MassEcon is seeking interns to join our small, active, and dynamic staff this fall semester (August – December). We are looking for mature interns with a positive, can-do outlook who can work constructively in a team-oriented environment. This is an outstanding opportunity to gain exposure to all aspects of our mission-driven operation, work closely with senior staff, and to network with member organizations and the economic development community. The candidate will work in an environment where ideas are valued and innovation is encouraged. Check us out at www.massecon.com and on Twitter at @massecon.
Principal responsibilities include:
Communications, Writing & Research: Updating www.massecon.com through WordPress and providing content for social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Providing design, content, and research support for our electronic newsletters, presentations, and reports. The intern will learn to conduct research and write for our two monthly newsletters tracking growth in Massachusetts.
Event Planning & Execution: Each fall, MassEcon recognizes companies that are contributing to the Massachusetts economy through its Economic Impact Awards. The intern will assist in planning for this signature event, and as such will gain exposure to the major growth companies in Massachusetts. In addition, the intern will support the organization’s other meetings and events by designing and issuing invitations, maintaining guest lists, and assisting with audience building via phone and email outreach. Our interns attend all of our events and have significant opportunities to meet members of the business community.
Administrative Support: Providing general administrative support to the office including screening phone calls, drafting correspondence, assisting with meeting logistics, and other administrative tasks on an as-needed basis.
The intern should have the following skills and credentials:
Top-notch writing and research skills. Details matter!
Advanced computer skills in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
Demonstrated competence with Adobe Creative Suite, Constant Contact, and CMS tools
Ability to learn new computer applications that are relevant to design and communications
High comfort level in communicating in a public facing role
Enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree program
Transportation: We are located at 101 Walnut Street in Watertown. Accessible by public transit. Red line to Park and/or 70 & 71 buses from Cambridge and Brighton. Bike-friendly, free on-site parking.
Hours and Compensation: Minimum 16-20 hours/week, $12/hour.
Please email cover letter & resumes to Annie O’Connell at
Click here for a PDF of the internship description.
Past Co-op Students and Interns
“Working at MassEcon has been such a privilege because, not only did I have the opportunity to make connections with some of the top companies in Massachusetts, but I was also given the opportunity to work on many different aspects of projects. The work that I did ranged from writing tweets and newsletters, to designing banners, signage and Powerpoints that over 400 people would see, to editing video footage, to actually working at events. The unique experiences this internship offers run the gamut of communications jobs from writing to design. Annie, Doug, and Susan immediately made me feel welcome from my first interview, but they also pushed me to ensure that my work was the best it could be.
– Liza LaBossiere, Intern Fall 2016
“Working at MassEcon was an extremely valuable internship experience. From event planning to dealing directly with board members, I was exposed to every aspect of life at MassEcon and vastly expanded my knowledge. Susan, Annie, and Doug have made an extremely welcoming and open environment at MassEcon and I quickly became a valued member of the team. The company’s small size allowed me to take on more responsibility than I could have imagined and receive the receive the support and guidance I needed to flourish. During my time at MassEcon, I was able to grow my social media skills, gain firsthand experience with the editing and publication process of an in-depth research study, and develop creative ideas for restoring a key company program. I grew both personally and professionally throughout my internship and am incredibly grateful to have been part of such a small and inclusive team.”
– Alison Klemencic, Intern Fall 2016
“Working at MassEcon has been an incredibly rewarding experience. The inclusive nature of MassEcon’s small office environment allowed for me to contribute meaningful input in every meeting with Susan, Doug, and Annie. My tasks varied from researching 100+ companies to select our finalist companies for the 2016 Economic Impact Awards to conducting extensive interviews with high-level executives to ascertain data needed for Economic Impact Award company evaluation to maintaining our online social media presence. This work was essential to MassEcon operations, allowing me to see the measurable effects I had at this organization. Through my time at MassEcon, I grew both professionally and personally, and I am immensely grateful to have been able to work for MassEcon this summer
– Taylor Pfromer, Intern Summer 2016
“Undoubtedly, MassEcon has been the best experience yet in my professional development. Between the in-office work and the variety of ways I was exposed to communicating with member organizations, government officials, and company executives, working at MassEcon has given me broad exposure and insight into the business and economic development sector. Due to MassEcon’s size, interns have the opportunity to play an integral role in the organization’s services, and I was fortunate to participate in event planning and execution, author an executive summary, contribute to research projects and reports, and interview finalist companies for the Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards. In addition to being conducive to achieving a breadth of new or enhanced skills, MassEcon also maintains a fun and collaborative office. From the start, Susan, Annie, and Doug encouraged me to be vocal in staff discussions, and I always felt that my comments were well received and given serious consideration. The feedback and guidance I received while at MassEcon has been invaluable, and I am grateful to have spent my summer working for this organization.”
– Nick Fucci, Intern Summer 2016
“Working at MassEcon has been amazing learning and growing experience. As my first co-op through Northeastern University, I was able to learn about the various aspects of marketing and economics through hands-on work. It was valuable to see ideas turn into tangible results that promoted Massachusetts as a place to do business. I was fortunate to be part of creating value case studies that share stories of how important economic growth is, and to be part of planning activities including the Corporate Welcome Reception and Annual Conference. It was incredible to see business executives gather and celebrate the work and business that is done in Massachusetts. I truly felt part of the MassEcon team and could not have asked for a better team to work with. Susan, Doug, and Annie encouraged collaboration among the staff, as well as MassEcon members, and valued my suggestions and input. I not only learned new skills in programs, such as Constant Contact and Hootsuite, but also improved on existing skills, including WorkPress and InDesign. I am grateful for my time at MassEcon because I grew both professionally and personally.” – Joy Shen, Northeastern Co-op January – June 2016
“My time at MassEcon was a valuable and meaningful learning experience in varying aspects, not only in terms of my career goals, but also as an individual. Working at MassEcon is a very unique experience for college interns because of the high frequency of communication with the rest of the team, where your individual contribution and input is valued and recognized. In addition, I became very involved in the work and was able to see the importance of the work towards economic growth in Massachusetts through the success of the member companies and other tangible results, such as events, such as the Economic Impact Awards.” – Margaret Chang, Intern Summer 2015
“I found my time at MassEcon extremely valuable. Through the exposure to marketing, economic development and event planning. I learned new skills and could build upon my previous knowledge in those areas. What I enjoyed most about my time at MassEcon was the amount of face to face collaboration that occurred. There were frequent meetings with Susan, Doug and Annie where updates were given, decisions were made and ideas were shared. This sort of work environment encouraged me to input my own ideas and made me feel truly involved in the future of the company.”
– Charlotte Miller, Intern Summer 2015
“During my summer interning with MassEcon, every day on the job involved valuable opportunities for professional growth through hands-on work. As an assistant on one of the company’s economic research reports, I was given responsibilities that were core to the overall project, and I was able to see that my work had a real impact. In MassEcon’s highly collaborative environment, I received mentoring from senior staff that continues to help me thrive and always felt like a truly valued team member. I not only walked away with a number of new and improved skills, but with a greatly expanded knowledge of the industries and business trends that constitute Massachusetts’ economy. Overall, I could not have asked for a more rewarding experience, and I feel extremely fortunate for my time at MassEcon.”
– Miriam El-Baz, Intern Summer 2015
“My time interning at MassEcon was a fantastic learning and growth opportunity. Working with such a small and close-knit group, I was able to get a lot of hands on exposure not only to different aspects of marketing and communication, but to member businesses and their representatives as well. I was always given meaningful and impactful work and felt as though I was truly part of the MassEcon team. MassEcon helped me to further develop several of my professional skills, and my experience with the company and with the MassEcon team has certainly helped me grow and thrive both personally and professionally.”
– Emma Morse, Intern Spring 2015
“MassEcon was my first co-op experience through Northeastern University. I knew that I was interested in learning more about marketing, as well as the business-to-business world and how to maintain different types of relationships among a variety of industries. However, once my time at MassEcon ended, I left with so much more than I could have imagined. I was given so many opportunities to network and perfect my professional communication skills, whether that was in-person, on the phone or through email and newsletters. I was lucky enough to be a part of the Economic Impact Awards, which exposed me to a variety of different industries rooted in Massachusetts, and how impactful their presence has been on the economy as a whole. I felt that I was genuinely a valued member of the MassEcon team and it was incredibly rewarding to share ownership in much of what went on during my time working there. Overall, I could not have asked for a better co-op experience. MassEcon truly helped me flourish professionally and I am so grateful for my time there.”
– Sofia Rojo del Busto, Northeastern Co-op July – December 2014
“My time at MassEcon was a true learning experience. From day one, I was given responsibilities that were important to the organization’s daily operations. Most importantly, my ideas about marketing, communications, and event-planning were always listened to and valued. I was given room to learn by exposure and Susan, Annie and Doug were all active mentors throughout my time as an intern. I was lucky to play a role in which I felt as if I was making a difference, while working with great people and for a great purpose. Location is everything, and I’m thankful that MassEcon is where I happened to end up as I began looking toward my professional career.”
– Sam Melnick, Intern Summer 2014
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