2018 Communications Internship (Spokane, WA, or telecommuting)

Interns and continuing professionals will assist with outreach and communications to members, other organizations, and funders. Spring, Summer, and Fall periods and paid and unpaid internships are offered. Students will 1) gain experience about how to formulate messaging and implement a communications plan and 2) develop their own oral and written communications skills. The internship can focus more on written or oral communications depending on the interests of interns. Also, they have the option of helping with research experiments and fundraising. Interns will be expected to work ten to twenty hours per week. The following are projects that interns might be involved in.
  • Developing and implementing communications to political parties, labor unions, etc.
  • Drafting weekly email updates
  • Writing for and editing newsletter
  • Blogging and online advocacy
  • Start a personal blog with hard news and opinion and add to our blogs.
Start and end dates: Flexible, but beginning of April through the end of June is preferred for Spring 2018; June through September for Summer 2018; September through December for Fall 2018.
Location: Spokane, WA (Telecommuting is possible).
Compensation: There will be paid and unpaid internships offered. The paid internships will include a small stipend for the duration or on a project by project bases. However, the main benefit to interns will be new skills learned.
Eligible Departments: Journalism, Public Relations, Communications, Social Work, Political Science, Sociology, and any Department that has an internship program, senior capstone requirement, practicum, etc. We are happy to reasonably customize the position to fit the needs of a students’ Department and academic calendar.
Non-credit internships are possible, but we prefer to have students sign up for credits through an academic department.
Requirements and Qualifications: Either excellent one-on- one verbal or written communications skills and attention to detail are required. Juniors, Seniors, graduate students, or graduates are preferred, but not required. Applicants must be available for five hours a week from 9am to 2 pm, PST.

To apply: Three things are needed. Please email 1) a resume to Bryan. E. Burke, Ph.D., at BryanB@centerforvoterresearch.org, 2) a short note about why you want this internship and why you are a good fit for the position, and 3) three writing samples should be available upon request or submitted with the application (diversity in style is fine, but not required, for example political messaging, technical writing, and creative writing). The resume should highlight relevant classes, political experience, and volunteer work. For more information, call Bryan at 509 330 1793 (but serious inquiries only).

We will accept resumes until positions are filled.