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Communications Intern

Progressive States Network (PSN) and its sister organization Progressive States Action (PSA) are seeking a Communications Intern. Do you enjoy keeping up with the news and writing about policy? Are you as savvy with social media tools as you are with troubleshooting computer glitches? Are you often complimented on your excellent writing skills? We want to hear from you!

Responsibilities
The communications intern will work directly with the communications team, as well as other members of PSN/PSA staff in New York City and Washington, DC. This intern will participate in a variety of activities, including web-based projects, research, writing, and event planning. Specific duties may include, but not be limited to, PSN/PSA event assistance, outreach, communications trainings and webinars, press conferences, media list maintenance, contact databases, managing technical aspects of our website content, photos and video. There may be other office duties as assigned. Responsibilities may be adjusted to meet shifting PSN/PSA needs.

Qualifications
PSN/PSA seeks an intern to assist the communications and technical team with the day-to-day activities of a busy shop. All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will be bright, ambitious self-starters with an interest in public policy, politics and communications and the skills to integrate all aspects. Excellent writing skills and online social media experience are required. Basic familiarity with HTML and/or Drupal, experience with traditional media graphic design, and/or programming chops are all huge plusses.

Details

  • Scheduling is flexible based on applicant’s schedule. A minimum of 15-20 hours per week is required, 20-25 hours per week preferred. Occasional evenings and weekend availability preferred but not required.
  • We accept applications on a rolling basis.

Deadline
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Location:
This internship will be based out of our Washington, DC office.

Application Instructions
Send a current resume, cover letter, short (no longer than 1 page) writing sample answering the following question: What issue in the health care/immigration/election reform/workers’ rights/public education movement are you most passionate about? Please also provide two references to jobs@progressivestates.org. Please use “COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP – DC” as the subject line.

Progressive States Network and Progressive States Action are equal opportunity employers.


Education Policy Intern

Progressive States Network (PSN) and its sister organization Progressive States Action (PSA) aim to provide an enriching experience for the intern looking to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment while interacting with a nationwide audience. PSN and PSA seek to expand and grow our network of progressive state lawmakers who are in partnership with other national and state level organizations committed to building a bold, progressive movement for change-state by state.

PSN and PSA blend analysis and action to provide coordinated strategic support for a network of state legislators, their staffs and advocacy groups, in order to equip them with strategic advocacy tools necessary for advancing key progressive economic and social policies. Interns will have the opportunity to work closely with our policy staff on a range of issues in the context of alliances with labor, civil rights, environmental and affordable housing organizations. We are looking for smart, creative thinkers and doers who want to learn how to help build and strengthen the progressive movement in this country.

Duties
Assist PSN Staff in coordination of Education Policy program logistics, political/legislative research, preparation of reports and other documentation, work on issues campaigns, drafting of internal and external communications, and various administrative duties.

Skills Required

  • Motivated, organized self-starter and able to work well without constant supervision;
  • Interest in progressive issues, public interest issues, electoral politics, and candidate development;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, outreach, phone and interpersonal skills;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office;
  • Ability to manage complex projects and hit deadlines;
  • Ability to work well with a team under pressure;
  • Excellent organizational skills and pays attention to detail;
  • Willingness to handle a wide range of dynamic responsibilities;
  • Ability to communicate respectfully and comfortably with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Ability to multitask and work efficiently.

Critical Skills and Experience Candidates for this position should have strong skills and successful experience in the following areas:

  • At least one year of experience working on education policy issues and within education advocacy and/or union organizations;
  • Experience working with state legislators is strongly preferred;
  • Bachelors' degree required; Masters preferred;
  • Evaluating and analyzing legislation, policy research, and relevant data;
  • Strong research skills – both on policy and political developments.

Location
The internship will be located in PSN's national office, located in Washington DC.

Start Date
We accept applications on a rolling basis.

To Apply
Click here to submit your application (resume, cover letter, two (2) writing samples and three (3) references) or email your submission to Jobs@progressivestates.org. Your cover letter should be limited to one page, explain in specific terms the reasons for your interest in the internship and must include your preferred start and end dates and hours during the week when you are available to work.  Please include “EDUCATION INTERNSHIP APPLICATION – DC” in your subject line.

Progressive States Network and Progressive States Action are equal opportunity employers.


Policy Intern

Progressive States Network (PSN) and its sister organization Progressive States Action (PSA) aim to provide an enriching experience for the intern looking to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment while interacting with a nationwide audience. PSN and PSA seek to expand and grow our network of progressive state lawmakers who are in partnership with other national and state level organizations committed to building a bold, progressive movement for change-state by state.

PSN and PSA blend analysis and action to provide coordinated strategic support for a network of state legislators, their staffs and advocacy groups, in order to equip them with strategic advocacy tools necessary for advancing key progressive economic and social policies. Interns will have the opportunity to work closely with our policy staff on a range of issues in the context of alliances with labor, civil rights, environmental and affordable housing organizations. We are looking for smart, creative thinkers and doers who want to learn how to help build and strengthen the progressive movement in this country.

Duties
Assist PSN Staff in coordination of policy program logistics, political/legislative research, preparation of reports and other documentation, work on issues campaigns, drafting of internal and external communications, and various administrative duties.

Qualifications
All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will be bright, ambitious self-starters with an interest in public policy and politics and the skills to integrate all aspects.

Skills Required

  • Motivated, organized self-starter and able to work well without constant supervision;
  • Interest in progressive and public interest issues;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, outreach, phone and interpersonal skills;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office;
  • Ability to manage complex projects and hit deadlines;
  • Ability to work well with a team under pressure;
  • Excellent organizational skills and pays attention to detail;
  • Willingness to handle a wide range of dynamic responsibilities;
  • Ability to communicate respectfully and comfortably with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Ability to multitask and work efficiently.

Location
The internship will be located in PSN's national office, located in Washington DC.

Start Date
We accept applications on a rolling basis.

To Apply
Click here to submit your application (resume, cover letter, a writing sample) or email your submission to Jobs@progressivestates.org. Your cover letter should be limited to one page, explain in specific terms the reasons for your interest in the internship and must include your preferred start and end dates and hours during the week when you are available to work. Please include “POLICY INTERNSHIP APPLICATION – DC” in your subject line.

Progressive States Network and Progressive States Action are equal opportunity employers.