Social Advocacy Internship

Social Advocacy Internship

Location: Administration - Columbia

Status: Non-Exempt


This is a paid summer internship with an average 10 hours per week located in Columbia, SC.  The ideal candidate will be enrolled at a four-year university as a rising junior or senior majoring in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, IT, Graphic Design, Political Science and/or Social Work.


• Draft and coordinate advocacy communications and social media content and website copy.
• Utilize contact lists to send emails, action alerts, and other communications.
• Research and develop an inventory of relevant policy social media accounts and work.
• Reporting and analyzing online metrics.
• Support Harvest Hope’s strategic planning initiatives for the advocacy program.
• Research and compile notes from relevant Congressional hearings, meetings, and briefings.
• Draft advocacy training materials for staff and volunteers.
• Write memos and strategy documents.
• Schedule meetings with state representatives.
• Special projects as assigned.


• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Analytical or critical thinking skills.
• Ability to handle confidential or sensitive information with discretion.
• Good planning and multi-tasking skills.
• Strong listening skills and the ability to follow directions and ask questions to ensure a productive internship.


• Demonstrates a commitment to the HHFB mission and to fighting to end hunger in South Carolina.
• Displays a desire to work with culturally diverse populations using a compassionate, collaborative, and respectful approach.
• Supports a culture of continuous improvement by identifying and communicating process and safety improvements.
• Follows all safety policies and procedures, including reporting all unsafe acts and behaviors, safety hazards, incidents, or accidents immediately.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the tasks outlined in this job description.  

This position operates primarily in an office setting within the branch.  The position requires sitting at a desk and in meetings for long periods of time and involves extensive computer work with frequent interruptions.  Vision abilities required include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. This position requires monitoring warehouse operations in a warehouse environment internally and externally consisting of hot and cold temperatures.  With forklift traffic in the facility and product stacked and stored throughout, this position requires someone who is mobile and who can hear and watch for traffic and normal hazards of a warehouse environment.  Occasionally, this role is required to respond to organizational needs outside of normal working hours.  The position requires a fast pace and is deadline-driven.

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Harvest Hope Food Bank is an equal opportunity employer and embraces a philosophy that recognizes and values diversity. Our goal is to attract, develop, retain and promote a talented diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential. This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job and the general nature and level of work associated with the position. It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties whose performance may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments the individual may be given. This position description does not constitute an employment agreement or contract.