Communications Intern, Summer 2018

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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 solutions to address our nation’s most pressing education challenges.

Primary Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting with projects such as the following:

  • Support efforts to increase awareness of, and commitment to, our mission by assisting in the creation of traditional and new media relations strategies and tracking their results; collecting and distributing clips; creating social media collateral; building media lists; tracking media; and creating media reports.

  • Assist in tracking and evaluating the public conversation on state and federal education issues and policies.

  • Conduct issue-related research, including identifying and compiling pertinent education news stories.

  • Support our national campaign on college affordability by creating social media content and assisting with outreach to students and institutions of higher education.

Qualifications and Experience

  • An undergraduate student interested in, and familiar with, strategic communications, digital media (Twitter, Facebook, Hootsuite, Canva, etc.) and/or public relations;

  • Availability to work 35 hours per week.

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;

  • Desire to work in a social justice-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;

  • Excellent organizational and follow-through skills and attention to detail; and

  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).  Knowledge of communications data management platforms is a plus.


Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Interested candidates should provide:

  1. A cover letter

  2. A resume

  3. A list of at least three references (including at least one direct supervisor)

  4. A writing sample. The writing sample should be a maximum of three pages, single-spaced. An excerpt from a longer paper is acceptable.

We will review applications on a rolling basis. 

Location: Washington, DC
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