Communications Intern





Application Deadline



New York
New York
United States


Notice of Open Position

Title:              Communications Intern

Location:       650 Fifth Ave., 19th floor, New York, NY

Reports to:    Communications Director

FLSA Status:   Temporary - Part Time – Non-Exempt

This is a paid and flexible, part-time internship reporting to the Communications Director, whose office is located at 650 Fifth Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10019. 

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties. For more information, please visit


The Communications Intern will provide holistic communications and administrative support to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Communications Team. This person will participate in support tasks for all of the foundation’s public relations, marketing, internal and grantee communications, media monitoring, content creation, design projects, social media and website maintenance. In addition to working with the Communications Director, the Intern will work closely with the Communications Associate and the Executive Assistant to the President and Board Liaison, as well as other foundation staff. The Intern will gain a close understanding of the processes of the Communications Team in addition to in-depth exposure to the foundation’s work overall.



• Monitor media coverage related to the foundation’s staff and trustees, programs, awards, activities and grantees, and draft concise summaries of recent news for internal circulation.

• Assist with updates to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation website by drafting and uploading content through the site’s content management system.

• Assist in the development of new content for the “Grantee Spotlight” section of the foundation’s website, which may require conducting research, interviewing foundation colleagues and/or grantees, and writing.

• Perform longer-term research projects on topics including, but not limited to, trends in website/homepage aesthetics and structure, and communications-related contractors and vendors.

• Proofread press materials and website content, and ensure their adherence to the foundation’s in-house style guide.

• Perform vital research for public relations projects, including sourcing media contacts for focused outreach on key foundation initiatives.

• Assist in the development and monitoring of content for the foundation’s social media presence.

• Provide general administrative support to the Communications Team, including occasional copying, creating reports, taking meeting notes, generating meeting minutes, and coordinating schedules for small and large meetings as required.

• Assist in managing photo shoots and selecting photography to complement editorial content.

• Participate in meetings to develop communications strategies that help advance programmatic and institutional goals. 



• A minimum of two years Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, English Literature or Marketing study at the university level.

• Proven writing, editing and proofreading skills; familiarity with style guides, such as AP Stylebook or The Chicago Manual Style, among others, preferable.

• Familiarity with or ability to learn basic Photoshop skills a plus.

• Strong organizational skills with an excellent attention to detail.

• Strong computer and Internet skills; experience using content management systems a plus.

• Ability to operate general office equipment required; some administrative experience preferred.

• Good judgment to solve problems and make decisions independently.

• Organized and adaptable, with the ability to manage many projects and several priorities simultaneously.

• Self-motivated team player, who works cooperatively and positively with other employees.

• A professional, collegial demeanor with a genial sense of humor desired.

• An interest in nonprofits and/or the program areas the foundation supports.

How To Apply

Please send resumes with cover letters to Attach or provide links to three writing samples. 

Include your last name followed by “Communications Intern” in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until May 14, 2018.


No phone calls or in-person applications, please.

It is the policy of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to afford equal employment opportunity to all individuals, and we firmly adhere to the equal employment opportunity requirements of all states and localities in which we operate.