Internships

Interested in gaining some experience working in a truly unique work environment.  Do you hate boring, redundant work?  Looking to build up your resume? Like tackling challenges, bringing your ideas to the table, and owning their execution?  You may have found your perfect internship. We are currently looking for people to fill internship positions June - August 2019, September - December 2019 and January - April 2020.

About our Internships

Our internships provide an opportunity to learn while surrounded by people with a variety of skills and are designed to allow you gain experience while working with others to achieve your goals.  Internships typically last 12 weeks, but can be extended or compressed. For more hours, roles can be combined.

We are a small business, run by a husband and wife entrepreneur team and a part-time employee. You will be supervised and mentored directly by the owners.

If your school offers credit for internships, we will gladly adapt the internship to meet their requirements. While our internships do not pay a salary or hourly wage, there are opportunities to earn fees (1099-MISC contract labor) for satisfactorily completing the internship and for “extra credit” projects.  Payment will be made at the completion of your internship, based on your performance (AKA your “grade”).

To quality for payment, you must complete the full internship term, unless otherwise agreed in writing.

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Internship Roles

Program Management

The person in this role is responsible for running two programs:  “Artist of the Month” and “Lunch & Learn”. The Artist of the Month program brings local art to Cowork Frederick and includes organizing and overseeing all aspects of our “Frederick Artists Night” (FAN) event.  FAN brings together local artists, musicians, poetry readers, etc. for a reception open to the public every First Saturday.  More information can be found on our website here.   Our Lunch & Learn program participants bring a lunch and hear a brief talk/presentation from an expert. This internship is right for you if you like planning, organizing and working with creative people.

Skills:  Organizing, marketing, event planning, communicating (written and verbal), problem solving
Tools:  Adobe Photoshop, MS Word or Google Docs, Slack, WordPress, various social media
Time commitment: 120 hours, typically as 10 hours/week for 12 weeks (negotiable)
Earnings: Up to $750 as a stipend, paid at the conclusion of your internship, based on your performance
Tasks:

Marketing Communications

The person in this role will write blog posts, social media posts, and newsletters content and must become familiar with Cowork Frederick’s branding and communication style to write in our “voice”. We primarily use “inbound marking” (AKA permission or content marketing), which draws customers in by creating awareness, educating, and raising interest. The role requires a solid understanding of Cowork Frederick and our target audience (we will provide information). This internship is right for you if you like doing market research, like writing, taking pictures, want to practice conducting interviews, and like the challenge of perfecting a message.

Skills:  Interviewing, written communication, marketing, branding, search engine optimization
Tools:  MS Word or Google Docs, WordPress, Buffer, various social media
Time commitment:  120 hours, typically as 10 hours a week for 12 weeks (negotiable)
Earnings: Up to $750 as a stipend, paid at the conclusion of your internship, based on your performance
Tasks:

Technical Writing

Technical writing requires the author to deliver a clear, concise message. Practicing technical writing can help anyone perfect his or her writing skills. The person in this role will explore how things work at Cowork Frederick and update or create new operational guides.  Our member handbook is mostly in written form, but we would encourage you to also make some short video instructions.  You would write a script with all the steps that need to be performed, then record a video of you or someone else doing the steps. For the videos, we encourage you to get creative and have a little fun, while still making sure the steps are complete, clear, and concise. This internship is right for you if you think logically and like organizing thoughts, if you like to explain things, if you want to practice defining procedures and simplifying complex concepts so that others can understand them.

Skills:  Technical writing, organizing, communicating (written and verbal)
Tools:  MS Word or Google Docs, WordPress, Slack
Time commitment:  120 hours, typically as 10 hours a week for 12 weeks (negotiable)
Earnings: Up to $500 as a stipend, paid at the conclusion of your internship, based on your performance
Tasks:

Extra Credit Projects

Extra credit projects are additional tasks interns can opt to complete for a more challenging learning experience.  You can take on multiple projects, provided doing so does not jeopardize completing the routine tasks of your internship. We will work with you to define desired outcomes for the project, finalize a design, and guide the work, providing feedback as work on the project is completed.  As with your internship role, you will be paid for your work on extra credit projects based on the grade received on the project.

Note that to quality for payment, you must complete the full internship term, unless otherwise agreed to in writing.  Projects can be completed on your own, but we encourage you to team up with one or more others (interns or Cowork Frederick member).  Extra Credit pay will be split equally among all members of the team.

Projects will vary and must be agreed to in advance.  After you've spent a few weeks working with us, we will welcome your ideas on what you think would create real value.  Here are some examples of the types of projects you might take on:

122 E Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21701
301-732-5165
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