Communications Intern – Internal and External Communications and Events – Summer 2023

Employer WPS
Location Madison, WI
Type Internship
Apply by Not specified
Posted on November 2, 2022


WPS Health Solutions is a leading not-for-profit health insurer in Wisconsin. Our services offer health insurance plans for individuals, families, seniors, and group plans for small to large businesses. We process claims and provide customer service support for beneficiaries of the Medicare program and manage benefits for millions of active-duty and retired military personnel across the U.S. and abroad. In 2021, WPS Health Solutions celebrated 75 years of making health insurance easier for those we serve.  Proud to be military and veteran ready.

Our Culture

WPS’ Performance-Based Culture is where the great work and innovations of our people are seen, fueled, and rewarded. We accomplish this by creating an inclusive, empowering employee experience, focusing on People, Work, and Conditions. This results in people bringing their authentic selves to work every day in an organization that successfully adapts to business changes and new opportunities. We are guided by our Purpose: Together, making health care easier for the people we serve.

In 2021 and 2022, WPS Health Solutions was recognized for several awards including:

Role Snapshot

The Internship Program with WPS Health Solutions is comprised of four key components. WPS interns will primarily focus on the responsibilities within their functional areas, as it relates to their respective field of study. In a group setting, interns will collaborate on the “Pay-It-Forward Project” – the development of a resource to be utilized for future program participants. The third component relates to exposure to corporate culture and training to aid in future career successes. At the conclusion of the program, interns will participate in a final presentation for senior executives by showcasing their experience in the program and functional areas.

What the team does:

The Corporate Communications Team works daily to fuel and demonstrate a new culture with great communications through storytelling and online interaction in a new remote-first work environment. They work closely with leaders and business units to aid in effective communications both internally and externally.  With a team motto of ‘make the company feel smaller by making the people bigger’, they focus on bringing people, projects, and the enterprise goals to life through communications.

What you will do:

  • Act as a brand journalist, driving a newsroom-like intranet with daily stories that create eager readers and improve awareness of key initiatives, people, and company news
  • Highlight people and partnerships through storytelling both internally and externally to drive culture, inclusivity, and improve scores to support enterprise goals
  • Build opportunities for employee interaction online and at in-person/online events, gatherings to support the new WPS workplace
  • Assist team in planning, organizing, executing, and reporting on the WPS Charitable Foundation Scholarship program (if not an active or potential recipient)
  • Help activate corporate sponsorship opportunities/events
  • Support social media functions with WPS events and community relations
  • Participate in projects and programs designed to develop professional skills and expertise appropriate to the needs of the organization
  • Attend staff meetings online and on site; serve on project teams as needed
  • Maintain knowledge and ensure the protection of hardware/software system security policies, including compliance of company policies and procedures

How do I know this opportunity is right for me?  If you:

  • Communicate with confidence, clarity, and sound reasoning when discussing concerns, ideas, and suggestions with all levels of staff and management
  • Have strong and effective creative and/or business writing skills
  • Have interpersonal skills, enthusiasm for people, and are able to work cross-functionally across different teams sometimes on several projects at a time
  • Brainstorm and workshop with others easily
  • Are motivated to meet deadlines and project due dates

What will I gain from this role?

  • Journalistic experience driving a news-like intranet and contributing stories that improve awareness of key initiatives, people, and company news.
  • A strong understanding of communication platforms such as Meltwater, SharePoint, Achievers, and MS Teams to advance company goals.
  • Our editors will make you a better writer as you develop within our style.
  • Experience working in an environment that serves our Nation’s military, veterans, Guard and Reserves, and Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Development in a supportive continuous performance environment.
  • Valuable experience that aligns with your career goals.
  • A well-rounded business toolkit that will serve you well wherever you go.
  • Connections with outstanding team members in multiple departments.
  • Great work examples for your portfolio.
  • Enthusiasm for the career ahead of you!

Minimum Qualifications

  • Be currently pursuing a undergraduate degree or recent graduate
  • Have experience with Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Actively involved in a professional development club or association such as PRSSA
  • Currently pursuing a degree in Journalism, Communications, Public Relations, English
  • Strong creative and/or business writing skills
  • Social media knowledge
  • Ability to navigate and learn computer communication platforms and systems
  • Effective communications skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Enthusiasm for people and storytelling
  • Brainstorming and work shopping abilities

Hourly Rate of Pay

  • The base pay offered for this position may vary within the posted range based on your job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The starting hourly range for this position is $17-$20

Work Location: Intern selected will participate in Company events in Wisconsin

Apply here.