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Communications Internship

The Communications Department develops and articulates key public messaging for all of CDF’s strategic priorities, campaigns and rapid response needs. The department is comprised of three basic teams: the Media Relations Team, the Online Communications Team, and the Publications Team. These teams work together under the Vice President of Communications and the Deputy Director of Communications and in close cooperation with all other CDF departments and state offices to promote CDF’s brand and publicize its priorities through outreach to media, blogs and online social networks, print and online publications, online advocacy and email marketing, website content development and other promotional materials.

Interns in this department will assist the Media Relations, Online Communications and Publications Teams, but are encouraged to indicate a particular area of interest within those categories if one exists.

Communications Intern assignments include:

  • Media monitoring and summarizing relevant news coverage of CDF and relevant issue areas.
  • Assist with video recording, editing and production.
  • Set up and promotion of press conferences, speeches, Congressional briefings, and other public events.
  • Assist with drafting media advisories, press releases, pitch calls to media for events and briefing memos.
  • Research for briefing memos, op-eds and other publications.
  • Assist with online communications and CDF’s social networking sites.
  • Assist with archiving CDF videos from past events and conferences.
  • Helps maintain department financial records, including internal department financial reimbursements, travel vouchers and contracts with vendors.

Required Experience and Qualifications:

  • Strong verbal and editing skills.
  • Ability to multitask and to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be familiar with social networking sites.
  • Possess good interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to CDF’s mission and work.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in communications, journalism or political science fields will be given highest consideration.