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 summer. 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-June through late August, with some flexibility around start and end dates. The summer 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 through Labor Day 2021 due to the continued COVID-19 public health crisis, with a strong preference for candidates working on Eastern Standard time and candidates who are able to commit to an internship of at least 10 weeks.
The Communications Intern is responsible for providing day to day support to the Communications Team and working on both short- and long- term projects.
- The Communications Intern will report to the Deputy Communications Director.
- Monitor and compile daily press clips, track external amplification of Media Matters’ led 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 and update contact information. As directed, the Communications Intern will help identify reporters to add to existing lists and help generate new media lists in order to advance organizational goals.
- Aid in long-term research projects for members of the Communications Department.
- Support day-to-day operations of the Communications Department as needed. This can include, but is not limited to: drafting press pitches; making pitch phone calls; and assisting in the drafting of external stakeholder outreach emails, social media content press releases, media advisories, and op-eds.
- 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 sourcesAlignment 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
- 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.