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Painted Brain | Media Internships
We're bridging communities and changing the conversation about mental illness using arts and media.
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Media Internships

Media internships at Painted Brain

Who We Are

Painted Brain is a nonprofit organization that has been serving the community for a decade. Our mission is to build lasting community-based solutions to mental health challenges and the effects of social injustice through the arts, advocacy, social enterprise, and non-traditional media. We have started to create a positive change within our community, but we are yearning to do more. Do you want to be a part of that change?

Why Should You Partner With Us?

Mental health is often overlooked in our society due to its stigma. Painted Brain uses our vibrant voices to cause a ripple of social change by speaking about mental illnesses- in the hopes to drive a more normalize conversation about mental health.

We have been granted the status of an independent nonprofit organization 501(c)3. Since then, we have expanded: we moved our headquarters to Pico and Fairfax, we received a grant from Step Up on Second to fund a tech training program and we are are cultivating new workshops to transitional centers for the youth. Our programs (began as art groups) have expanded over the years to include workshops for creative writing, blogging, poetry, photojournalism, WordPress, Etsy for Aspiring Artists, coding, peer leadership and more. These new and exciting opportunities are fundamentally the reason we are looking to expand our creative team.

Who We Are Looking For

Our team consists of highly motivated, compassionate, driven and down-to-earth people. We take pride in helping our community change the stigma of mental illness by putting our best efforts into everything we do. Painted Brain is looking for people who are open-minded, dedicated and have the willingness to learn. As a Media Intern, some of the skills we want are:

  • Online fundraising and crowdfunding campaigns
  • Excel (using pivot charts)
  • Experience using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, Youtube, LinkedIn
  • Graphic design: Photoshop Illustrator, and Canva
  • Google Adwords and Analytics
  • Proficiency in Google Drive including Docs, Spreadsheet, Slides.
  • Blogging and copywriting experience
  • Video editing
  • Web design and development, including WordPress
  • Maintaining a newly created podcast channel on “Stigma, Synergy, and Culture”
  • Managing a PR or press team
  • Assembling a training manual and onboarding documentation for Painted Brain new hires.
  • Weekly blogger on a newly created “Digital Advocacy and MH” column.
  • Experience using MailChimp, and managing an email newsletter campaign.

If you have some or all of these skills, check out the positions we need to fill!

Positions Available

The media (print and digital) is a strong, prominent utensil that we are tackling in order to reach a wider audience about our mission. Therefore, Painted Brain offers a variety of internship positions. The positions below highlight some of the tasks each job entails. Tasks are listed but can be subject to change, according to the pace of our projects.

  • Web and PR copy editor:
    • Copy edit blog posts from other interns
    • Draft, author and edit press releases
    • Use Search Engine Optimization
    • Knowledge of Google AdWords
    • Update the https://paintedbrain.org/press/ page whenever there is press coverage appropriate to display.
  • Podcast interviewer:
    • Maintain and regularly post podcasts with members of our community. Subjects may be interns, staff, or any contributor who is willing to give permission.
    • Create a list and schedule of topics to discuss.
    • Construct a list of questions needed to interview.
    • The intern will take the initiative and maintain a bi-weekly podcast series running throughout their internship stay.
  • Photojournalist/Videographer:
    • Create and maintain a Snapchat profile for Painted Brain to showcase happenings at our local events and at our community centers
    • Maintain a gallery of photos and videos for our website events page.
    • liaise with and collect all content from events to repurpose them into Youtube posts, Snapchat frames, and onto other digital platforms including our website.
  • Press outreach liaison:
    • liaise with local media outlets including radio stations, newspapers (including the LA Times and LA Weekly, and major publications including the Huffington Post to get coverage for Painted Brain.
    • Send one or more of our press releases to local media outlets at the appropriate times and follow up to get their attention and interest.
    • Schedule and follow up with any press appointments or photo opportunity with the local press.
    • Use social selling to build relationships with news organizations
  • Social Media:
    • Work with the social media manager to handle various aspects of social community management via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
    • Curate content, edit social media postings and use pop-culture to deliver our message.
    • Use social media analytics for research and development
    • Support our relationships with the public by responding to comments in a timely manner
    • Use digital marketing to get our mission, events and voice to the community

Benefits Of Interning At Painted Brain:

At Painted Brain, we believe in working together to construct a social change. Therefore, our workplace is highly collaborative with experiential learning. We seek great ideas from the freedom of our brains, so each of our members has a wide range of free-thinking and independence.