Speechwriting Research/Public Affairs Intern

Hours per week

20-30 hours/week



Start Date


End Date



2600 Virignia Avenue, NW
Suite 1100
District of Columbia
United States


The Speechwriting Research/Public Affairs intern will assist the National Trust’s Speechwriter/Senior Manager for Public Affairs, and other members of the Public Affairs and Executive Office teams as needed, in extensively researching and crafting written and Powerpoint presentations, talking points, and statements for the president of the organization, as well as other Trust staff as needed. As part of this work, he/she will be expected to assist in researching topics, interviewing experts, and organizing stories, and to learn the fundamentals of good writing and speechwriting for non-profit leaders.

National Trust internships are temporary, volunteer experiential learning opportunities with no expectation of employment at the conclusion of the internship.

For this internship, the National Trust is offering a stipend of $2000 to help offset expenses. The period of the internship would be from approximately June 4 to July 27 for approximately 20-30 hours per week (some flexibility of schedule available) 


  • The Speechwriting Research/Public Affairs Intern will
  •  Assist in researching significant international presentations for the President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Help create and refine databases of speeches, stories, and other content for the organization
  • Will be expected to learn how to research, craft, and produce talking points for staff and/or written statements for potential dissemination to the Trust’s media channels as needed
  • Other duties or projects as assigned 


The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected preservation, speechwriting, and public affairs professionals in an educational setting at one of the nation’s leading arts & cultural and non-profit advocacy organizations. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in educational programming offered via the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Washington Office internship program. Students may also be eligible for college or graduate school academic credit at the discretion of their institution.  

Specifically, the intern will gain knowledge in the following areas: 

  • Conducting quality research on varying international approaches to preservation
  • Conducting useful interviews of preservation professionals and experts
  • Methods, techniques, and habits of effective speechwriting and other writing
  • Best practices in researching and writing for non-profits
  • Finding, developing, and organizing a database of stories and narratives for NTHP

At the end of the project the intern will have produced research documents and potential talking points and/or short press statements which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.


  • Strong research and writing aptitude; interest and some experience in speechwriting or persuasive writing/storytelling a plus.
  • Basic analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization. Basic project-organization skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Ability to collaborate and achieve results with supervision, including ability to interact professionally with key internal and external stakeholders as needed.
  • Strong organizational skills required, with ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently, and meet deadlines in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Friendly and professional demeanor on the phone and in writing, with ability to speak and write clearly in English. Bi-lingual language skills a plus.
  • Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse colleagues; connections to or experience helping to engage culturally diverse audiences and partners a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word and PowerPoint. Excel experience a plus.
  • Bachelor’s level studies (or equivalent years of experience) required; current or rising juniors, seniors or graduate students preferred. Studies or demonstrated interest in history, public affairs/communications, journalism/writing, international non-profits, or preservation preferred. 

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