Friday, November 11, 2016

Spring 2017 Paid Communications Internship with New America

New America seeks applicants who have a strong interest in communications, public policy, web content, and analytics for our paid Spring 2017 communications internship.
The communications intern will assist our communications staff in extracting key information from our research and composing communications plans, media pitches, press releases, media lists, and website content. Candidates should demonstrate strong analytical and writing skills in their applications and an interest in the public policy issues relevant to New America.
The ideal candidate is a self-starter, has excellent writing and verbal skills, and has some experience or interest in public policy, media relations and PR, or journalism. Any prior experience in assembling infographics, data visualizations, social media graphics, or other material that may assist in communicating complex policy ideas is highly desirable.
Responsibilities:
  • Work 20-40 hours a week in our downtown D.C. office
  • Help the communications team compile communications plans, media lists, pitches, and press releases for programs studying a variety of timely domestic policy issues
  • Monitor press coverage of New America, and assist in capturing all media mentions in our Salesforce database
  • Conduct research and analytics projects to help New America assess its impact
  • Update and ensure consistent quality of content posted to the New America website
  • Occasionally take photos of New America public events, and manage the New America Flickr account
  • Provide as-needed staffing support to the events and production teams, especially over the course of New America’s three major spring conferences
  • 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 policy issues relevant to New America are preferred
  • Experience or interest in website editing and CMS
  • Strong attention to detail, together with excellent organizational skills and time management
  • Prior experience in Salesforce a plus
  • 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 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 one writing sample will not be considered. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submissions (by Friday, November 18) are recommended.  Apply here.