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Communications Intern

Pay: TBD

Full Job Description


The Primary School is creating a new school model that brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age. We recognize the entrenched racism that exists within our public systems and the unjust impact this has had on families of color. Our aim is that children and families most impacted by systemic poverty and racism receive the multidisciplinary support they deserve to be well, learn, and thrive.

Long-term, we hope to create a game-changing school model that can be replicated across the country. As we continue to learn and grow, we plan to share what we’ve learned and pursue policy and systems change on a local, state, and national level. We are proud to receive funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.

Our approach has three defining characteristics:

  • We start early. We start working with children as young as 8 months and provide full-time school starting at age three to reach them at a critical stage in development.
  • We partner with parents. We believe that when parents thrive, children thrive, so we support the wellness and growth of parents alongside the growth of their children.
  • We integrate services. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs.

In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four year olds. We have grown to serve over 300 children and their families through a birth to three program, parent wellness program, full-day preschool, and elementary school, which will grow through eighth grade. In 2020, we began programming at our second site in Hayward, California.


The Primary School internship program is a paid summer internship for current undergraduate students interested in exploring nonprofit management careers at the intersection of education, health, and family support. During the 9 week program, interns engage in hands-on, project-based learning, and also participate in high-impact developmental and networking programming. This includes 1:1 mentorship, an organizational leadership speaker series, and opportunities to build meaningful relationships with other interns, staff, families, and the broader East Palo Alto community. This role will be either fully remote or based in our Central Office, located in East Palo Alto, depending on the situation with COVID-19.

The Communications intern will work closely with the Senior Manager of Communications & External Relations as well as with our East Palo Alto and Hayward site teams. Activities will include writing for our blog and management of our website and social media channels. This is a great opportunity for a student wishing to learn more about what a communications role looks like at a young start-up or nonprofit.


  • Manage The Primary School’s social media channels
  • Write monthly blog posts, which would include interviewing parents, staff, and possibly students
  • Make updates to our website
  • Capture photos and videos of summer programming and team portraits (dependent on COVID-19)
  • Build our content library of quotes, stories, videos, and photos


  • You believe in the mission of The Primary School and that all children and families are capable of extraordinary things.
  • You are excited and interested to learn more about a career in communications
  • You have some experience working with websites (we use Squarespace) and managing social media channels
  • You love writing and have demonstrated writing experience
  • You are a self-starter and have a strong desire to learn
  • You can commit part-time (20-30 hours a week)
  • You have a keen eye for details
  • You are unafraid of diversity and engage confidently across differences
  • You are kind, humble, and collaborative
  • You are currently enrolled in a 2-/4-year college or university in the United States
  • You are able to complete a 9 week program beginning in June 2021

A Plus If

  • You are an East Palo Alto or Belle Haven native and/or have experience working with a community similar to East Palo Alto and Belle Haven.
  • You speak fluent Spanish.
  • You have design and/or photography experience (or an interest in learning!)


The Primary School values diversity; people of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. In particular, we deeply value staff who share the identities and lived experiences of the historically underrepresented students and families we serve. The Primary School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions.

Please complete the following application and submit your most recent resume. These short-answer questions are designed to replace a cover letter, so take your time with them and copy in your answers from a separate document. If you feel that the questions do not accurately capture what you have to offer The Primary School, you are also welcome to attach a cover letter. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to submit yours soon. We look forward to reading your application!

Company – The Primary School


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