Communications, Design and Brand-Building Intern

The Organization:
Renewable Northwest (http://www.rnp.org/) is Portland based coalition of environmental and consumer groups, renewable energy developers and other associated businesses that promote the implementation of clean, renewable energy in the Northwest region (across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana). Our efforts help to get wind, solar and geothermal projects operating in our region, push for policies promoting renewables and energy efficiency, and nurture markets for renewable energy resources.
The Internship:
Renewable Northwest is currently going through a rebranding effort. Formally known as the Renewable Northwest Project, we’ve decided to drop the “Project” to become Renewable Northwest to more accurately reflect the broad campaign work we conduct across the region. The organization needs communications and graphic design assistance to help with the effort, including:
• Assess current marketing materials (letterhead, business cards, fact sheets, content templates, etc.) and redesign those materials as needed to integrate the new brand as appropriate;
• Work closely with staff to identify additional areas where graphic design solutions can improve the organization’s image, then create appropriate graphics and templates to achieve desired goals.
• Develop guidelines for both internal and external use of logos and other material templates.
• Help with program-specific website design and content.
• Motivated candidates with the right credentials may also be considered to assist with broader communications support related to social media (brand, list building and metrics)

• Candidates must be registered and enrolled at Portland State University in a graduate program (undergraduates who meet or exceed the qualifications may also apply).
• Ideal candidates should have excellent graphic design and written communication skills, show creativity in their work, and be comfortable with standard Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office programs.

Renewable Northwest strives to create internships that provide opportunities for interns to learn about the many aspects of the work we do. Inclusion in meetings and regular contact with staff is encouraged to provide an understanding of the barriers to renewable development in the region and the opportunities for meeting our goals.
The intern will be expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times and comply with the organization’s casual business attire dress code and policies.
Compensation: This position is being funded through generous grant funding and donations to the Sustainability Internship Program fund managed by the Institute for Sustainable Solutions to support student career pathways in sustainability (http://www.pdx.edu/sustainability/sustainability-internship-program). Compensation: graduate students: $500 per month/$1500 per term; undergraduate students: $400 per month/$1,200 per term (depending on the day and month that you begin the internship) and will end on March 20, 2014.
Time Commitment:
The intern will be expected to work 12-15 hours per term. (The actual number of internship hours may vary depending on student or organization needs but will range from 12-15 hours per week.)

To Apply:

• This position requires current enrollment as a PSU graduate or undergraduate student for the duration of the internship. To confirm that you are formally admitted and enrolled, please email your full name and student ID to vancem@pdx.edu
• Please specify the name of the internship in the subject line. Once your status is confirmed, you will receive the full application instructions via email. You may call 503-725-4972 with any questions.

Application Deadline: October 13th