

Program Requirements:  

  • Work experience preferred, including but not limited to: work study, volunteer, internships, hospitality industry, administrative or office work, etc.
  • Current student or recent graduate; Junior, Senior, or Grad student preferred
  • Eligible to work in the US
  • Must be able to participate in 10-week program from June 15 through August 24, 2020

General Summary:  The Communications Intern works alongside the Global Communications Manager and Senior Organizational Transformation Director on a team that is in charge of internal communications, development curriculum, recognition programs, and JEDI initiatives (justice, equity, diversity, inclusion). A successful candidate for this role has passion for content engagement in the digital space and has excellent written communication skills with a wide variety of audiences. The Communication Intern should be comfortable with having flexibility and freedom to take initiative and tackle internal facing communications projects with minimal oversight.

This internship is a great opportunity for someone interested in gaining experience and exposure across a range of communications projects and cultural event experiences at an exciting outdoor brand. This is a rare chance to be exposed to the inner workings of an Organizational Transformation department and the elements required to support a mid-sized organization in the footwear and outdoor industry.

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Help communicate internal programs, initiatives, and cultural events
  • Create digital content for our global organization
  • Partner with key teams to aid in the proper dissemination of information through actionable strategies
  • Assess and maximize engagement across a variety of employee touch-points
  • Support monthly all-employee gatherings
  • Research and explore new communication techniques to drive storytelling, increase engagement, and positively impact employee morale
  • Assist in the development and execution of overall internal communications strategy
  • Understand the complex needs of different events and different employee audiences
  • Create and edit presentation decks via PowerPoint or Keynote

Knowledge & Skills Required: 

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills; Work requires continual attention to detail in composing, typing and proofing materials
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office programs, including Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Able to quickly learn new software programs
  • Able to solve problems with a positive attitude
  • Can work independently (self-motivated) and on deadline
  • Must possess enthusiasm for learning and helping with all aspects of communications
  • Able to sit and/or stand at a desk and use a computer for extended periods of time

Knowledge & Skills Preferred: 

  • Prior experience working on a Mac operating system
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Intermediary knowledge of Google Analytics

Application Deadline:  Applications close on January 31st, 2020 at 8:00 pm.

Apply (or see more information):  Submit your application today via the Career Center Handshake portal.

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