Press Internship - Spring 2014 Term
American Action Forum - Washington, DC

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Job Description

As an intern on the communications team, you will be assigned and report to a specific member of the press shop at the American Action Forum. The press team manages the communications presence for the Forum with the goal of engaging the general public, legislative decision makers, and industry leaders in informed policy discussions. The timely nature of the Forum’s research plays a key role in the press and messaging strategies used by the communications team make a key difference.

Typical duties include:
Run a war-room style clipping operation tracking daily relevant press coverage of our groups

Draft press releases, media advisories, tweets and more

Create media monitoring reports of key initiatives we launch


As part of the internship, your responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:

Research assistance: Interns will provide research assistance and data collection for their issue area director when in the office

Event attendance: Interns will attend Capitol Hill hearings, private speaker events, and events held by other DC think tanks to analyze and report on the information presented

Forum event support : Interns will help promote, run, and evaluate all Forum events

Semester project : Interns will write a paper on a topic of their choice to be completed by the end of the semester. Issue area directors will assist the interns with their research and writing - the final papers will be published on the Forum’s website.

Hours and Compensation

Interns must be available for 20 to 32 hours per week

Interns will be provided an hourly wage to cover transportation and living expenses

Interns will be responsible for bringing their own computer/equipment Qualifications


Excellent writing ability and communication skills

An interest in the politics and policies of center-right conservatives

Self-starting attitude

Quantitative skills are desired but not required

Additional Information

Please include in your application a preferred start date, resume, cover letter, and writing sample of less than 1,500 words.

Documents must be submitted as a PDF file with the following file name:

Resume: LastName_Resume_Press

Cover Letter: LastName_CL_Press

Writing Sample: LastName_WS_Press

(Example: Jane Doe’s Resume – Doe_Resume_Press)