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Public Square Program Internship, Spring 2020


Democracy Fund is  seeking highly motivated candidates to support the Public Square Program for the Spring 2020 term. Please note that this is a full-time position (35-40 hours/week expected).

The Public Square Program focuses on vibrant media and citizen engagement by supporting innovations and institutions that help people better understand and participate in the democratic process. We’re looking for candidates with experience in journalism, communications, and/or civic innovation who are passionate about the future of journalism and making our political system more effective. A successful candidate believes that media plays a critical role in the public square, and believes that all communities should have access to the news and information they need to participate fully in our democracy.


  • Provide logistical support during meetings with journalism grantees and partners—this may include note-taking, drafting memoranda, proofing and copy editing materials, and welcoming visitors to Democracy Fund's office.
  • Research issues in key policy areas relating to Democracy Fund’s strategic objectives and oversee regular database updates.
  • Actively engage with all staff at Democracy Fund as a capable and collaborative team member. We count on our interns to contribute to discussions and help develop solutions to some of the greatest problems our nation faces today.
  • Assist in evaluating grantmaking opportunities and with the preparation of internal memoranda and other materials that are part of the grantmaking process.
  • Provide your unique perspective on our focus areas including but not limited to: local news, engaged journalism, and press freedom, through the contribution of expertise, research, and writing.
  • Contribute to the Public Square’s Local Fix newsletter and Local News Lab website.



  • A deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • Willingness to contribute, learn, and respectfully engage with those who have different perspectives
  • Ability to work full time (35-40 hours/week)
  • Enrollment in (or completion of) an undergraduate or graduate university program, or equivalent experience in the field
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational, project planning, and time management skills
  • Professional demeanor
  • Success in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team 
  • Eagerness to learn, high self-motivation, and orientation towards details
  • Position is based in Washington, D.C.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please confirm your availability for the fall semester, including ideal start/end dates and hours per week. Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to follow up with all applicants. No calls please. 

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 Spring 2020 term, the pay rate is $21/hour for undergraduate interns and $25/hour for graduate level interns. Democracy Fund is committed to a diverse workplace, seeking voices and expertise from people from across the political spectrum. Our board, staff, advisors, and grantees include Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Democracy Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where we encourage candidates of all ages, color, ethnic background, country of origin, race, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply.

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