Press Internship – Summer 2014
- Washington, DC
The American Action Forum is a non-profit “think-tank” in Washington, DC dedicated to thoughtful, timely, politically informed policy analysis. Our interns will have the opportunity to work with top issue experts as they apply our research to breaking current events, network with DC leaders, and publish their own public policy research.
Every American Action Forum issue expert joined the Forum with an exceptionally distinguished background. Some of the experts you will have the opportunity to work with include Doug Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action Forum and Sixth Director of the Congressional Budget Office, Cameron McCosh, Chief Operating Officer for the American Action Forum, who was recently named to “The 25 Most Influential Washington Women Under 35” list by the National Journal, and Dan Conston, Communications Director for the American Action Forum, who was recently named to Red Alert Politics “30 Under 30” list.
This is a part-time, paid internship. For more information on AAF’s internship program, please visit www.americanactionforum.org/internships.
As an intern on the communications team, you will be assigned and report to a specific member of the press shop at the American Action Forum. The press team manages the communications presence for the Forum with the goal of engaging the general public, legislative decision makers, and industry leaders in informed policy discussions. The timely nature of the Forum’s research plays a key role in the press and messaging strategies used by the communications team make a key difference.
Typical duties include:
- Run a war-room style clipping operation tracking daily relevant press coverage of our groups
- Draft press releases, blog posts, media advisories, tweets and more
- Create media monitoring reports of key initiatives we launch
As part of the internship, your responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:
- Research assistance: Interns will provide research assistance and data collection for their issue area director when in the office
- Event attendance: Interns will attend Capitol Hill hearings, private speaker events, and events held by other DC think tanks to analyze and report on the information presented
- Forum event support: Interns will help promote, run, and evaluate all Forum events
- Semester project: Interns will write a paper on a topic of their choice to be completed by the end of the semester. Issue area directors will assist the interns with their research and writing - the final papers will be published on the Forum’s website.
Hours and Compensation
- Interns must be available for 20 to 32 hours per week
- Interns will be provided an hourly wage to cover transportation and living expenses
- Interns will be responsible for bringing their own computer/equipment
- Excellent writing ability and communication skills
- An interest in the politics and policies of center-right conservatives
- Self-starting attitude
- Quantitative skills are desired but not required
Please include in your application a preferred start date, resume, cover letter, and writing sample of less than 1,000 words.
Documents must be submitted as a PDF file with the following file name:
Cover Letter: LastName_CL_Press
Writing Sample: LastName_WS_Press
(Example: Jane Doe’s Resume – Doe_Resume_Press)