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Summer 2019 - Communications Intern (Paid)

Do you thrive on making complex ideas accessible to a more general audience? Do you love
the challenge of developing engaging messaging and improving website usability? Do you love
to write about technology? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you should think about a
communications internship with the Open Technology Institute at New America (OTI). The
communications internship at OTI offers the opportunity to work on the many issues at the core
of OTI, including net neutrality, encryption, freedom of expression, and exploring issues related
to technology as it affects communities.

OTI seeks an enthusiastic, motivated undergraduate or graduate student or an individual with
similar experience for a full-time communications internship for summer 2019 in our
Washington, D.C. office. You should be passionate about tech policy and interested in learning
about and breaking down complex issues for broad audiences, while working in a
rapidly-changing environment.

OTI works at the intersection of technology and policy to ensure that every community has
equitable access to digital technology and its benefits. OTI’s staff includes noted experts on
multiple issues who work closely with a diverse team of policy experts, technologists, social
scientists, and data analysts. OTI is housed within New America, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public
policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of
challenges facing the United States. OTI’s work covers a range of internet policy issues,
including but not limited to net neutrality, broadband access and adoption, wireless broadband
and spectrum, cybersecurity, encryption, government surveillance, Internet governance, privacy,
and civil liberties.

About the Job:
OTI is looking for a Communications Intern to work with our internal communications team. They
will help support OTI’s efforts to build public discussion around issues by assisting with press list
curation, content creation, creating visuals for the website and for social media, and supporting
institutional efforts to refine the user experience on our website. They will report to the
Communications Manager. The internship is based in Washington, D.C., right next door to the
White House.


  •  Research and document process for posting OTI content (events, editorial content) to external sites;
  •  Support analysis and strategic planning of our next social media strategy;
  •  Track reporting on OTI issues, and draft relevant media pitches;
  •  Update OTI’s press lists;
  •  Tracking and archiving OTI press/media hits;
  •  Website Audit - assist in managing and repairing user experience issues;
  •  Issue Based One Pagers - compile recent outputs on our issue areas that can be easily sent out for  pitching or tailored as a quick hits reader;
  •  Visual Designs/Graphics - to be used on social media, in reports and more.
  • Our intern will have the opportunity to author or co-author blog posts, articles, press releases or press pitches, as well as the chance to attend educational events in Washington, D.C.


  • Interest in gaining experience and developing a career in communications;
  •  Current student at accredited college or university or possessing relevant professional experience;
  •  A self-starter with a positive attitude who can take on projects with minimal supervision;
  •  Strong written and verbal skills;
  •  Familiarity with Salesforce is a plus;
  •  Video editing or print design experience is a plus;
  •  Knowledge of Adobe InDesign & Photoshop is a plus;
  •  Experience with a variety of social media platforms is a plus;
  •  Interest in tech and policy is a plus but not required.

Application Process:
Submit a resume, one-page cover letter, and a brief (no more than 3 page) writing sample.
Internships are paid $14/hour. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis.

No phone calls please.

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