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Media Specialist Intern

The Media Specialist is a paid internship focused on photography, communications, and marketing.

This person works directly with the Communications Manager in St. Louis through regular Zoom calls and in-person when she is onsite this summer. The Media Specialist documents daily activities at camp and shares those photos with families online and also photographs camps with an eye to the AYF’s year-round marketing and communication needs.

They also work with Communications Manager to write regular blog posts detailing life at camp, create social media posts for the camp’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, and write longer articles for the AYF email newsletter, Founder Sparks.

At the end of the internship, the Media Specialist will have extensive real-world experience documenting summer camp and furthering the mission of a nonprofit, as well a large body of written digital work and photography to add to their portfolio. If desired, the Communications Manager will also work with the intern’s college or university to help them receive academic credit for this work.

Required Experience 

The Media Specialist must have previous experience with digital SLR photography (ideally photography or photojournalism classes) and previous communication experience (journalism, marketing, PR, or other communications classes).

Time Commitment and Compensation

The summer semester begins remotely in mid-May to early June to become familiar with the mission and structure of the American Youth Foundation, train on software they’ll use in the summer, and learn the voice and style of the AYF for future written work. The intern would receive a $500 stipend for this additional work, which would be a few hours a week until staff training begins.

The role then transitions to living onsite for staff training beginning June 18, followed by one two-week and one three-week session ending on July 30. The weekly pay rate for Media Specialist Interns is $500, and housing and all meals are provided.

What should I know before applying?

Media Specialist Interns...

  • Are excited to capture the beauty and fun of camp.

  • Love working with kids and being outside.

  • See themselves as positive role models for the youth of Miniwanca.

  • Have experience with DSLR cameras and other photography equipment.

  • Want to build their photography and writing portfolios

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    I have never been to camp before. Is that okay?

    It is not uncommon for staff to be experiencing camp and Miniwanca for the very first time. Staff should be open to new experiences and ways of operating when they come to Miniwanca, especially if this is their first time at Miniwanca or at a summer camp in general.

    What if I have dietary needs?

    Miniwanca is able to work with a variety of dietary needs and allergies. At each meal, Miniwanca will provide a dairy free, gluten free, and vegetarian option. Miniwanca is peanut and tree nut aware and will not serve anything with those products in it. Some snacks and desserts may be created in a facility that uses peanuts or tree nuts, and safe alternatives will be offered when those are the general option.

    I don’t have a car. How do I get to camp?

    Miniwanca will pick up staff members on specific days from local airports and bus stations. If you do not have a car and are interested in using public transportation to get to camp please talk to your supervisor about what options are available to you.

    What is the time commitment for this position?

    Media Specialists must commit six to seven weeks of their summer to Miniwanca. This includes a one- to two-week training period and five weeks of camp.

    Are food and housing provided?

    Yes, food and housing is provided for the entirety of your contract with Miniwanca.

    What a summer at Miniwanca looks like: