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Spring 2020 Digital Communications Intern

New America’s Education Policy Program (EPP) seeks applicants who have a strong interest in communications, public policy, web content, and analytics for our paid Spring 2020 communications internship. 

 

The communications intern will assist our communications manager and associate in extracting key information from our research, composing communications plans, media pitches, as well as website content, social media collateral, and analytics reports from our website and digital assets. Candidates should demonstrate strong analytical and writing skills in their applications and an interest in (or desire to learn about) public policy issues relevant to New America and Education Policy. 

 

The ideal candidate is a self-starter, detail-oriented, has excellent writing and verbal skills, and has some experience or interest in public policy, social media, website or social listening analytics, media relations and PR, or journalism.

 

Responsibilities

  • Work 30-40 hours a week in our downtown D.C. office (hours flexible)
  • Help the communications manager and associate write communications plans, media lists, and pitches for programs studying a variety of timely education policy issues
  • Assist in the management of EPP’s social media accounts and development of sharable graphics
  • Monitor press coverage of New America’s Education Policy Program, and assist in capturing all media mentions in our Salesforce database
  • Assist in the composition of analytics reports from social listening software and GoogleAnalytics to inform digital communication strategies and updates for leadership
  • Update and ensure consistent quality of content posted to the New America website in accordance with our brand and style guidelines
  • Provide as-needed staffing support to education policy events 
  • Undertake various short research and writing projects, and light administrative duties as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

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
  • Proofreading and copyediting skills
  • Experience or interest in website editing and CMS
  • Strong attention to detail, together with excellent organizational skills and time management
  • Prior experience in Salesforce, Google Analytics, social listening software, and/or email marketing platforms a plus
  • Some technical expertise—in areas like graphic design and editing (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop); mapping; data visualizations; or coding (HTML, Javascript)—is a plus

 

Application Process

 

The application deadline is rolling but candidates who submit before Monday, October 14th will be preferred.

 

Submit a resume (cover letter optional). We are looking for evidence of how you can communicate complex ideas in straightforward, intuitive ways, so include a writing sample between 500 and 800 words on the topic of your choice and 3 tweets or social media posts promoting key points or enticing someone to read your content. You are encouraged to be as creative as possible. You may also include 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. The ideal candidate would be available to start in early-to-mid-January.

 

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 clientele, 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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