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Social Media Internship for Spring 2013 Semester

Come be a part of Public Citizen’s communications team and learn how one of Washington, D.C.,’s original public interest watchdog groups spreads its messages and reaches out to the media. You’ve heard that corporations have lobbyists; we are the people’s lobbyists, representing the public in the halls of power on a variety of critical issues. We fight for public health and safety, champion corporate and government accountability, and campaign for fair trade, clean and safe energy, and consumer rights. We work aggressively to get our message out in print, radio, television and online.

We are looking for someone sharp to be our new media and online outreach intern. If selected, you will work side-by-side with our new media strategist and online outreach coordinator, who regularly works with all of our staff to use digital media to get our message out to and engage bloggers and activists alike. Gain real-world online experience (and the analytics to back it up) that will make you the go-to person for your college club or first post-college employer. Do everything from help manage Facebook fan pages, to help build our Twitter following, to research and help pitch bloggers on hot issues. You will learn how to develop strategic communications planning skills and technical know-how while making a difference.

And, because you are in a busy communications office, you may also get an opportunity to help out in other capacities – by videotaping or photographing press conferences, congressional testimony, protests and other events; helping track and post media hits online; writing stories for our member newspaper and more.

We ask for a minimum of 15 hours a week (the schedule is flexible). While this is an unpaid position, you will get valuable resume-building experience and academic credit for your work if your school permits.


RESPONSIBILITIES

The new media intern will have a varied and interesting range of assignments including:

Blogging
   - Learn the ins and outs of maintaining a Wordpress blog
   - Help brainstorm relevant topics
   - Write blog posts
             
Pitching bloggers
   - Research and compile contact information and insights on bloggers
   - Help coordinate our outreach to campus bloggers
   - Keep a record of online hits  
   - Draft pitches to bloggers

Engaging in online grassroots activism
            - Help us maintain our fan pages on Facebook      
   - Engage new supporters on Twitter

Generating analytics
   - Learn all about online metrics and how to design measurable campaigns
   - Track metrics using innovative new tools
   - Compile data into visual representations and reports to be shared with
     
Public Citizen leadership

Helping out the communications office in other capacities
   - Videotape or photograph protests, press conferences, congressional testimony and other events
   - Write stories for our member newspaper
   - Generate media lists
   - Other duties as assigned


QUALIFICATIONS

 We seek someone with a passion for the issues we work on, excellent Internet research skills, strong verbal and written communications skills, a solid working knowledge of Twitter and Facebook and the ability to multitask. We need someone who is tech-savvy and/or a quick learner, highly organized, proficient in Microsoft Office, and who has a basic knowledge of the news gathering process and current events. Video editing skills a plus.

TO APPLY

Please send your cover letter, résumé and writing sample to Angela Bradbery, Director of Communications, abradbery@citizen.org, or 1600 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

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