Fall 2018 Media Outreach Intern


COMPENSATION: This is a minimum wage position. A stipend can also be arranged, though all stipends will be paid directly to your school.

Hours per week

The internship is part-time (28 hours a week), for 8 weeks and based in New York City with an initial orientation, on-going supervision, and a final evaluation of the experience.



Start Date


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New York
New York
United States


The Opportunity Agenda seeks a Communications Intern for its New York office. The Opportunity Agenda is a non-profit communications lab that collaborates with social justice leaders to move hearts and minds, driving lasting policy and culture change. We amplify the inspirational voices of opportunity through a combination of communication expertise and creative engagement.

Working under the joint supervision of Julie Fisher-Rowe, Director of Narrative, Training, and Journalism and Michael Paul Jackson, Media Strategist, in coordination with other program staff, the responsibilities of the internship include, but are not limited to:

  • Audio/video and print archiving.
  • Reviewing and summarizing news coverage related to our key issue areas, including immigration, criminal justice, racial and economic justice, and poverty.
  • Monitoring media appearances by our Fellows and select partners.
  • Reviewing websites of advocacy partners and allies to keep abreast of upcoming events, reports, or other releases and updating our editorial calendar.
  • Authoring and/or providing support for blogs on key issue areas.
  • Building our press database and tracking journalists covering specific issues.
  • Researching and identifying organizations and individuals relevant to our work to update our organization-wide database.
  • Video editing for social media and/or other channels.

This internship offers exposure to strategic communications and media outreach to shift narratives on social justice issues.


  • Attending college/graduate school or recently graduated and thinking seriously about career direction.
  • Basic online research skills.
  • Applicants with previous non-profit communications experience will be given preference.


  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice.
  • A strong desire to work in non-profit communications.
  • Experience working in a professional environment.
  • Analytical, organizational, and general office skills.
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Comfortable taking initiative.
  • Detail-oriented, energetic, and quick learner with editing and research skills.
  • Proficient computer skills:
  • Familiarity with video editing platforms (Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, etc.)
  • Microsoft office, including excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with databases.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in English.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with diverse populations.
  • An interest in learning about social justice issues and media outreach.
  • A sense of humor, modesty, and enthusiasm for our work and mission.


The incumbent will have daily interaction with following internal departments: Development, Communications, and Operations. They will also have frequent interaction with other The Opportunity Agenda colleagues, partners, funders and Tides Center staff.


Regularly required, in an 8-hour day, to sit for 5-8 hours; stand/walk/move around for 1-4 hours. Lift up to 10lbs.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; lighting is in the standard range. Work in an open space office.


The Opportunity Agenda is a social justice communication lab. We believe in the power of communication and collaboration to drive lasting change. We collaborate with social justice leaders to help tell more compelling stories that drive lasting culture and policy change. Through a combination of communication expertise and creative engagement, we amplify the inspirational voices of opportunity. Based in New York City, The Opportunity Agenda is a non-profit organization dedicated to the idea that our nation can and should be a place where everyone enjoys full opportunity. To learn more about The Opportunity Agenda, visit www.opportunityagenda.org.

The Opportunity Agenda, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions, or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.


How To Apply



Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample to internship@opportunityagenda.org and include “Communications Internship” in the subject line. No phone calls please.