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Communications & Network Internship

The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation that invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. At the heart of our vision for the future are three core commitments: fostering more effective governance in the United States, modernizing our election and campaign finance systems, and strengthening our media and the public square to help people understand and participate in the democratic process. To date, we have committed more than $50 million in support of a healthy democracy.

Out of deep respect for the U.S. Constitution and our nation’s core democratic values, the Democracy Fund was established by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar. Incubated inside Omidyar Network, the Democracy Fund launched as an independent foundation in 2014 and is based in Washington, D.C. More information about our work may be found at

We are looking for a smart, creative, and enthusiastic full-time intern to work side-by-side with our Communications & Network team to support the organization’s outreach, network, and branding strategies and to enhance the influence of our grantees and program-related efforts among target audiences during the Summer 2017 term.


Interns are an integral part of our team, and are offered an opportunity work on a variety of tasks that are critical to our communications strategy, including:

  • Research & Writing: Interns conduct research on key subjects important to the Democracy Fund, including but not limited to: election administration issues, local journalism trends, governance, and other hot topics. Interns draft text and copy-edit press pitches, talking points, op-eds, blogs, memos, reports, newsletters, and other materials for events and briefings.
  • Social Media: Interns help develop content to advance Democracy Fund’s social media and networking presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, and assist with list construction and researching news and digital trends.
  • Administrative Support: Interns help provide logistical and administrative support the Communications & Network’s administrative needs, including scheduling meetings, product production, event planning, and other projects.



  • Candidates must be a college graduate or graduate student with an interest in and knowledge of the intersection of public policy, national politics, and journalism/media.

  • Enthusiastic, thirsty to learn, proactive, willing to try new things, and eager for feedback

  • Proficient proofreader, exceptional attention to detail.

  • Excellent organizational, project planning, and time management skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as with others in a collaborative, team environment

  • Professional in verbal and written communications, able to exercise good judgment

  • Basic familiarity with HTML is a plus

  • Willingness to work with leaders, advocates, and media from across the political spectrum

  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample, preferably on a topic related to the work of the Democracy Fund.

The Democracy Fund offers a paid internship program in an inclusive environment that gives students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to make important professional contributions to our work. For the Summer 2017 term, the pay rate is $21/hour for undergraduate interns and $25/hour for graduate level interns. The Democracy Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage candidates of all ages, colors, ethnic backgrounds, countries of origin, religions, disability status, sexual orientations, genders, and gender identities to apply.


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