Monday, November 9, 2015

Communications Internship with Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

The Communications Department is seeking part-time and full-time interns for the spring with an interest in foreign policy, journalism, communications and public relations, web design, and marketing. Interns will experience Washington’s fast-paced media environment and see first-hand how policy and media intersect, and how to take reports from print to computer screen. Interns will monitor the organization's media profile, help draft press releases, work with the organization’s social media expert, assist with broadcast interviews, work on the media piece of Washington policy events and many other communications activities. At the end of the term, interns will have developed and diversified their skill-sets to further their careers as reporters, public relations representatives, and Capitol Hill press relations staffers. Applicants must be hard working and eager to learn new skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office is a must; experience with website content management systems and HTML are desirable but not required. Experience drafting press releases or media articles is also desirable.

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a nonpartisan policy institute dedicated exclusively to promoting pluralism, defending democratic values, and fighting the ideologies that threaten democracy. The organization was founded shortly after 9/11 by a group of visionary philanthropists and policymakers to engage in the worldwide war of ideas and to support the defense of democratic societies under assault by terrorism and militant Islamism. FDD combines policy research, investigative journalism, strategic communications, and democracy and counterterrorism education.

Based in downtown Washington, D.C., the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has a number of spring internship opportunities available. All FDD interns will have the opportunity to participate in a twice-monthly speaker series, which brings high-level DC officials and senior staff members to engage with interns in an intimate setting. FDD interns will be encouraged to build on their academic skills by working closely with senior staff. FDD is also happy to assist students who wish to earn academic credit for this internship. All internships are unpaid.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. It is recommended that interested candidates submit applications early.

-Must be at least a college junior (third year) in good standing.
-Must have at least a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
-Should have a relevant course of study and have completed coursework in any of the following fields: International Relations, Security Studies, History, Communications, Journalism, International Economics or Political Science.
-Interns should have knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, as well as basic Excel skills.
-Must be able to commit to a minimum of 22 - 40 hours per week.
-Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Application Materials Required:
1. Resume/CV
2. Cover letter (Please review our website and include which FDD projects and issue areas resonate with you and why. Also indicate where you found this internship.)
3. Writing Sample (no more than 3 pages)
4. Unofficial transcript copy

Please specify the department(s) for which you would like to be considered (feel free to indicate preferences in your cover letter). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

To Apply: In order for your application to be considered, send all application materials via email to Kristin Smoot, Intern Coordinator, at