Fall 2019 Communications Intern (Paid)

New America - Washington, DC 20005 (Logan Circle area)
$14 an hour

Do you thrive on making complex ideas accessible to a more general audience? Do you love the challenge of developing engaging messaging and improving website usability? Do you love to write about technology? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you should think about a communications internship with the Open Technology Institute at New America (OTI). The communications internship at OTI offers the opportunity to work on the many issues at the core of OTI, including net neutrality, encryption, freedom of expression, and exploring issues related to technology as it affects communities.

OTI seeks an enthusiastic, motivated undergraduate or graduate student or an individual with similar experience for a full-time communications internship for fall 2019 in our Washington, D.C. office. You should be passionate about tech policy and interested in learning about and breaking down complex issues for broad audiences, while working in a rapidly-changing environment.

OTI works at the intersection of technology and policy to ensure that every community has equitable access to digital technology and its benefits. OTI's staff includes noted experts on multiple issues who work closely with a diverse team of policy experts, technologists, social scientists, and data analysts. OTI is housed within New America, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States. OTI's work covers a range of internet policy issues, including but not limited to net neutrality, broadband access and adoption, wireless broadband and spectrum, cybersecurity, encryption, government surveillance, Internet governance, privacy, and civil liberties.

About the Job:

OTI is looking for a Communications Intern to work with our internal communications team. You will support OTI's efforts to build public discussion around issues by assisting with press list curation, content creation, creating visuals for the website and for social media, and supporting institutional efforts to refine the user experience on our website. You will report to the Communications Manager. The internship is based in Washington, D.C., right next door to the White House.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Support analysis and strategic planning
    of our next social media strategy;
  • Track reporting on OTI issues, and draft relevant media pitches;
  • Update OTI's press lists;
  • Track and archive OTI press/media hits;
  • Website Audit - assist in managing and repairing user experience issues;
  • Support OTI events through live tweeting and research
  • Issue Based One Pagers - compile recent outputs on our issue areas that can be easily sent out for pitching or tailored as a quick hits reader;
  • Visual Designs/Graphics - to be used on social media, in reports and more;
  • Support OTI's editorial efforts - research, content creation, and copyediting.

You will also have the opportunity to author or co-author blog posts, articles, press releases or press pitches, as well as the chance to attend educational events in Washington, D.C.

Required Qualifications:

  • Interest in gaining experience and developing a career in communications;
  • A self-starter with a positive attitude who can take on projects with minimal supervision;
  • Strong written and verbal skills;
  • Strong organizational skills, and highly detail focused;
  • Available to work at least 30 hours a week.

Additional Skills (a plus, but not required):

  • Familiarity with Salesforce;
  • Video editing or print design experience;
  • Knowledge of Adobe InDesign & Photoshop;
  • Experience with a variety of social media platforms;
  • Interest in tech and policy.

Application Process:

To apply, please submit a resume, one-page cover letter, and a brief (no more than 3 page) writing sample. Internships are paid $14/hour. Start date is flexible, and submissions will be considered on a rolling basis.

No phone calls please.

New America is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our mission, our employees, and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one's employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.

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