Spring Internship, Communications & Social Media

Work Location: Washington, DC - US
Requisition Number: 1035
# of Openings: 1


Freedom House   promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, effective advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including  Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and  Nations in Transit. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we   support the right of every individual to be free   . 


Position Summary

The Communications and Social Media Intern will support Freedom House’s communications efforts to improve visibility on social networking and new media sites, promote media outreach, and help prepare online and print publications. This position will focus on researching Freedom House's key media and influencer stakeholders and editing Facebook, Twitter and website content. The position will also work on publication promotion, provide day-of event assistance, assist with executing social media strategies, and help with special outreach projects as they arise.  She/he will have the opportunity to work directly with Freedom House’s external audiences. This position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Senior Web and Social Media Editor. This position provides the opportunity for on-the-job learning of skills that are vital to digital marketing and communications work, and to general international non-profit outreach.   This is a temporary paid internship (stipend) for currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students that will last for about 20 weeks, with possible extension. 

This position reports to  Senior Web and Social Media Editor and requires a commitment of  about  25 - 40 hours per week, depending on the student's availability, and will receive a monthly stipend.


Required Qualifications:

  • Intern must be enrolled in an accredited college or university during the duration of the internship.
  • Applicants working towards an undergraduate or graduate degree in a relevant field, such as political science, communications, or journalism are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Strong writing skills. Applicants must possess an excellent verbal and written command of the English language.
  • Proficiency in foreign languages is a plus.
  • Strong interest and demonstrated engagement in social media, public relations or communications
  • Interest in human rights, democracy and/or international development concepts
  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate with others
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize work, and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to apply close attention to detail and consistently produce error-free work
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times
  • Experience with Microsoft office programs preferred (especially Outlook, Word, and Excel)
  • Knowledge of Photoshop or Canva preferred but not required
  • Eagerness to be creative and take initiative on new ideas and projects


Some Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in the creation , distribution and monitoring of external content for Freedom House including press releases, media alerts, tweets and Facebook posts and website content
  • Assist in tracking news coverage and mentions in media outlets spanning 75+ countries
  • Contribute to the creation and implementation of social media campaigns, assist in recording social media analytics
  • Assist with external events, including panels, report launches, and other gatherings
  • Other related duties as assigned


Work Environment and Physical Demands

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Disclaimer:   This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job.  It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks  and duties.  The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder may differ from those outlined in the job description and that other duties, as assigned, may be part of the job. Freedom House may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.


Qualified and Interested Applicants

We invite qualified candidates to  complete an online application and submit a resume,   cover letter, and short writing sample.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions need  apply.


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