Posted 1 year ago

Policy & Communications Internship

Job Description
The Policy & Communications Intern at NASCSP will support the Policy & Communications Manager as well as the CSBG Project Manager . This position requires solid research and writing skills, familiarity with U.S. government, and experience with online communications and social media. Experience with graphic design, communications techniques, media relations, and data is also desired. This opportunity enables an independent and self-motivated over-achiever to learn research and communication best practices while gaining hands-on skills in the non-profit arena. Additionally, we are seeking someone with a passion for social justice and a desire to work on low-income issues.

The position will require 20- 25 hours per week during the summer and 15- 20 hours per week during the fall and spring. There will be 3 – 5 days per week required in the office and a possibility for remote work where applicable. Internship dates can be adjusted or extended if agreed to by all parties. The internship is unpaid. However, interns will receive a public transit stipend. The schedule is flexible and can be crafted to accommodate a part time job or class schedule if desired.

Primary Responsibilities
• Draft membership e-mails
• Copyedit and proof publications, blog posts, e-mails, and other internal and external documents
• Track media alerts and press stories
• Design FAQ’s, one-pagers, and other NASCSP tools and resources
• Create content for NASCSP’s social media (including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and The State of Poverty – NASCSP’s blog)
• Attend events and take detailed notes
• Assist in all other aspects of communications as necessary

• Read, analyze, and summarize reports from government agencies, think tanks, etc.
• Compile state specific information into fact sheets and reports
• Attend and report on Capitol Hill events, briefings, and hearings
• Conduct short term and long term research projects as assigned by mentor

Skills Required
• Majoring in Communications, Political Science, Journalism, Social Work, Public Relations, or a similar field
• Basic office skills (answering telephones, copying, faxing, e-mailing, etc.)
• Microsoft Office experience (Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, and Excel)
• Basic research skills and the ability to understand academic research reports
• Social Media experience (Facebook, Twitter, WordPress)
• Proofreading experience & professional writing skills

Skills Desired
• Nonprofit experience
• Political knowledge
• Capitol Hill experience
• Constant Contact, HootSuite, HTML, and Adobe InDesign experience

Education Required
• Presently enrolled in a 2 or 4-year accredited university/college

Things to remember
• NASCSP retains the rights to all creative work you do for us while interning
• If you require any paperwork for academic credit, be sure to provide that to your mentor. You are responsible for making sure your paperwork is taken care of correctly.

Application Instructions
NOTE: This internship will start in June and conclude in August. Exact start and end dates will be determined based on semester dates. Please email a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to Eric Behna at with the subject line “NASCSP Internship” by April 1, 2019.

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