Communications and Development Intern
Communications and development intern
About the role:
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a leading national education-reform think tank, seeks a communications and development intern to support its D.C. office this spring. This person will assist in a number of nonprofit-management tasks critical to maintaining and improving strong media and foundation relations. Regular duties include the following:
- Creating dissemination strategies and promoting Fordham’s research and events to new audiences
- Writing communications and development content for grants, websites, emails, and newsletters
- Researching and strategizing new funder prospects
- Tracking and analyzing Fordham’s impact on the education-policy debate
- Managing social-media platforms (including Twitter, Facebook, and Google+)
- Planning and organizing events
- Copyediting grant proposals
- Contributing to the Education Gadfly Weekly and as moderator on the Education Gadfly Show, as necessary
The position also includes clerical and administrative duties.
This role is diverse and challenging, and it requires a creative and committed individual. Potential interns should be college graduates who are organized, detail oriented, and able to work in a fast-paced and flexible environment. Experience in education policy or teaching is a plus. We’re excited to teach the ins and outs of communications and development, but a desire to learn, the ability to accept constructive criticism, and a proactive attitude are vital for success in this role.
The successful candidate will report to Fordham’s communications and development managers. The position is full time (Monday–Friday from 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., which comes out to forty hours per week, plus one-hour lunch breaks) and pays $12.50 an hour.
- A bachelor’s degree in English, communications, political science, or a related liberal-arts field, with demonstrated interest in communications, development, and nonprofit management
- A passion for education reform
- Self-motivated and a fast learner, with excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Organized and able to prioritize projects (many of which may be time sensitive)
- Thorough and thoughtful—able to help design events and media- and funder-outreach strategies, all of which require research chops and an ability to make and see connections
- Creative, flexible, and in possession of a good sense of humor (we have a tendency to film fun videos at Fordham, and our last two cohorts of interns contributed heavily to this process).
- Familiarity with social-networking tools (Twitter, Facebook, Google+), Adobe products, and data-analysis platforms, including Google Analytics, Microsoft Excel, Lexis-Nexis, and Meltwater; knowledge of programming and video and web design a plus, but not necessary
- Experience in the classroom, interning at nonprofits or in education policy, or working on student newspapers a plus
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals interested in an internship should submit a cover letter, resume, and an approximately 500-word writing sample here. A blog post or opinion column is highly preferred; academic writing is also accepted.