IES Abroad
  • Marketing
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Part Time

Status: Part-time, non-exempt, hourly
Schedule: M-F, 20 hours/week between 8:30a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for 18-20 weeks
Reports to: Video & Social Media Coordinator
Direct reports: None
Start date: ASAP
Location: Chicago, IL, USA

About us:

Everything we do is about the IES Abroad student. Our profoundly passionate team of study abroad professionals believes in creating once-in-a-lifetime educational adventures that transcend expectations. Our goal is to rock the world of some 8,000 study abroad students every year.

From our headquarters in Chicago to our 140+ study abroad programs in 85 global locations worldwide, we create authentic global education and life-affirming cultural experiences. We work at IES Abroad because we believe that every student should have the opportunity to go abroad - especially in a fun, safe, and superior academic and cultural environment.

We believe so strongly in the power of our program, that we actively recruit students from diverse populations and provide more than $4 million in scholarships year after year. We are proud that our students are as diverse and exciting as the countries we study.

We're not ashamed to admit, we're a little bit obsessed with study abroad.

Summary of position:

One intern will be selected to work with the Marketing Department in IES Abroad's Chicago office to work on social media related projects, and assist the Department with larger projects and campaigns as needed. This internship is a great way for a current or recent college student to gain real-world marketing experience.

Essential job responsibilities & duties:

  • Edit videos for the website and for IES Abroad's social media platforms
  • Assist with video focused prospect emails
  • Assist with video recordings and interviews with Chicago HQ staff
  • Add content to and assist in the curation of our social platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, etc.)
  • Ideate Facebook Live ideas in collaboration with the Communications Manager and Video & Social Media Coordinator, as well as assisting in set-up and execution
  • Explore SEO optimization of social media posts with the Marketing Manager and propose social media opportunities and ideas that align with our keyword strategy
  • Track social media stats across all platforms for further analysis
  • Social media related research as determined
  • Process photo submissions for Fall 2017 Photo Contest
  • Photo & video curation for IES Abroad website
  • Provide Film Festival support as needed
  • Draft content for video focused prospect emails
  • Assist with web content creation and editing, as directed by Marketing staff


  • Assist with collecting and organizing student profiles and student quotes
  • Assist with carrying out marketing campaigns or other marketing-related projects, as needed
  • Develop understanding of best-practices as needed, ex. competitor research
  • Other marketing-related projects, as assigned
  • Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of this position
  • Any other task or duty as assigned or required

Experience & Qualifications/Skills:

  • Video editing experience (Final Cut Pro or iMovie)
  • Excellent writing and editing skills; with a strong ability to write content for the web
  • Strong interest in study abroad
  • Familiarity with major social media platforms, either by personal use or in a professional brand setting
  • Strong computer skills; Experience with Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro a plus
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Willingness to learn and patience for mastering new skills
  • Desire and dedication to be a key contributing member to a hardworking team
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills
  • Initiative, flexibility and ability to work independently
  • Act in a professional manner at all times
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Extremely strong interpersonal skills
  • Takes responsibility for actions, results and mistakes
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in a changing environment
  • Meets commitments on a consistent and timely basis with infrequent unplanned absences
  • Maintains a positive can-do attitude

Education Licenses and/or Certifications etc.:

  • High School Diploma required
  • Marketing, Communications, or Journalism major or related subject required

Physical demands:

  • Ability to remain in a seated position for the majority of the day (between 70% -100% of work time)
  • Ability to work for extended and continuous periods at a workstation operating a computer, phone and other office equipment i.e., a calculator, copier, printer etc. (between 70% -100% of work time)
  • Need to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets from 10% to 15% of work time
  • Ability to lift or move supplies, equipment, boxes, documents and materials weighing up to 40lbs from 10% to 15% of work time
  • Must be able to communicate via phone, email and in-person with employees, students, IES Abroad colleagues and third party vendors for the majority of the day (between 70% -100% of work time)

Working conditions/Environment:

  • Must be able to work in the Chicago Head Office on a regular set schedule
  • Due to the open plan environment, this workspace may experience varying noise levels
  • The workspace is well lit but with no direct natural light

Fiscal responsibilities:

  • None


This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; and nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. The duties above are not to be considered a complete list of duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. Temporary modifications to provide reasonable accommodations do not waive any essential functions of the job requirements.

Application Deadline: 

Open until position is filled.

No phone calls or emailed status inquiries accepted.

How to Apply:

All applicants should submit an application including cover letter, resume, at least 2 writing samples and salary requirements by clicking 'Apply Now' at the right hand side of this page.

Please visit for more information about working at IES Abroad.

Equal Opportunity Employment:

IES Abroad is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We strive to treat people with respect; fully utilizing employee's abilities and promoting workforce diversity.

We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, national origin, citizenship, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation or genetic information or veteran status and/or any other status protected by applicable laws.

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