LOCATION: Washington, DC
COMPENSATION: This is an unpaid position with modest help for transportation costs. Academic credit may be available.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Work with program staff, managers and directors, and the Executive Director to achieve the mission of ending the death penalty in the US and supporting efforts worldwide. Specifically, communications interns will support the organization in implementing its national advocacy campaign to end the death penalty as well as in supporting state-based campaigns to repeal the death penalty or otherwise reduce executions and death sentences.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Duties include substantive research and writing. Communications interns conduct research on target audiences and media outlets; draft copy for online and print communications; track coverage; help implement the organization’s social media strategy; help with press outreach and media event coordination as applicable; and conduct research on and write about case-specific initiatives as well as issue advocacy campaigns.
Applicant should note in his or her cover letter any special interest or experience in issues relevant to the position, including past anti-death penalty or broader criminal justice reform knowledge and experience as well as any direct experience working in the communications field.
QUALIFICATIONS: Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a 4-year degree or Masters degree program in a the communications field; excellent research and writing skills; attention to detail; ability to draft succinct and comprehensive copy for a variety of uses (i.e. blog posts, web copy, reports, press releases, etc.); knowledge of the legislative process and advocacy campaigns; and advanced knowledge and familiarity with social media tools including Facebook and Twitter. Video/photography skills are a plus.
TO APPLY: Please submit resume, cover letter and writing sample along with three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include COMMUNICATIONS INTERN APPLICATION in the subject line. Note your availability including preferred start and end dates as well as any limitations you may have to working regular fulltime hours. No phone calls please. Positions are available year-round and applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. The National Coalition is an equal opportunity employer, and people of color, women and LGBTQ persons are encouraged to apply.