Sunday, August 22, 2010

Brody's Scribbles... Intern With The National Stonewall Democrats

By Linsey Pecikonis (Washington DC) AUG 22 | I'm looking for a few stellar candidates for 2 communication intern positions that we have open for the fall semester at National Stonewall Democrats.  I know we all know people who are always looking for internships, and while it's unpaid, we do our best to find them a job after they graduate as well as provide a monthly travel stipend while they are here.  Here's the internship posting:
Intern with the National Stonewall Democrats!

About Stonewall Democrats
With close to 90 affiliates, National Stonewall Democrats is the organization for LGBT and allied Democrats. Stonewall Democrats works to elect pro-equality Democrats to public office and hold them accountable to advance the pro-equality policies and legislation important to LGBT Americans.

This year the organization has endorsed 12 candidates running for congress to help build pro-equality majority.  If we’ve learned anything since the 2008 election, it’s that having Democratic majorities in Congress isn’t enough. We need a pro-equality majority. ElectEquality is a program for LGBT Americans who want to elect and protect the candidates we need in office. We’re going to make calls, write op-eds, and place our EqualiTeam with Stonewall chapters in areas with ElectEquality candidates.

National Stonewall Democrats (NSD) is seeking an unpaid communications intern to work roughly 40 hours per week this fall semester in our Washington, DC office.  The communications intern will help facilitate messaging, build media contacts, network, and research in multiple arenas.
Duties include:

Compiling and organizing daily news clips, fact checking releases, op-eds, studies, and reports
Updating press and media contact lists
Assisting with the organization’s viral media and social networking operations
Conducting research and compiling statistics for editorial and web materials
Occasionally drafting statements, op-eds, letters to the editor, and press releases
Laying-out website and press materials
Assisting the media team with daily operations
General office work

Qualifications include:
Proficiency in Microsoft Office
Strong internet skills and intuition
Excellent verbal and writing skills
Ability to be a team player and to work in a fast-paced environment
Flexibility and dedication
Interest in LGBT policy and democratic principles
Strong knowledge of grassroots organizing
Experience with campaign work
Intellectual curiosity

Experience working with the press
Experience working with the blogosphere,
Knowledge of WordPress
Knowledge of HTML (PHP, CSS, and Javascript is an added bonus)
Knowledge of social-networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
Graphic design sensibility
Video editing

Internship applications are currently being accepted for the following time periods:

Fall Term 2010: Late-August / Early-September through Mid-December
(start and end dates are flexible)

Application Process:

The application should consist of:

Resume, 3 References, a short writing sample, and a Cover letter including the following information:

Dates and hours of availability
Special skills you would bring to the internship
Where you learned about the internship
An acknowledgment that the internship is unpaid

Send application to:
Communications Director