The summer months are important for students: this is your chance to put the skills and knowledge you’ve gained in class to the test and develop hands-on professional experience. When you’re deciding how to spend your summer, consider applying for jobs that will help you develop in-demand career skills! The professional experience you gain as a student will kickstart your early career, so make the most of your summer job.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work behind the scenes of the #YUBlog, now is your opportunity to find out! The#YUBlog is hiring for two Communications Assistant & Blogger positions for the summer. If you want to gain experience in communications, marketing, social media and content development, this role may be perfect for you. Keep reading to learn more and apply!
As a Communications Assistant & Blogger, your role is to act as an online student ambassador to York U and support prospective and current York U students. As a blogger, you are the voice of the York U community, and you have the opportunity to guide your fellow students to resources, events and information that will enrich their educational experience.
The Communications Assistants & Bloggers will:
- maintain the #YUBlog and create awareness about exciting events, programs and student life initiatives;
- attend events and conduct interviews with alumni, members of the York U community and student organizations;
- produce data-driven content that is both engaging and informational;
- learn how to format and facilitate WordPress and CMS platforms;
- develop attention-grabbing social media content and learn best practices for Twitter, Facebook, Google +, etc;
- develop multimedia content, including scripting and shooting student life videos;
- create basic graphics;
- track analytics; and
- participate in department-wide content meetings to share your ideas with leadership.
What does it take to work with the #YUBlog? In addition to having a strong personal writing style and voice, we are looking for creative individuals with excellent research and social media skills. The #YUBlog is a multimedia platform, so we’re looking for people who are interested in social media, videos, digital trends and photography. You should have a keen eye for detail and a good understanding of life as a York U student from residence and commuter life to student clubs and organizations. Most of all, we love positivity, energy and a sense of humour!
By working with the #YUBlog team, you will develop in-demand career skills that will boost your resume. In this position, you will gain the following skills:
- excellent written communication;
- ability to create multimedia content;
- experience with photography, videography;
- ability to create basic graphics;
- social media development for Facebook, Twitter, Google +; and
- proficiency with CMS, WordPress and Google Analytics.
Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with a large-scale Communications & Marketing team and learn from people with a diverse range of skillsets. You’ll collaborate with other bloggers, graphic designers, student organizations, alumni and other content creators to develop engaging media. The Communications Assistants & Bloggers will also benefit from coaching and workshops that will help you determine your long-term career goals and development areas.
Becoming YU is a new program designed to support students in their personal and professional development. As a Communications Assistant & Blogger, you will have the opportunity to participate in this program. You will be assigned a career coach and will have regular meetings to set goals and objectives, reflect on your progress, discuss professional development opportunities such as workshops and gain valuable feedback. Thanks to this mentorship opportunity, you will be able to get the most out of your work experience with the #YUBlog!
Submitting Your Application
Interested in joining the #YUBlog? Apply through the Career Centre job board by searching for the “Communications Assistant & Blogger” position and supplying your cover letter and resume. You can also read our previous #YUBlog post “Summer Job Hunting 101” for tips about successfully finding summer employment.
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