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Communications and Design Internship

ABOUT US:

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 $100 million in support of a healthy democracy. More information about Democracy Fund and our sister 501c4 organization Democracy Fund Voice may be found at 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 team to support the organization’s design, branding, and outreach work and to enhance the influence of our grantees and program-related efforts among target audiences during the Spring 2019 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 and will provide a holistic understanding of strategic communications planning and execution. 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist in the development of new branded templates, including for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Indesign
  • Work with staff to brainstorm and draft graphics and other visual content for social media
  • Research and help build out a robust library of on-brand graphical assets (photography, illustration, etc.)
  • Create a repository of social media assets, content, and templates — and guidance — for easy use by communications team colleagues
  • Assist in the creation, organization, and deployment of organizational swag
  • Participate in the process for the redesign of Democracy Fund’s website, including in synthesizing feedback and scheduling cross team meetings
  • Assist with posting grantee profiles on Democracy Fund's website
  • Support logistical and administrative needs of the Communications & Network team and collaborate internally across Democracy Fund as assigned
  • Write and distribute weekly update for the organization including status of ongoing projects and highlighting upcoming events

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • Candidates must be a college graduate or graduate student with an interest in and knowledge of design and communications — and a passion for the intersection of public policy, national politics, and journalism/media
  • Enthusiastic, thirsty to learn, proactive, willing to try new things, and eager for feedback
  • Experience with the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • 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
  • Experience in developing web content a plus, but not required
  • Professional in verbal and written communications, able to exercise good judgment
  • Willingness to work with leaders, advocates, and media from across the political spectrum
  • Position is based in Washington, D.C.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Please include a link to or PDF of a portfolio or any relevant projects in your resume upload. No calls please.

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, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply.

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