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Communications and Public Affairs Internship

Date: Sep 9, 2022

Location: LAKE FOREST, IL, US, 60045-5201

Company: Grainger Businesses

About Grainger:

Grainger is a leading broad line distributor with operations primarily in North America, Japan and the United Kingdom. We achieve our purpose, We Keep the World Working®, by serving more than 4.5 million customers with a wide range of products that keep their operations running and their people safe. Grainger also delivers services and solutions, such as technical support and inventory management, to save customers time and money.

We're looking for passionate people who can move our company forward. As one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, we have a welcoming workplace where you can build a career for yourself while fulfilling our purpose to keep the world working. We embrace new ways of thinking and recognize everyone is an individual. Find your way with Grainger today.


Position Details:


Grainger’s communications and public affairs internship supports the team’s mission to enhance the company’s reputation, reinforce the company’s culture and enhance the team member experience.


This will be an opportunity to explore potential career options within communications and public affairs, such as media relations, social media, and internal communications, while simultaneously gaining intensive, hands-on experience. This role will also require the team member to partner cross-functionally with other Grainger business areas.


The internship experience will be part of a structured program that combines learning about how Grainger creates unique value for its customers; contributing to department objectives; and developing essential communications, interpersonal and leadership skills.


It will also consist of a meaningful project that contributes to Grainger’s business. At the end of the internship, Grainger interns will provide a formal presentation to their respective leadership teams.


The summer schedule also consists of lunch-and-learns with Grainger executives, visits to Grainger’s field operations and intern teambuilding activities.


You Will:


  • Work with communications and public affairs team members to build and execute a strategic communication plan that helps protect and enhance the company’s reputation with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Produce work that supports communications initiatives, which may include corporate reputation research and recommendations, press releases, key message documents, media and social media influencer analyses and more.
  • Learn and apply industry-specific skills including writing for media, media interview training, traditional and social media monitoring, media pitching, presenting, client management, project management and results reporting.
  • Work on a specific project for the duration of the internship that brings value to Grainger and its stakeholders. Past project examples include analyzing and enhancing Grainger’s media website; researching and developing a plan to execute more collaborative communications among global team members; and researching, developing, and building communications training materials for Grainger managers.


You Have:


  • Candidate must be pursuing bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations or related field.
  • Strong academic record with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Prior communications-related experience or internship preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks effectively.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to fluctuate between working independently and with a team.
  • Intermediate level of expertise in Microsoft Office is required.
  • Knowledge of social media platforms, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, preferred.



DEI Statement

Grainger is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.