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Communications & Network Internship - Fall 2017

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. We work on things that make democracy work better.

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, 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.

Learn more about Democracy Fund and our sister 501c4 organization Democracy Fund Voice by visiting www.democracyfund.org and www.democracyfundvoice.org

POSITION SUMMARY:

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 Fall 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.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Participate in brainstorming and strategizing sessions for communication and network products
  • Monitor, log, and analyze trends in organizational and grantee press coverage; build press lists and manage press database of national and state reporters
  • Collaborate with planning team for events, including researching initial hotels and venues for upcoming events and conferences; communicating with participants and invitees, quality checking event materials before distribution, and supporting other event work as needed
  • Research, fact check, and collect data for various materials and presentations
  • Maintain the organizational CRM database, including adding new subcribers and tracking event attendees.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support the Communications & Network’s administrative needs, including scheduling meetings, product production, and other projects
  • Write and distribute weekly update for the organization including status of ongoing projects and highlighting upcoming events

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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
  • Willingness to work with leaders, advocates, and media from across the political spectrum
  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample (less than 1000 words). No calls please.

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 Fall 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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