Hikma Strategies Digital Storytelling Coordinator (Internship, Spring 2022)

Spring Semester 2022

Application Deadline: 8 November 2021

Who We Are

Hikma Strategies is a Vancouver-based small business that offers research consulting, content development, facilitation services, and training programs to help people with unique expertise thrive in any context. Following the completion of our pilot Entrepreneurship for PhDs course in Summer 2021, we are preparing to launch a new suite of programs and a podcast series to grow our emerging community of practice, the Hikma Collective. The Digital Storytelling Coordinator will work actively with our founder and team to facilitate this launch, co-create our storytelling strategy, and implement better practices across every component of our organization.

Why You Should Apply

We’re hiring a Digital Storytelling Coordinator for Spring 2022 to help facilitate and shape learning content and digital storytelling for our Entrepreneurship for PhDs program. This will be an engagement-focused role with minimal supervision, appropriate for a student with demonstrated intellectual curiosity and experience in digital marketing, communications, facilitation, creative storytelling, and fostering inclusive communities.

The Digital Storytelling Coordinator will be encouraged to bring their creativity and unique skill set to this role. We look for applicants who are excited to learn and test ideas.

As the nucleus of our emerging community of practice, we are committed to building and refining sustainable better practices across our organization. Every member of the Hikma team engages in the co-creation of an engaging, collaborative and transparent work culture.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a doctoral program in the humanities or humanistic social sciences at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Core Activities

  • Co-produce and share our new Hikma Collective podcast series, through which we record and share interviews with changemakers in higher ed, industry, and the social sector
  • Co-develop and implement a digital marketing & communications plan with metrics to track success
  • Draft and implement a social media strategy to engage and amplify our emerging community of practice
  • Create professional workplace samples to add to your portfolio, which may include podcast episodes, infographics, blog posts, slide decks, published web graphics, discussion topics and guides, and data analysis, visualization, and reporting
  • Develop webforms and experiment with integrations to optimize communications with program participants and collaborators
  • Develop brief weekly reports summarizing progress toward project goals
  • Draft written and visual marketing content, and receive detailed feedback and mentorship on your writing habits and communication style
  • Identify funding opportunities to support the development of social media and other digital storytelling opportunities


You will report directly to Dr. Erica Machulak, Founder of Hikma Strategies. You may also collaborate with and receive instructions from other Hikma team members.

What You’ll Learn

  • Work in a context with a heavy focus on entrepreneurship, community engagement, knowledge exchange, and strengths-based approaches to professional development
  • Receive coaching and mentorship from Hikma’s Founder
  • Develop digital storytelling assets such as infographics, blog posts, and visuals to communicate our work to diverse target audiences
  • Co-create the substance and circulation of an engaging public resource that will advance our organization’s mission and strengthen our knowledge ecosystem
  • Build skills in collaboration and digital content development
  • Participate in the development, delivery, and evaluation of Entrepreneurship for PhDs and other Hikma programs
  • Participate in the development of better practices to implemented across our organization and emerging community of practice

What We’re Looking For

  • Demonstrated experience facilitating inclusive and engaging learning spaces, with an emphasis on creating welcoming environments for participants from under-represented groups
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of audio and visual digital storytelling materials with an emphasis on podcast development—or willingness to learn
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with experience writing professional emails and social media content
  • Experience with creative storytelling in academic and/or non-academic contexts across a range of media
  • Strategic thinking skills, such as the ability to translate concepts across contexts
  • Reporting skills, such as the ability to synthesize qualitative and quantitative information into summaries or briefs
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills, especially related to tracking communications with a large volume of contacts
  • A proven ability to organize and deliver on a complex project over a period of weeks or months
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet deadlines
  • Ability to reflect on processes, identify creative solutions, and offer and receive constructive feedback
  • Working knowledge of a range of computer programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Zoom
  • Knowledge of podcast software such as Audacity, Adobe, and Zencastr an asset—or willingness to learn
  • Working knowledge of a range of communication platforms including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and content or learning management systems
  • Background, education, or experience with teaching discussion-based courses an asset—or willingness to learn
  • Background, education, or experience with teaching online an asset—or willingness to learn
  • Background, education, or experience with graphic design, data visualization, and/or audio editing an asset—or willingness to learn
  • Background, education, or experience in plain language and alt text an asset—or willingness to learn

This internship is administered and funded through the PublicsLab at The Graduate Center, CUNY. The PublicsLab will compensate 150 hours of work with $5000.

The application for this position is #24974 in GC Connect. Applications will be accepted until 8 November 2021.