Communications Intern, Spring 2020

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The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to promoting access to and success in higher education for all students. Based in Washington, D.C., IHEP develops innovative policy- and practice-oriented research to guide policymakers and education leaders, who develop high-impact policies that address our nation’s most pressing education challenges.

IHEP’s Communications & External Affairs team increases understanding of the critical importance of IHEP’s work to improve educational outcomes for all students, particularly historically underserved populations. We do this through strategic use of both online and offline mechanisms, including traditional press engagement, editorial content development, and digital and multimedia, to reach specific audiences, including policymakers at the institutional, state, and federal levels.

To this end, the Communications intern will be an integral member of a small, but mighty communications team that supports IHEP’s Policy Research and Applied Research teams, and regularly collaborate with staff across the organization.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating traditional and new media relations strategies and tracking their results; building and maintaining a media contact database; tracking media; collecting, analyzing, and distributing media clips; and creating media reports.
  • Tracking and evaluating the public conversation on state and federal education issues and policies.
  • Conducting issue-related research, including identifying and compiling pertinent education news stories.
  • Supporting social media engagement by creating social media content and assisting with outreach to students and institutions of higher education.
  • Maintaining a photo and video database, including by interfacing with creative professionals.
  • Other tasks that support efforts to increase understanding of the need for improved access to and success in higher education.
  • An undergraduate student interested in and familiar with strategic communications, digital media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) and/or public relations;
  • Availability to work between 16-24 hours per week through the spring semester;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • Desire to work in an equity-minded, advocacy environment, and an interest in education policy and/or practice;
  • A strong critical thinker who is self-motivated and able to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • A team player who works best with people who care deeply about equity, speak directly,  and have fun while also getting a great job done;
  • Excellent organizational and follow-through skills and attention to detail;
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook);
  • BONUS BUT NOT REQUIRED: Knowledge of communications data management platforms (e.g., Lightful, Canto, media management);
  • BONUS BUT NOT REQUIRED: Experience or study in graphic design, photography, or videography.

Qualifications and Experience

  • An undergraduate student interested in and familiar with strategic communications, digital media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) and/or public relations;
  • Availability to work between 16-24 hours per week through the spring semester;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • Desire to work in an equity-minded, advocacy environment, and an interest in education policy and/or practice;
  • A strong critical thinker who is self-motivated and able to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • A team player who works best with people who care deeply about equity, speak directly,  and have fun while also getting a great job done;
  • Excellent organizational and follow-through skills and attention to detail;
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook);
  • BONUS BUT NOT REQUIRED: Knowledge of communications data management platforms (e.g., Lightful, Canto, media management);
  • BONUS BUT NOT REQUIRED: Experience or study in graphic design, photography, or videography. 

This position is based in Washington, D.C.  

HOW TO APPLY:

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should apply through this website and provide:

  • a cover letter
  • a resume
  • writing sample
  • a list of at least three references (including at least one direct supervisor)

Your cover letter can qualify as your writing sample if it is one full page and shares with specificity why you would like to be part of the IHEP team. An excerpt from a longer paper is also acceptable.

We will review applications on a rolling basis, but the priority deadline to apply is November 7, 2019.

Location: Washington, DC
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