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Riley’s Way Foundation Paid Communications Internship

About Riley’s Way Foundation Riley’s Way is a non-profit that empowers young leaders to use kindness and empathy to create meaningful connections and drive positive change through our councils, programming, and events. By equipping teens, students, and young adults with life tools, we are building a network of leaders who view kindness and empathy as strengths to drive change, create connections, communicate ideas, develop projects, and make a difference in their communities.

A powerful memory of love and empathy is our foundation. Established by Mackenzie and Ian Sandler in 2014, Riley’s Way Foundation honors the life of their nine-year-old daughter Riley Hannah Sandler. We share Riley’s spirit and love of life by helping young leaders use kindness and empathy to drive change and create connections in their communities, and help build a better world.

To learn more about Riley’s Way Foundation and our programs, visit

Riley’s Way Foundation is looking for a communications intern with strong writing and design experience to join our growing team. The intern’s role primarily will be to help grow and manage Riley’s Way’s social media presence and website content, along with supporting the two on-staff Program Directors in some aspects of their day-to-day work. This is a role for someone who is passionate about empathy, teen-led social justice projects, and digital storytelling. This paid internship is an exciting opportunity to gain professional experience in a dynamic, impactful, and growing non-profit.


  • Implement existing social media strategy and assist in drafting, reviewing, and scheduling social media posts and campaigns to grow our supporters
  • Assist the Program Directors in developing written materials such as blog posts, website copy, and newsletters
  • Capture and document programming and fundraising events to share with our wider community
  • Maintain the Riley’s Way Foundation website
  • Edit program participants’ blogs and videos
  • Track and report on social media analytics
  • Perform other duties as requested by staff



  • Commitment to the mission and vision of Riley’s Way Foundation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Creative and forward thinking
  • Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong writing and basic graphic design skills
  • Facility with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other relevant social media platforms
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and timelines
  • Strong interest in storytelling, with the ability to communicate compellingly with both teens and adults, across our website and all our social media platforms


  • Advanced experience in graphic design and photography
  • Video editing skills and production experience

Reports to: Riley’s Way Program Directors (2)

Type of position: Paid internship, compensation based on experience

Time Commitment: 15 to 20 hours a week

Duration: 3-6 months, with the potential for a contract extension

Location: This position will largely work remotely, but we prefer someone based in or around New York City who can occasionally travel to our Brooklyn office.

How to Apply: For immediate consideration, please send your resume and cover letter to and indicate “Communications Intern” in the subject line.