About the position

To acknowledge the need to create more equitable opportunities for professionals of diverse backgrounds and experiences, Porter Novelli created the Erica Smith Future Leaders Fellowship in honor of Erica Smith – a late Porter Novelli colleague and LAGRANT Foundation Scholar alumnae. This program is meant to inspire, prepare and create memorable, career-defining experiences for the next generation of change makers and storytellers in communications – which was what Erica strived to do every day.   

We are looking for 2022 graduates with an undergraduate, graduate, or associate degree and early-career professionals who want to pursue a career in the justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) field. This three-month immersive program will be focused on supporting JEDI initiatives for the company and for clients. The selected fellow will receive coaching and mentorship from Suzy An, Porter Novelli’s JEDI Leader, as well as direct engagement with several other senior leaders based on the fellow’s interests.

The program will be hybrid with the expectation of going into the office 1-2 times a week. Furthermore, the fellow should have the ability to travel to various Porter Novelli offices to experience and engage with JEDI work across the U.S. Following the fellowship, there may be an opportunity to be hired for a full-time role. 

The application process

If you are interested in the Erica Smith Future Leaders Fellowship, please upload your resume and submit a cover letter to our careers site by Friday, September 9 explaining why you are interested in the fellowship. Please reference information about the program here.

All applications will be reviewed, and the top candidates will be asked to participate in interviews. One fellow will be selected following this process.
What you will be doing
  • Research DEI trends and best practices  
  • Assist in the development of written materials, including plans, guidelines, tools, talking points, employee communications, social media content, etc.  
  • Support account teams with various DEI projects for clients
  • Participate in various Porter Novelli, Omnicom Public Relations Group and Omnicom meetings and initiatives
  • Coordinate team meetings, call agendas, call notes, and logistical support for cultural, educational and professional development events

Expectations for the role
  • Only applicants who have graduated from at least a two-year college / university will be considered
  • Have an interest in pursuing a career in communications with a lens toward justice, equity, diversity and inclusion 
  • Have relevant or transferable course work, volunteer work or research experience  
  • You enjoy writing and have a passion for learning, exploring and creating a culture of belonging
  • Have the ability to efficiently organize and manage multiple tasks with a keen eye for details
  • Have the ability to work full-time (M-F) for the duration of the program
  • The expectation is that you go into one of our offices 1-2 times a week
  • Have the ability to travel with the JEDI Leader to visit other offices
About Porter Novelli

Our ambition is simple – to become the most passionately recommended agency in the world. If you are a communications professional that shares our values of embracing imagination, collaborating fiercely, digging deeply, standing up for the right idea, liberating greatness and making a positive impact there's a home for you at Porter Novelli—Join Us. 
Porter Novelli is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in any aspect of employment against any person on account of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era or other eligible veteran, age, marital status, veteran status, or physical or mental handicap unrelated in nature and extent to an individual's ability to perform a job or any other characteristic protected by the employment discrimination laws in any state or political subdivision in which Porter Novelli does business. 
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