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Communications Intern

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Media Matters for America
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Washington, DC
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Published 29 days ago

Media Matters for America -- a progressive, Washington, D.C-based, nonprofit research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media -- is seeking a Communications Intern for the fall/winter. The intern will provide support to Media Matters' Communications Department, which is responsible for the organization's media relations, communications, and external affairs strategies. 


The internship runs from mid-September through mid-December, with some flexibility around start and end dates. The fall/winter internship program requires 24-32 hours per week and offers a stipend of $1,500-2,000 per month depending on hours worked. 


The internship will be remote due to the continued COVID-19 public health crisis, with a strong preference for candidates working on Eastern Standard time.  


Role Summary:

The Communications Intern is responsible for providing day- to- day support to the Communications Team and working on both short- and long- term projects, including building and maintaining press lists, completing research tasks associated with press requests, tracking Media Matters press clips, and drafting press pitches, as assigned.


Reporting Structure:

  • The Communications Intern will report to the Associate Communications Director. 


Responsibilities:

  • Monitor and compile daily press clips, track external amplification of Media Matters’ advocacy campaigns and stakeholder outreach, and other examples of our successes to keep tabs on the ongoing impact of Media Matters’ work.
  • Help maintain a database of reporter distribution lists, including: identifying reporters to add to existing lists and 
  • helping to generate new media lists in order to advance organizational goals
  • updating existing lists with changes to contact information.
  • Aid in long-term research projects for members of the Communications Department.
  • Support day-to-day operations of the Communications Department as needed, including:drafting press pitches; 
  • making pitch phone calls; 
  • assisting in the drafting of external stakeholder outreach emails, social media content press releases, media advisories, and op-eds.  


Required Qualifications:

  • Experience working with and/or supporting a fast-paced team.
  • Interest in and understanding of U.S. politics and media, including the ways conservative misinformation affects public debate in a fragmented media environment
  • Deep knowledge of current media landscape and an expansive media diet
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Ability to quickly synthesize information about new topics and determine credible sources
  • Alignment with Media Matters’ work culture, including:Ability to operate effectively both independently and in a team
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines on a daily basis, multitask, and quickly adapt to new challenges in a fast-paced news cycle
  • Receptivity and responsiveness to both concrete and abstract feedback
  • Dedication to accuracy, with the ability to prioritize and keen attention to detail 


Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior internship or relevant professional experience in a related field
  • Previous communications, media relations, or external affairs experience


How to Apply: 

Please apply through our online portal at https://www.mediamatters.org/jobs. No phone calls, please. We can respond only to candidates whom we are contacting for an interview. Schedules will be determined by mutual agreement between the intern and Media Matters at the time of the internship offer.


Media Matters for America is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or disability. 

Media Matters for America -- a progressive, Washington, D.C-based, nonprofit research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media -- is seeking a…

Details at a Glance

  • Payment
    Stipend
  • Stipend / Wage
    $1,500-$2,000 per month depending on hours worked.
  • Hours Per Week
    The fall/winter internship program requires 24-32 hours per week

How to Apply

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

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