Company Background

Be a part of this exceptional and transformative economic and community development team in Hartford, CT.

Community Solutions (CS) is seeking a summer intern to support our Inspiring Places Real Estate team’s work in North Hartford, CT. Community Solutions is a national non-profit organization that helps communities end homelessness, both by improving local housing efforts and by working in communities of concentrated poverty to change the conditions that make people vulnerable to future homelessness. CS’ Inspiring Places (IP) Real Estate team develops innovative and replicable models for transformative real estate development projects.

The centerpiece of our real estate work in North Hartford is a $35M, 80,000 square foot redevelopment of the Swift Factory, a former gold leaf manufacturing facility. The Swift Factory project is an adaptive reuse project in one of Hartford’s most challenged neighborhoods. The historic factory and surrounding campus is being transformed from a vacant and blighted structure into an economic engine for job creation and will be home to a Food & Wellness Center, Community Financial Business Center, and Cultural & Learning Center. The campus will house commercial kitchens and co-working offices and spaces housing organizations providing fitness, farming, community, arts performance, and learning opportunities. The project is pioneering in scale and scope. Construction on the Swift Factory began in 2018, and it is expected that the factory will open Summer 2020.

Job Overview

The Marketing & Graphic Design Intern will work on-site in our Leasing Office at the Swift Factory, alongside our Real Estate team. Your work will directly contribute to the success of this exceptional social impact project and your graphic design, marketing, and communication skills will be used to convey the story of the property, tenants, residents, and neighborhood. You will be working with a team that is passionate, and for whom this project is much more than a job.

The intern will learn about sales, marketing, public relations, event planning, construction, and community engagement in a very hands-on, practical way.

The intern will work full time; 40 hours per week, for 12 weeks, with a flexible starting date. If the intern’s school does not provide a stipend for internships, then CS will compensate her/him at $12/hr or minimum wage in the state/city, whichever is higher. The intern will have access to multiple training and educational opportunities throughout the summer.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support in the design and edit creative marketing materials, company brochures, literature, signage, displays and social media content.
  • Assist in coordinating events, marketing campaigns, and market research.
  • Photograph, video, production & editing of property, staff, clients and events.
  • Website maintenance and design updates.
  • Prepare internal and external communications, newsletters, emails, press releases.
  • General Office Administrative Support; including answering phones, filing, scheduling, tenant service, data entry and other general office administrative duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualities Needed

  • Passion for revitalizing distressed neighborhoods and helping communities to solve complex social problems.
  • Experience with photography and video production and editing.
  • Experience with graphic design, to assist with the development of promotional material including project brochures, flyers and websites.
  • Experience using MS Office Apps & Google Apps spreadsheets, docs, slides.
  • Proficient in adobe software, photoshop, premiere, indesign.
  • Experience with social media strategy and advertising.
  • Ability to tell a story visually.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and self-manage to achieve goals while being a strong team player.
  • Receives and relays criticism constructively.
  • Thoughtful and can easily connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Familiarity with Hartford and the Northeast neighborhood is a plus.
  • Ability to read and write in Spanish a plus.

Trainings and educational opportunities offered during internship

You will gain exposure to all facets of this community and economic development project. The people you meet and work with will inspire and shape your view of the world, and you will leave having developed and expanded your skills, while making a positive social impact in your corner of the earth.

The candidate will also receive:

  • An Organization-wide orientation to learn about all of CS’s work across the globe.
  • Exposure to community engagement & real estate principles in practice.
  • Networking with other local and regional community organizations and leaders.
  • An opportunity to work directly with; an award-winning architect, an aggressive community engagement operative and former newspaper staff writer and photographer, and a senior marketing/brand manager.
  • Community Solutions’ Core Competencies Training
  • Lunch meetings with CS employees, paid for by Community Solutions, to learn about the employees’ roles within the organization, the projects/programs they oversee and how their work contributes to CS’ mission.
  • Bi-weekly Executive Team virtual lunches to connect with senior leadership
  • Participation in team meetings and all-staff meetings
  • Regular check-ins with Supervisor for feedback and guidance

Work environment

The Inspiring Places assistant will be based in the Community Solutions’ office in Hartford, CT, with a limited ability to work remotely on some days.