Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Paid Spring Education Communications Internship with New America

New America’s Education Policy Program seeks applicants who have a strong interest in communications, social media, and education policy for our paid Spring 2016 Education Communications internships.
Communications interns assist our Education Policy Program analysts and communications staff in extracting key information from our research and composing engaging media pitches, press releases, blog posts, and social media content. Candidates should demonstrate strong analytical and writing skills in their applications and an interest in education policy issues.
The ideal candidate is a self-starter, has excellent writing and verbal skills and a background or interest in policy research or education issues. Any prior expertise in assembling infographics, data visualizations, social media graphics, or other material that may assist in communicating complex policy ideas would be useful.

Responsibilities
  • Work 15-25 hours a week in our downtown D.C. office.
  • Help to compile communications plans, identify target audiences, and produce press releases, media pitches, and social media content for Education Policy Program events, policy papers, and other projects.
  • Assist with keeping the Education Policy Program’s digital and social media channels updated with rich, timely content relating to events, policy work, and other projects.
  • Assist with compiling Education Policy Program newsletters.
  • Help identify stories in the news that are relevant to New America’s education policy research.
  • Monitor press coverage of Education Policy Program staff, and ensure each item is captured in our database.
  • Undertake various short research and writing projects, and light administrative duties as needed.
Qualifications
The ideal candidate will possess:
  • Excellent writing and communications skills.
  • Intellectual curiosity, motivation, and a desire to learn on the job.
  • Applied media relations experience and demonstrated interest in education policy issues are preferred.
  • Familiarity with social media tools like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck would be beneficial.
  • The ideal candidates will bring at least some technical expertise to the role, in areas like design and editing (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop); mapping; data visualizations; or coding (HTML, Javascript).
Application Process
Submit a cover letter and resume. We are looking for evidence of how you can communicate complex ideas in straightforward, intuitive ways, so include a writing sample and any examples of any other previous work that may be relevant to the position (graphics design, visualizations, charts, social media strategies, etc.) Candidates without at least a writing sample will not be considered. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submissions (by Wednesday, November 4) are recommended.