VSA Partners

Writing Intern

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(2/2/2018 6:16 PM)
ID
2018-2786
# of Openings
1
Category
Writing

Overview

VSA's Content Practice provides brand and marketing audiences with meaningful content and communications that solve clients’ business problems. Across multiple forms, media and channels, we unite the art and engineering of content—strategizing, concepting, structuring, creating, adapting, publishing and measuring.

The Writing Intern is responsible for developing relevant, memorable and highly creative communication for clients through language and ideas that support strategy, design and brand expression.

 

A little bit about the VSA Summer Internship Program: If you’re looking for another bullet point on your resume, look elsewhere. At VSA, like much of what we do, we take our internship program seriously. Which means our interns work on “real work,” with real meetings, deadlines, and business challenges from our brands and clients. This is the education you won’t get in a classroom. Consider it career practice, with the freedom to learn, make mistakes, refine, question and tag along. You’ll work with an individual mentor and supervisor in a unique cross-disciplinary environment focused on brand, communications, marketing and digital. As part of the larger program, you’ll take part in intern meetings, team outings, activities and initiatives (can you say networking?). And yes, it’s paid, with an hourly rate, for 40 hours/week, on-site. It starts June 4th. Bet you can’t wait for summer.

 

Note: this position is part of VSA’s Content Practice. 

 

Responsibilities

  • Develop unique concepts and content that solve clients’ business and brand challenges.
  • Think visually as well as verbally, contributing from the outset to the structure, look and feel of a client project.
  • Concept and brainstorm both independently and collaboratively.
  • Collaborate in the development and definition of the “voice” for a client in a program or individual project.
  • Interact closely with designers and strategists to create and refine content for a chosen direction.
  • Interpret brand positioning, tone and attributes to create content that is on-brand.
  • Demonstrate use of logic and strategic thinking in structuring content.
  • Interact effectively with internal teams during all stages of content development.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Is pursuing, or has recently obtained, an undergraduate degree in English, Journalism, Communications, Advertising or Integrated/Strategic Communications.
  • Experience in an agency or similar client services environment is beneficial.
  • A strong vocabulary and expertise in English usage.
  • Comfort with multiple and often complex writing assignments, styles and disciplines.
  • Ability to focus on user priorities and needs in structuring content.
  • Capability to effectively articulate, present and explain writing choices.
  • Ability to produce work, quickly, with strength in observing and managing to deadlines. 
  • Ability to interact at all levels of the company and with external parties in a professional manner, maintaining effective communication, both written and spoken.
  • Ability to organize information, prioritize tasks, accurately follow procedures, and maintain high attention to detail. 
  • Ability to self-motivate and to work independently in a team environment. 

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