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ReFOCUS Summer Internships

refocus logoReFOCUS
is a nonprofit based in New Orleans that implements Photovoice projects.   The Photovoice methodology provides cameras to marginalized groups of people with the goal of showing issues, policies, and life from their own point of view.

ReFOCUS is in the second year of running the MyNew Orleans Photo Project, which focuses on people affected by homelessness and asks them to show the Crescent City from their unique perspectives.  ReFOCUS seeks two interns to assist with this multi-month process.   Working with a network of local homeless service providers and a volunteer team of photographers and videographers, this year ReFOCUS will grow to the next level in provision of Photovoice projects and helping others have their voices heard.  The MyNew Orleans Photo Project produces several gallery shows and a calendar sold over the holiday season.

Prospective interns should be interested in Social Innovation Social Entrepreneurship and nonprofit management, journalism and/or photography, or community development.  Savvy technology users familiar with social media are desired.

Internship Descriptions (click blue buttons below for full position descriptions on the CPS page)

Community Outreach Intern

  • This intern will work with staff to mentor photo participants with photography and photo review process, and collect narratives about photos and encourage participants in their activities.
  • The ideal intern will be open-minded, a good listener, easy to talk to and make individuals feel comfortable. They should also be able turn conversations with participants into cohesive and interesting stories, and should be sensitive to issues of confidentiality of participant information.

Communications / Public Relations Intern

  • This intern will provide media relations support; liaise with local and national media; support web-based and print communications, serve as lead technical and creative writer, be an information resource to the public and internal and external audiences, and assist with coordinating marketing including publicity, advertising, and development of collateral materials
  • Using photo, video, and storytelling documentation from MyNew Orleans Photo Project activities through the summer months, promote a cohesive and intriguing story for donors, funders, and supporters to create an increased social media following. This will fuel support for the Kickstarter campaign and gallery shows in the fall.

Interested? Contact Heather Milton at with a letter of intent and your resume. 

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