Pay Your Tuition Funds Inc. Communications and Journalism Intern

 In Startup Hoyas

Hiring Organization: Pay Your Tuition, PYT Funds Inc.

Internship Title: Campus Sales Representative

Industry: Fintech and Educational Services

Contact Name: Stacie Whisonant

Contact Email: stacie@gopyt.com


About the hiring organization:
Launched in 2014, PAY YOUR TUITION (PYT) is a financial technology platform that helps college students complete the last stretch of their college education by facilitating microloans when they fall short of funds to graduate. Since many low- to moderate-income families face $5,000 or less annual gap in tuition funding, PYT founders launched the Pay Your Tuition Foundation (PYTF) in 2016 to augment PYT’s existing efforts and micro-lend directly to students. Together with the Foundation, PYT combines crowdfunding, traditional bank loans, and direct balance sheet lending in order to increase graduation rates and reduce student debt. PYT facilitates the Foundation’s underwriting of the loans by sourcing, qualifying and approving borrowers in need. By leveraging PYT’s innovative, data-driven credit scoring system, PYT creates a safety net for students from underserved communities to graduate, while providing new market opportunities for lenders.


Full internship description:

Intern, Communications & Journalism Launched in 2014, PAY YOUR TUITION (PYT) is a financial technology platform that helps college students complete the last stretch of their college education by facilitating microloans when they fall short of funds to graduate. Since many low- to moderate-income families face $5,000 or less annual gap in tuition funding, PYT founders launched the Pay Your Tuition Foundation (PYTF) in 2016 to augment PYT’s existing efforts and micro-lend directly to students. Together with the Foundation, PYT combines crowdfunding, traditional bank loans, and direct balance sheet lending in order to increase graduation rates and reduce student debt. PYT facilitates the Foundation’s underwriting of the loans by sourcing, qualifying and approving borrowers in need. By leveraging PYT’s innovative, data-driven credit scoring system, PYT creates a safety net for students from underserved communities to graduate, while providing new market opportunities for lenders. POSITION SUMMARY: The ideal candidate is a great writer, an avid storyteller, an intrepid researcher, and a creative communicator. You must excel in written and verbal communication, be social media-savvy, comfortable inside a website, and able to manage a complex assignment from start to end. You should be a detail person, a serious self-starter, and an adept project juggler. Success in this role is defined by your ability to help our team create and push out stories that tell the story of Pay Your Tuition. This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. It should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all required duties, responsibilities and skills KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: An individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed below at a satisfactory level: Communications –Work directly with the Executive Team with online research to illustrate our start-up story and the stories of our students. –Help gather, write, and disseminate content about our company and students helped This is an unpaid internship, but full class credit can be provided in coordination with faculty. Small transportation stipend provided. EDUCATION/REQUIREMENTS: The Spring Semester Associate opportunity is open to recent graduates or current students of undergraduate or graduate programs. Seeking an undergraduate or graduate student in the DC Metro Area majoring in journalism, communications, or public relations. We would like to train and work together before the winter break. The ideal candidate will have strong communication and marketing skills along with demonstrated leadership ability. Must be able to work both independently and as part of a team. Other selection criteria will include demonstrated project management and team leadership experience, GPA/academic achievement, and extracurricular/civic activities. Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, changing environment. Ability to work with all levels of staff. Excellent Microsoft Office, communication, data management, digital and social media marketing skills. Knowledge of public relations and media is a plus.


Degree Type: Undergraduate, Graduate

Internship Requirements:

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: An individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed below at a satisfactory level: Communications –Work directly with the Executive Team with online research to illustrate our start-up story and the stories of our students. –Help gather, write, and disseminate content about our company and students helped This is an unpaid internship, but full class credit can be provided in coordination with faculty. Small transportation stipend provided.


Hiring Period: Spring, Summer

Location: Washington, D.C.

Approximate Hours per Week: 20, Part Time

Compensation:Unpaid, Travel Stipend Provided


Application Due Date: 3/1/2017

How to Apply: Contact Stacie directly at stacie@gopyt.com

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