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Communications Associate

The African American Museum of Iowa seeks a Communications Associate. This part-time position (regularly scheduled for 21 hours/week) reports to the Executive Director but will work closely with and take direction from all Museum departments. The ideal candidate will be organized and efficient at balancing simultaneous projects. Primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, developing communications materials such as press releases, event flyers/posters, and creating and maintaining print and social media engagement opportunities with museum contacts that align with the museum’s mission and strategic goals. Preferred work schedule is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm.


An Associate’s Degree or two years experience in English, Public Relations, Marketing, Communications (or related field). Experience in the arts and culture industry or in the communications field is expected. Experience maneuvering a variety of social media platforms and proficiency in all components of Microsoft Office Suite and database management is required. Graphic design experience is preferred. The ideal candidate should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be dependable and organized, and have an interest in the Museum’s mission to preserve, exhibit, and teach the African American history of Iowa.

Reliable transportation is necessary for regular distribution of printed communications as well as frequent presence at workshops, fairs and other community events as needed. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.


  • Develop print and electronic communications including, but not limited to, flyers, posters, press releases, postcards, letters, and emails.
  • Utilize electronic communication platforms such as Constant Contact, Hootsuite, community calendars, website, social media, etc.
  • Creatively and strategically promote all Museum exhibits, programs, facilities, special events.
  • Coordinate the Museum’s quarterly newsletter, the Iowa Griot.
  • Work with the Museum team to develop communications strategies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Regularly update email mailing list
  • Regularly distribute printed communications within the Czech/NewBo District and greater Cedar Rapids area
  • Develop and maintain media and community relationships
  • Other duties as assigned

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Writing and/or graphic design samples may be requested. This position is open until filled.

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Internship Opportunities

Internships are available to current and recent undergraduate and postgraduate students. Internships are unpaid. To apply for an internship, submit an internship and volunteer application.

Curatorial Internship

Assist the curatorial staff with developing upcoming exhibits and managing the museum’s collection, archives, and library. During your internship, you may:

  • Catalog objects, archives, and library materials in the AAMI’s PastPerfect collections management database
  • Write condition reports and photograph objects
  • Rehouse objects and archival material in storage
  • Digitize collection materials
  • Complete oral history transcriptions
  • Conduct research for future AAMI exhibitions
  • Assist with the development and installation of temporary exhibitions
  • Assist with the development of traveling exhibitions


Scheduling is flexible based on the intern’s availability and is established at the start of the internship. Available hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The total hours of completed may be dictated by the intern’s college or university.


  • Undergraduate or graduate student in museum studies, public history, history, African American studies, American studies, English, or other relevant discipline
  • Previous experience in museum collections or exhibition development is advantageous, but not necessary
  • Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail

Education Internship

Assist the education staff with developing and leading guided tours, workshops, and public programs. During your internship, you may:

  • Develop new adult presentations based on historical research.
  • Create and execute new workshops for students in PreK through 12th grade.
  • Assist in planning programs and events


Complete your hours between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday depending on the availability of your immediate supervisor. We request that you’re available at least one morning each week. Night and weekend hours are available only when assisting with special events and programs.


You must have an interest in working with children and adults in a professional setting.

Marketing Internship

Contribute to print and online marketing for educational programming, exhibits, partnerships, and events. During your internship, you may:

  • Assist in the creation of signage, circulars, mock-ups, email campaigns, online promotion, etc.
  • Assist in the distribution or delivery of marketing materials
  • Assist with fulfillment of marketing offers
  • Assist with community festivals
  • Perform analysis of marketing data
  • Seek and analyze competitor marketing materials both on and offline
  • Prepare presentations
  • Enter contact information into contact management systems
  • Support social media efforts
  • Track public relations activity


Complete your hours Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.


  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment
  • Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in public relations, marketing, advertising or related field
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Extensive knowledge of Web and social media
  • PowerPoint, Word and Excel experience preferred