The Communications Intern works, in conjunction with the Communications Department staff, on outreach to national, state, and minority broadcast and print media. This often includes rapid responses to breaking news. The Communications Intern will have the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects.
Potential projects may include the following
- Compiling daily media clips
- Assisting with logistics for press conferences
- Pitching story ideas to print, radio, and TV reporters at the national and local levels
- Building or expanding media databases
Interns at Families USA are considered part of the staff. In addition, Families USA encourages interns to take part in the active political community of Washington, D.C., by attending hearings on Capitol Hill, press conferences at the National Press Club, and policy forums at other organizations and think tanks, such as the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Center for American Progress. Interns also participate in "brown bag" discussions of advocacy work, political issues and the role of Families USA senior staff.
- A passion for progressive causes and an interest in politics are a must.
- Strong oral and written communication skills are essential.
- The intern must also be highly organized and pay close attention to detail.
- Interns are paid ($9.50 per hour) and work 30-40 hours per week.
To apply for Families USA's Communications Internship program, please send a cover letter, current resume (listing applicable work and educational experiences), a three- to five-page writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references (two of the references must be non-academic) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Communications Internship” in your email subject line.
There is no deadline to apply. Applications are reviewed and interns are hired on a rolling basis. Start and end dates are negotiable.