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The Institute for Policy Studies is the nation’s oldest and largest multi-issue think tank promoting progressive thought.

The Institute for Policy Studies is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. IPS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.

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Michael Ratner Middle East Fellowship

Reports to:  New Internationalism/Middle East Director
Salary range:  $48,000-$50,000 (plus benefits below)
FTE:  Full-Time, 1 Year Contract Position

About the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)
IPS is a progressive internationalist think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. In partnership with dynamic social movements, we work to turn transformative policy ideas into action. As Washington’s first progressive multi-issue think tank, IPS has served as a policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements for over five decades — from the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960s through the environmental, women’s, anti-corporate and other movements to the anti-war and global justice movements of the 21st century. Today the Institute’s work is organized into a set of interrelated projects, reflecting our public scholars’ diverse areas of expertise. We encourage collaboration at the project level in order to reach our shared vision: we believe everyone has a right to thrive on a planet where all communities are equitable, democratic, peaceful, and sustainable.

About the IPS Michael Ratner Middle East Fellowship
IPS’s Middle East Fellowship is named for people’s lawyer and former National Lawyers Guild president and long-time president of the Center for Constitutional Rights Michael Ratner, who passed away too early in the spring of 2016. Michael’s passion for Palestinian rights, for ending US wars and occupations in the Middle East, for challenging US aggression around the world, for imagining a new foreign policy based on internationalism instead of empire — as well as his powerful commitment to teaching and mentoring younger lawyers and law students — all serve as the basis for making the IPS fellowship a part of Michael’s legacy.

The Fellowship aims to provide a one-year opportunity for an emerging public scholar, at a mid-career or earlier level, to spend a year working with IPS’s Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis, who directs the IPS New Internationalism Project.  The project work includes a broad range of public scholarship (writing, speaking, organizing, advocacy) focused on transforming U.S. policy regarding Palestine, wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and beyond, the Iran nuclear deal and sanctions, U.S. domination of Middle East issues in the United Nations, and, overall, supporting diplomacy over war. The project is currently developing a new area of work linking our issues to both immigration and Islamophobia through the rising sanctuary movement at the city and state level, along with work linking refugee protection work to opposing the wars that create refugee flows. The Ratner Fellow will join Phyllis in much of that work, while having the opportunity to integrate their existing work. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in IPS including staff meetings, collaborations with other project staff, and involvement with the broader intellectual and activist life of the Institute.

Responsibilities

Research, Writing & Analysis

  • Articles and Op-Eds for IPS-produced and outside venues aimed at broad audiences
  • Talking points, commentary, and quick-response analysis aimed at activists
  • Speech language, talking points, briefings for policymakers on request

 Organizing

  • Maintaining own activist ties with relevant organizations
  • Participating with project director in work with Palestinian rights, anti-war, human rights, refugee and other related activist and advocacy organizations; developing own connections with some of them
  • Playing a major role in new city and state campaigns linking refugee support with anti-war mobilization: organizing, building alliances, creating toolkit resources, maintaining website & social media presence, etc.

 Advocacy

  • With Phyllis, build and maintain relationships with policy makers at the international, federal, state/local levels
  • Work with BDS & other Palestine activists on city- or campus-based campaigns aimed at officials, local elites, and local media
  • Be prepared to respond to requests from policymakers for briefings, speech language, etc.
  • Help translate “outside” movement demands into “inside” strategy for policymakers

 Speaking

  • Hone existing speaking skills, and prepare to learn more, to reach a variety of activist (experienced and not), academic, community, faith-based, and other audiences
  • Be prepared to take on speaking engagements that come for the project

 Media

  • Be prepared to speak to progressive and mainstream print and broadcast media on relevant topics, including work to improve media skills
  • Work with Phyllis to prepare quick “media availability” statements responding to political developments
  • Work with IPS communications team to build up the project’s social media presence as well as its outreach to other media

Qualifications

Required

  • Demonstrated commitment to IPS mission and vision
  • Demonstrated commitment to the full breadth of the New Internationalism Project’s work of opposing U.S. wars and occupation in the Middle East, supporting diplomacy over war, and advocating for an entirely new kind of U.S. foreign policy based on internationalism, human rights and international law
  • At least 3 years of experience working on relevant issues, and interest in working with Phyllis Bennis as a mentor to broaden that experience
  • Focus on U.S. policy and intention to be primarily based in the U.S. after the Fellowship period
  • Some experience with aspects of public scholarship – writing for a broader audience, speaking, organizing with social movement groups – and interest in improving and broadening those skills
  • Passion for social justice, commitment to participating in a broadly defined anti-oppression-based organization
  • Interest in and understanding of the primacy of movements in social change, and how public scholarship can support those movements

Preferred

  • Existing connections to grassroots movement groups working on Middle East/peace issues
  • Previously published writing, research and/or media work on Middle East issues
  • Experience in social media, websites, managing supporter lists, etc.

How to Apply

Send a cover letter, resume/CV, and two writing samples in a single PDF file to apply@ips-dc.org with the words “Ratner Fellowship” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. We will review applications on a rolling basis until position is filled, so we encourage candidates to apply soon.

IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our staff and board, and we actively welcome applications from people of color, Arabs, Muslims, women, LGBTQIA candidates, and candidates who hold other historically marginalized identities. To help us ensure our candidate pool reflects the broader world, we ask that you complete a voluntary demographic survey here: http://bit.ly/IPSDemoSurvey

IPS values the well being of our staff. We offer generous leave, excellent employer-paid benefits for employees and their dependents, a 403b retirement plan, and flexible work hours. Our office is located in DuPont Circle.

New Mexico Fellowship

About the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)
The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) is the nation’s oldest multi-issue progressive think tank. IPS works with social movements to forge viable and sustainable policies to promote democracy, justice, human rights, and diversity. IPS has links to activists and scholars across the nation and around the world and serves as a bridge between progressive forces in government and grassroots activists, and between movements in the U.S. and those in the developing world.

About the New Mexico Fellowship
The New Mexico Fellowship is an 18-month, paid, public policy fellowship, with the first year housed at the Institute for Policy Studies in our Washington, DC office, and the final 6 months working with a non-profit in New Mexico. This fellowship program seeks to help mentor a new generation of progressive leaders in New Mexico. In the past, this fellowship has recruited diverse candidates that are now serving New Mexico in multiple ways. Two of the first three IPS New Mexico fellows are back working in New Mexico non-profits, and one is studying law at the University of New Mexico.

The New Mexico Fellowship provides the opportunity for college graduates and/or young scholar-activists residing in New Mexico to come to IPS to be trained in public scholarship, a term we define as the connection between grassroots activism and policy research. Through the fellowship, participants sharpen their knowledge of the progressive landscape and policy world, and develop their capacities to think, write, research, and make connections to social movements. After learning about the organizational structure and operations of a thriving non-profit in Washington, D.C., fellows will return to New Mexico for a six month paid placement at a local organization. The Fellow will work with our advisory board, which includes former Fellows, to find a placement in New Mexico that is a fit for their skills and interests.

Each fellow receives hands-on experience by working closely with 1-2 IPS projects under the individualized mentorship from our IPS public scholars. We believe that each scholar-activist brings a unique skillset to the table. Accordingly, upon acceptance, we tailor the fellowship to participants’ personal interests by pairing them with IPS projects for 2 six-month segments where they will become an essential part of that project’s staff. Fellows also have the opportunity to learn effective fundraising and communication strategies by working with the development and communications teams in addition to their personalized projects.

Fellows can expect to work on at least one of the following IPS projects in 2017:

  • Global Economy:
    • CEOs and Workers: IPS expert Sarah Anderson is leading work around worker/CEO inequality, executive compensation, tax rules and loopholes, and supporting the organizing of low wage worker groups by providing them research and writing to enhance their campaigns. Prospective Fellows with experience and interest in low-wage worker organizing would potentially have hands-on experience working with groups as a collaborator. NM Fellows who were interested in the CEO/corporations side of the equation could learn and work on executive compensation, tax loopholes, and other policy work.
    • Trafficking and Immigrant Rights: This project would require a more self-directed, experienced Fellow since it is a small part of our work, led by IPS Associate Director Tiffany Williams on a part-time basis. Work in this area would most likely involve tracking legislation, writing, creating talking points and materials.
  • Mining, Trade, and Latin America: IPS expert Manuel Perez-Rocha is working with groups in Latin America to defend against the environmental, social, and economic consequences of mining. He also works on issues around international trade agreements, for example NAFTA and TPP. The NM Fellow, especially if they had bilingual Spanish-English capacity, could help develop research and campaigning materials for this work.
  • Criminalization of Poverty: IPS expert Karen Dolan leads work around the criminal justice system with a particular focus on how race and poverty intersect. The NM Fellow would add capacity to research, storytelling, writing op-eds, and developing innovative projects that are responding to current events around poverty, racial justice, and criminalization.
  • Climate Justice: IPS work on climate justice is focused on both domestic climate inequality issues, for example clean power and democratic control, as well as international climate issues, for example climate funding at the UN.

Who We Are Looking For
Candidates are selected from two streams of applicants residing in New Mexico:

  • Recent college graduates (BA or MA), or those who will have graduated by the start of the fellowship, who would benefit from mentoring and work at IPS.
  • Members of activist groups where IPS and the group feel it would benefit the individual to have training in public scholarship in Washington.

The ideal candidate is:

  • Motivated, flexible, organized
  • Able to multi-task and navigate between demanding and sometimes tedious work of research, and the pace and energy of campaigns
  • A strong writer, reader, and critical thinker, with interest in learning how to improve their writing to be accessible for multiple audiences
  • Excited to learn how scholarly work and activism can intersect and generate real solutions to challenges facing society
  • A self-starter
  • Able to work independently and in a team
  • Passionate about, and has already devoted time and effort to, social justice

Salary and Benefits
The New Mexico Fellow is required to come to IPS for one year, and then to work with a New Mexico non-profit for six months to use the skills acquired at IPS to further public scholarship and activism in New Mexico.

The New Mexico Fellowship is a full-time Fellowship with a yearly compensation of $38,000 (before taxes), paid semi-monthly. The Fellow will receive three weeks of paid vacation and 12 days of sick leave. Full medical, vision, dental, and life insurance coverage is also provided. IPS staff will also connect the Fellow to networking and professional development opportunities, and the Fellow will be included in all IPS staff-wide activities. In the second portion of the program, the Fellow will be paid at that same rate in for the final 6 months with the New Mexico non-profit (a pre-tax total of $19,000 for six months).

Travel expenses to/from DC and New Mexico are covered at the beginning and end of the fellowship, and IPS staff will advise the incoming Fellow about D.C. housing options. After the Fellow is accepted, IPS staff will be available to advise and support the Fellow in making the transition to DC.

We would like the New Mexico Fellow to begin on June 1, 2017, but our start date is negotiable.

How to Apply
Applications are due by Feb 27, 2017 and we aim to select the fellow by late March.

Your application should include the following in a single PDF file:

  1. A cover letter, which includes the following information:
    • Tell us about which of the issue areas above you’d like to work on at IPS. What excites you about them? What areas of policy and research would you like to dig into?
    • What skills, experience, and/or knowledge would you bring to our team?
    • What do you want to gain from this experience to better your activism in New Mexico?
    • Tell us about your core values. How do these values shape your point of view of the world? How do these values show up in your work? Is there a social movement or group (for example: a group in your community working on a local issue, or a national coalition that you’re part of, or a global social movement like the Movement for Black Lives) that you believe exemplifies or illustrates your values? How so?
  2. Your resume
  3. A 2-4 page writing sample (e.g., excerpt from a research paper, an article, or letter to the editor)
  4. The contact information for 3 references

Email materials in one PDF file to: apply@ips-dc.org using “New Mexico Fellowship” as the subject line. Please also complete a short demographic survey at http://ips-dc.org/NMFellowSurvey

Due to the large volume of applications, only applicants that are moving to the next round will be contacted by the Search Committee. Thank you so much for your interest in the New Mexico Fellowship. We look forward to hearing from you.


Internships

Summer 2017 Next Leaders Internship Program

Applications for Summer now open! (For Spring Internships still available, click here)

Meet our former Summer 2016 Next Leaders

Calling all emerging change-makers!

The Institute for Policy Studies seeks dedicated young folks hungry for systemic transformation to join our Next Leaders Summer Program. Let’s be clear– this isn’t your typical summer internship. The world crisis in governance, economic stability, and ethical guidance demands that we do our best to prepare to secure and sustain a more just, green, and peaceful future starting, well, yesterday. The Next Leaders Program aims to compel action by sharpening young voices and new ideas through training in public scholarship, a term we define as the connection between policy research and grassroots activism. Team up with us for this 10 week program, and you can forget fetching coffee and filing folders!

Below you will find the following information:

The Experience

Our program is broken into 3 parts:

  1. Workshop and Events Series – We’ve prepared a curriculum of weekly workshops and events geared toward the following:
    • Building community within your cohort
    • Sparking inter-generational dialogue to brainstorm around new pressure points in the policy world
    • Sharing skills needed to become a successful public scholar
    • Providing a crash course on the frameworks, history, and current events of the progressive movement and policy sphere
  2. Mentorship – Each participant will get hands-on experience by working on one of our projects and will receive individualized mentorship and training from one of our IPS public scholars. Participants will be selected to work on an internship in one of the following focus areas:
  3. Intergenerational Dialogue and Coalition Building – A centerpiece of our definition of public scholarship is that we work on ideas with movement allies. Through the Next Leaders Program you’ll  not only get plugged into the larger progressive network, but you’ll also be exposed to best practices of coalition building, grassroots activism, and organizing.

Compensation and Academic Credit

While we’re excited about the training experience we’re offering, we also know that you can’t pay for groceries with experience; therefore, we offer an hourly wage of $12.50 for 30 hours weekly to offset the cost of working with IPS while you help us build the future of the progressive movement.

IPS firmly believes that financial barriers shouldn’t exclude people from internship opportunities, and we are grateful to our donors who have made it possible to ensure this internship is paid. However, we strongly encourage applicants to find resources through their schools and other scholarships. Many schools offer assistance for summer internship programs, and we ask that all applicants explore those options first in order to allow us to accept a greater number of interns that do not have access to those resources.

Interns may also receive academic credit, and IPS is happy to assist interns in filling out any requisite forms to help with the credit process.

When to Apply, Important Dates, and Internship Term

Summer 2017 Application Deadline: March 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm

April 3-15, 2017 Applicants will be contacted for interviews and notified of acceptance to the program during this time. Due to the high volume of applications, only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
June 1, 2017 Internship begins
August 10, 2017 Internship ends

Interns are expected to be available Monday-Thursday (30 hours per week). Please state your availability on your application. While we can offer some flexibility around the start date for students in the quarter system, we want to plan our workshop series with the highest level of attendance possible.

How to Apply

Our ideal applicants will be interested in exploring lasting careers in social justice, will be conversational and persuasive writers, and will have a deep belief in intersectional, equitable solutions. We are deeply committed to recruiting a diverse group of  candidates. The ideal candidates are deeply rooted in their communities (however they are defined) or have a history of activism around issues they care about. Although we are not explicitly limiting our applicant pool, we believe that rising Juniors, Seniors, recent graduates, and first year master’s students will gain the most out of this program.

Part 1:  Please fill out the application form. You are welcome to apply for up to two internship positions (descriptions listed in depth below).

Part 2:  When you’ve submitted your form, please send your resume and a 2-page writing sample to nextleaders@ips-dc.org with “Next Leaders Application 2017” in the subject line. Be sure your name is on each document. For your writing sample, we say, go wild! This can be a blog piece, an essay excerpt, a letter to the editor for a newspaper, an article in your school’s newspaper, etc. (If you’re applying for the Saul Landau internship, please also include samples of work such as a website you built or a video you made).

Feel free to provide a couple sentences of context if you’re excerpting your selection from a larger piece. The important thing is for us to get a sense of something you’re passionate about…oh, and, we’d love to see if you can string a sentence together, too.

Internship Descriptions

Global Economy Project Internship

The mission of the Global Economy Project is to speed the transition of the U.S. and global economy from a model characterized by extreme levels of economic and racial inequality and excessive corporate and Wall Street power to one that is equitable and sustainable. This project conducts research and analysis of a wide range of economic issues, including executive compensation including pay, the Financial Transaction Tax, retirement, and bonuses. Domestically, Global Economy also explores other Wall Street taxes and financial reforms, and consistently works with low-wage worker organizing groups. On the global level, the project works to ensure justice in trade deals and mining, particularly in Latin America.

Interns for Global Economy are typically involved in research and writing for the IPS website and our inequality portal Inequality.org, as well as policy papers, op-eds, reports, and other project materials. Ideal interns will be comfortable working with numbers (no high-level mathematics, but work may involve lots of data). Through mentorship from project director Sarah Anderson, interns will learn to research various government sources, including corporate filings with the SEC and BLS data on labor. Global Economy Interns also sometimes help develop and implement communications strategies on the wide range of issues that the project covers.

Criminalization of Race and Poverty

The Criminalization of Race and Poverty project at the Institute for Policy Studies seeks a detail-oriented intern who is passionate about racial, gender and social justice, about transformative justice and equity for children and youth who are over disciplined in schools and targeted by the criminal legal system.

The CRP Intern will have an opportunity to work on the development of a transformation diversion program call Teen Court and to compile research, writing and metrics for assessing movement building within the Families of Incarcerated Children movements.

This intern will also play a key role in producing written reports on the above initiatives.

The ideal candidate will be proactive, with solid writing, research, and organizational skills, and possess some knowledge of individual and / or experience with the juvenile or criminal law system or racial justice activism. A focus on equity for, and experience of, intersectional oppressions is a plus.

Climate Policy Program

The aim of the Climate Policy Program is to support the transition from a financially extractive, fossil fueled economy to equitable, democratic and local living economies. Because we understand climate disruption as a consequence of our broken economic system, and as a major factor exacerbating race, class, gender, and other forms of inequality, we look for root causes and promote solutions at the intersection of both the economic and climate crises.

We organize our work around the premise that to solve the climate crisis, we must confront systemic economic, social and racial inequality – especially at home in the U.S., and also globally. We provide long-term vision and bold ideas in domestic and international policy spaces, using research, writing and strategic conversations to redefine what is politically possible.

The Climate Policy Program is currently focused primarily on the United States. The U.S. has the highest per capita carbon emissions of any country, and is now led by a climate-denying Administration that threatens to undermine recent progress in reducing carbon emissions at home, and pull out of international agreements on combating climate change. The U.S. has also been at the forefront of “extreme extraction” such as fracking and mountaintop-removal coal mining. One a more hopeful note, the U.S. has seen a surge of truly inspiring climate activism led by affected frontline communities, such as the struggles around the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines. This is why we have refocused our work primarily on advancing a climate justice agenda in the United States.

We seek to nurture deep relationships with grassroots organizations and networks and to align our efforts with the goals of social, economic and environmental justice movements. The project’s 2017 work, led by Basav Sen focusing on the domestic policy work, and with Associate Fellow Oscar Reyes focusing on the international work, includes:

  • Promoting effective, just climate solutions at the state and local level in a time of inaction and worse at the Federal level;
  • Increasing awareness and debate about the intersections of climate change and inequality, and proposing bold policy solutions; and
  • Building the movement for a just transition to an economy for people and the planet.

The ideal Climate Policy Intern should possess an understanding of the connection between economic, racial, and environmental justice. We are looking for someone with very strong writing and research skills, basic quantitative literacy, and the ability and willingness to learn on the job. A strong candidate would have experience synthesizing qualitative and quantitative data and presenting findings/trends in clearly written and visually compelling ways. Proven experience with persuasive writing, infographic creation, governmental and other data sources, and knowledge of federal environmental agencies and policies preferred.

New Internationalism Internship

The New Internationalism project includes a broad range of public scholarship (writing, speaking, organizing, advocacy) focused on transforming U.S. policy regarding Palestine, wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and beyond, the Iran nuclear deal and sanctions, U.S. domination of Middle East issues in the United Nations, and, overall, supporting diplomacy over war. The project is currently developing a new area of work linking our issues to both immigration and Islamophobia through the rising sanctuary movement at the city and state level, along with work linking refugee protection work to opposing the wars that create refugee flows. The New Internationalism intern will join Phyllis Bennis and her team in much of that work.

Ideal interns will have a background in Middle East studies and/or organizing experience in peace or international solidarity. Interns for New Internationalism will be involved in research, preparation of educational materials and organizing within the anti-war movement. The project director spends some time on the road, so applicants should be comfortable working with a fair amount of independence and maintain flexibility on days and times in the office. There will be opportunities to be published in IPS publications and affiliate media outlets.

New Economy Maryland

New Economy Maryland seeks to help build an economy that better serves all our people and protects our planet. Our major project is the New Economy Maryland Fellowship that brings together a diverse group of emerging leaders from across Maryland. This professional development Fellowship builds power to create change by training participants in two sets of skills: 1) Mastering a compelling conceptual framework for transforming Maryland into a more equitable, environmentally sustainable, and democratic state. 2) Honing public scholarship skills by learning how to write for a broad general audience in the op-ed and blog formats.

New Economy Maryland interns will be key stakeholders in planning and executing the Fellowship and will help us improve our outreach including our website, Facebook page, and Twitter account. The ideal candidates will have a familiarity with New Economy principles and interest or experience in organizing, outreach, and fundraising. Since our focus is on Maryland, it would be a bonus to arrive with some existing contacts or familiarity with the state.

Saul Landau Fellow (Multimedia/Video/Web Communications)

Are you a “techie” who wants to make a difference? The Multimedia/Video/Web Communications intern will gain valuable experience creating multimedia content that features IPS’s cutting edge research and analysis on a variety of progressive issues.  The selected applicant will be called upon to provide AV support, record and edit webinars and podcasts, create videos, coding, etc. for our website, email newsletters and events.

This intern will be supervised by the Digital Communications Manager, but the internship will offer opportunities to work closely with our communications department as well as with IPS’s nationally renowned experts on the economy, foreign policy, environmental issues, etc.  The ideal candidate will be familiar with IPS’s core issue areas, motivated, flexible, organized, and able to work independently and with a team.

The Communications Intern should also possess strong interpersonal skills, patience, and humor.  Preferred technical skills include video and/or sound recording and editing experience (Premiere or Final Cut Pro), basic coding knowledge (HTML, CSS, and Dreamweaver), and comfort with AV technology and equipment. We are seeking someone with a major or commensurate experience in Communications, PR, Graphic Design, Computer Science, or other similar fields.

Communications

Our communications internships offer valuable opportunities for young progressives to build concrete skills that they can take to future employers. IPS communications interns work closely with both our communications team and our IPS issue experts on content writing, proofreading, website posting, and media relations projects like building press lists and reaching out to journalists. They’ll also get an opportunity to contribute their own original blog posts or op-eds to the Institute’s in-house publications.

We’re looking for applicants with the ability to take vague or complicated concepts and communicate them concisely and effectively, in a way that’s accessible to a general audience. We need people who have a broad familiarity with current events and progressive issues, strong writing and editing skills, careful attention to detail, and — importantly! — the ability to work independently and meet deadlines.

We’re especially interested in applicants who are familiar with the AP style guide and possess a working knowledge of WordPress. Experience in media relations is a plus, and so is prior experience writing or editing for publication. Patience and humor help, too.

Fundraising and Development Intern

The Fundraising and Development Team at the Institute for Policy Studies seeks a detail-oriented intern who is passionate about organizational development, fundraising, and event planning to join our team.

The Development intern will play a key role in preparing for our annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award ceremony. We’ll match your skills to a specific part of the project to own, whether it’s managing a part of the outreach, helping us track the budget, attending walk-throughs at the venue, or helping to draft communications about the event.  This truly is a fun project where someone with initiative could take a hold of part of the process and make it even better than last year’s successful event.

This intern will also have an opportunity to plan a donor cultivation event of their own, help us launch our Associate Board and alumni network, and have the opportunity to join the development training workshops offered to our staff members.

We are looking for someone who is eager to help us streamline our foundation prospecting process and learn more about how to do foundation research. The ideal candidate will have solid writing, research, and organizational skills. Knowledge of individual and / or institutional donor prospecting and cultivation is a plus.

Available Spring Internships

Saul Landau Fellow (Multimedia/Video/Web Communications) (paid)

Are you a “techie” who wants to make a difference? The Multimedia/Video/Web Communications intern will gain valuable experience creating multimedia content that features IPS’s cutting edge research and analysis on a variety of progressive issues.  The selected applicant will be called upon to provide AV support, record and edit webinars and podcasts, create videos, coding, etc. for our website, email newsletters and events.

This intern will be supervised by the Digital Communications Manager, but the  internship will offer opportunities to work closely with our communications department as well as with IPS’s nationally renowned experts on the economy, foreign policy, environmental issues, etc.  The ideal candidate will be familiar with IPS’s core issue areas, motivated, flexible, organized, and able to work independently and with a team.

The Communications Intern should also possess strong interpersonal skills, patience, and humor.  Preferred technical skills include video and/or sound recording and editing experience (Premiere or Final Cut Pro), basic coding knowledge (HTML, CSS, and Dreamweaver), and comfort with AV technology and equipment. We are seeking someone with a major or commensurate experience in Communications, PR, Graphic Design, Computer Science, or other similar fields.

To Apply:

Please send the following materials to nextleaders@ips-dc.org with “Saul Landau Internship” in the subject line.

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. 2-page writing sample

For your writing sample, we say, go wild! This can be a blog piece, an essay excerpt, a letter to the editor for a newspaper, an article in your school’s newspaper, etc. Feel free to provide a couple sentences of context if you’re excerpting your selection from a larger piece. The important thing is for us to get a sense of something you’re passionate about… oh, and, we’d love to see if you can string a sentence together, too.

For your cover letter please make sure to include the following information:

  • Tell us about a movement that you’re passionate about and how you would like to see this movement create change.
  • What skills, experience, and/or knowledge would you bring to our internship program?
  • Time commitment including start date, end date, hours per week and days of flexibility

Any questions can be directed to Emily Norton, the Next Leaders Program Manager, via email at emilyn@ips-dc.org.

Spring 2017 Application Deadlines: Internships are open until filled.