Intern, Communications (Summer 2022)

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The States United Democracy Center, a nonpartisan organization focused on the critical role states play in election protection, is hiring a Communications Intern for the Summer 2022 session. 

 Working closely with the Digital Communications Manager, the Intern will provide administrative and programmatic support to the Communications team. The Intern will also have an opportunity to learn about traditional and digital communications, democracy and election protection, and the operations of a non-profit. 

 About the Organization

The States United Democracy Center is a new and growing nonpartisan organization advancing free, fair, and secure elections. We focus on connecting pro-democracy state and local officials, law enforcement leaders, and other partners across the U.S. with the tools and expertise they need to safeguard our democracy. During the 2020 election, then as the Voter Protection Program, we quickly became a go-to resource for state leaders, the press, and partner organizations. By bringing together current and former governors, secretaries of state, attorneys general, and law enforcement leaders for the first time, we helped build a nonpartisan firewall against those trying to undermine democracy. Now as States United, we support these partners in protecting the integrity of elections, holding those who seek to undermine democracy accountable, and preventing acts of political violence.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist communications staff with administrative work, including file management, drafting correspondence, and meeting coordination.
  • Assist in creating social media campaigns, as well as content for online and email communications.
  • Keep track of social listening and digital analytics, and use insights to recommend social, email or online marketing improvements.
  • Keep abreast of latest digital trends and suggest innovative ways to apply learnings to the organization’s digital portfolio.
  • Assist in media relations, including compiling press clips and supporting coordination and tracking of interview requests. 
  • Assist in maintaining organizational contact lists including press lists.
  • Supporting staff in drafting, proofreading, and fact-checking communication materials including talking points, press releases, statements, media advisories, newsletters, op-eds, website posts, and backgrounders on a variety of issues related to States United’s mission.
  • Conduct online research and write background memos.
  • Attend and take notes at meetings and prepare lists of follow-up tasks.
  • Manage meeting logistics, such as conference rooms, attendees, audio visual (AV), and catering needs.
  • Prepare materials for meetings and events, including agendas, handouts, slide decks, talking points, and briefing memos.
  • Additional responsibilities may include filing press clips, tracking media appearances, and providing support for litigation and report rollouts. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college/university with an interest in communications, public relations, and/or journalism.
  • Available to work 35 hours a week in summer. 
  • Demonstrated passion for States United’s issues and the following skills and competencies:
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Strong writing, editing, interpersonal communication, and research skills
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work independently on projects from conception to completion
  • Ability to work under pressure at times
  • Ability to use sound judgment and discretion in working with confidential and/or sensitive information
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Ability to multitask and respond effectively to changing workloads and priorities
  • Ability to solve problems and creatively leverage resources to arrive at a resolution
  • A positive attitude and demonstrated concern for people and community, self-confidence, common sense, good listening ability, and a collaborative orientation.

Compensation + Benefits:

The compensation for this internship will be $17.00 per hour. 

This position is not eligible for employee benefits.

Our offices are located in Boston, MA and Washington, DC. 

This position will include flexibility to be remote.


States United Democracy Center is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

The States United Democracy Center, a nonpartisan organization focused on the critical role states play in election protection, is hiring a Communications Intern for the Summer 2022 session. 

 Working closely with the Digital…

Details at a Glance

  • Internship Benefits
    Academic Credits
  • Payment
  • Stipend / Wage
    17.00 per hour
  • Hours Per Week
    35 hours per week

How to Apply


Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
1420 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

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