Joint Center Communications Intern


Joint Center Communications Intern

POSITION TITLE: Communications Intern

ORGANIZATION: The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

LOCATION: Washington, DC

JOB-TYPE: Unpaid Internship (College credit available for the following majors: African American Studies, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Journalism, Public Policy, Mass Communications, Public Relations)

ABOUT US: Founded in 1970, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is the leading think tank that produces high-quality research and solutions that inform innovative elected officials at every level of government who serve communities of color.  Key research areas include criminal justice reform, voting rights, technology, education, and economic development. 

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Joint Center Communications Intern will provide support for the Digital Media Associate. The Intern will assist with the planning and execution of Joint Center communication projects, including but not limited to, media packages, social media and blog posts, media production, and website design and maintenance.  While the Communications Intern will meet regularly with the Joint Center team, much of the work can be done virtually.


  • Work collaboratively with the Joint Center team to plan and execute communication projects 

  • Assist the Digital Media Associate with building and maintaining a social media network of elected officials of color from around the nation

  • Assist the Digital Media Associate with drafting and/or editing of blog posts, social media, company newsletter, and other written materials

  • Help maintain the Joint Center's website and social media pages

  • Assist with the planning and execution of events

  • On occasion, assist the Digital Media Associate with photography and/or videography of Joint Center events

  • Other duties as requested 


  • Current undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in journalism, public relations, communications, or multimedia preferred

  • Strong writing and editing skills

  • Strong organizational and time-management skills, including discipline, initiative, and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines; ability to both work independently and with a team; ability to be very productive while working remotely

  • Enthusiasm for race and policy

  • Photography & video skills a plus but not required

Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, writing sample, portfolio (if applicable) and two references to Morgan Butler ( in PDF format. No phone calls please.

The Joint Center is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, January 15, 2016 (interviewing candidates on a rolling basis, early application encouraged) 

START DATE:  Monday, January 25, 2016



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