Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC), founded in 1977, initiated the first domestic violence services program in Chicago. CAWC established the first domestic violence hotline and opened the first shelter for battered women and their children in 1979. CAWC is committed to ending domestic violence. Using a self-help, empowerment approach, CAWC provides counseling, advocacy and a 24-hour hotline for people affected by domestic violence. This includes a shelter for women and children. CAWC works for social change through education, service collaboration, and institutional advocacy.
CAWC is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student to serve as the organization’s marketing and communications intern. Under the direction of the Development Director, the intern will help promote CAWC in creating content for various communications channels, which directly contribute to increasing the organization’s visibility to various stakeholders. The intern will participate in a variety of activities as noted below and will gain exposure into brand awareness, as well as assist in positively impacting CAWC’s revenue and referrals. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who is interested in a career in marketing and communications and has a commitment to our mission and our goal of ending domestic violence.
The marketing and communications intern will help to -
Review current marketing and communication initiatives to ensure consistent branding and voice in both internal and external communications
Create a strategic marketing and communications plan to further CAWC’s mission
Manage CAWC’s website presence and develop web content
Identify and create new communication strategies
Develop an updated media list, write press releases, and pitch stories to local and national media
Maintain ongoing updates of CAWC’s social media accounts
Design marketing and communication plan for all CAWC events, specifically CAWC’s signature event, Sounds of Silence (SOS)
Work on copywriting projects including but not limited to brochures, e-newsletters, direct mail appeals, and annual reports
Attend Communication meetings, as requested
Undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in marketing, communications, nonprofit management, or similar area of study
Excellent time management skills with the ability to organize and multi-task
Commitment to CAWC’s mission and social change in the area of violence against women
Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of individuals
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (required) and Adobe Creative Suite or other design program (preferred)
Someone who can work independently, as well as with a team
Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and a good sense of humor
Additional Salary Information: NOTE
This is an unpaid internship position with works hours and length of internship to be determined.
Internal Number: 7734899081
About Connections for Abused Women and their Children
In 1976 a landmark meeting was held in Chicago to address the crisis of violence against women. This gathering resulted in a task force that ultimately became Chicago Abused Women Coalition (CAWC). In 1977, CAWC then established the city’s first 24-hour domestic violence hotline and in 1979 opened Chicago’s first shelter for battered women and their children.Over the years, CAWC has evolved in response to changing needs. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the organization expanded programs to include community-based outreach services to adults and specialized intervention services with children. To reflect the expanded scope of its services and its goals for the future, CAWC in 2008 changed its name to Connections for Abused Women and their Children, maintaining its recognizable acronym, while signaling its commitment to programming for both women and children affected by domestic violence. Today, CAWC continues to demonstrate leadership in addressing domestic violence in Chicago, providing life-saving assistance to more than 1,000 women and children each year. Known for its innovative and effective programs and partnerships, CAWC continues to operate its 24-hour hotline and 42-bed sh...elter (Greenhouse), as well as the following: the Hospital Crisis Intervention Project (HCIP), based at both John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, offers not only crisis intervention to victims at the time they seek healthcare, but also trains physicians on appropriate screening for domestic violence; the Humboldt Park Outreach Program (HPOP), a walk-in program that provides individual and group counseling to women and their children, along with enhanced therapeutic services for children; and domestic violence education and support for women seeking substance abuse treatment at Haymarket Center.CAWC is a 501(c)3 designated non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors with an operating budget of approximately $1.7 million. CAWC enjoys a broad base of support from governmental entities, corporations, foundations, United Way and individuals. Staffed with multilingual, multicultural advocates, CAWC is well-known for providing a safe place for women and children from a rich variety of cultures and backgrounds.