Content Development and Marketing Intern

Are you interested in developing your marketing and social media portfolio for a future career? Have you always wanted to be an influencer? Excited about developing content that will be seen by thousands? Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (@downtownharrisonburg) is looking for 1-2 talented and creative interns who have a knack for writing, storytelling, research, and social media, and are excited to share what downtown has to offer. Apply to be an intern for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance!
Internship hours are flexible and can be tailored to university departmental requirements and student schedules. Internships may be completed for college credit or for pay as budget allows.
To apply, please prepare a resume and cover letter along with three work samples. Please submit these items by emailing
Do you have questions or want to discuss this internship further? Email Emily Winter at to set up a meeting.

What is Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance?

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to downtown revitalization. Founded in 2003, HDR is conveniently located in the Ice House building in historic downtown Harrisonburg. At HDR, staff and interns work closely to promote the downtown district, create engaging events for the community, and provide support to downtown businesses.

Responsibilities May Include:

  • Producing regular social media “Takeovers” that showcase the wide variety of downtown businesses and points of interest.
  • Researching and writing regular blog posts including “round-up” style posts (i.e. Valentine’s Day date ideas) and “Friendly Faces of the Friendly City” features (interviewing and telling the stories of people in the downtown community)
  • Developing video content for our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok), YouTube channel, website, etc.
  • Taking ownership of our online directory and events listings, including researching downtown businesses to write and update compelling directory entries and adding events to our Events Calendar on our website’s WordPress backend
  • Assisting with other content development and writing tasks as needed, which may include work on our website, email newsletter, social media, community events, and developing print materials
  • Other duties as assigned – we encourage interns to bring in their own passions and ideas to promote downtown Harrisonburg!

    We want this internship to be a good learning opportunity for you. Do you have a project or a skill that you would like to work on, but is not listed? Contact Emily Winter at, let’s have a conversation about it.

Skills required:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent project and time management skills with the ability to work independently and manage multiple projects and tasks at once
  • Familiarity with social media and other marketing channels
  • Ability to jump in and learn new processes and systems (such as WordPress and Mailchimp)

Skills that aren’t required but would be a plus:

  • Video production and/or photography
  • Canva/graphic design
  • Familiarity with downtown Harrisonburg


Send resume, cover letter, and 3 work samples to:

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance
Emily Winter
Director of Marketing
Subject line: Content Development and Marketing Intern

Questions? Feel free to call Emily at 540-432-8936.