Communications Intern - Ploughshares Fund


Organization Information

Ploughshares Fund is a public grantmaking foundation that seeks to reduce and ultimately eliminate the threat posed by nuclear weapons. Our vision is a world where nuclear weapons can never be used again. We fund and coordinate individuals and organizations in the United States and abroad that create solutions, drive policy and build grassroots support for a world free from the dangers of nuclear weapons. 

Location - Washington, DC 

Job Description 

Ploughshares Fund is seeking a full-time communications intern. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, keeping abreast of news on arms control and international security to support social media, TV interviews and articles, developing content for op-eds and media pitches, assisting in management of social media channels, co-editing Early Warning, and aiding in the daily operations of the Ploughshares Fund Washington, DC office.

The intern will report to the Communications Manager and is expected to work 30 hours per week. Start and finish dates can be flexible to academic schedules. A modest stipend will be provided.

Job Responsibilities

  • Track online conversations around nuclear weapons and arms control issues, focusing specifically on Iran, Pakistan, North Korea and Russia.

  • Assist Senior Policy Analyst with publishing of Ploughshares Fund’s daily news aggregator, Early Warning.

  • Provide social media and design support to the communications department, including content creation for organizational Facebook and Twitter.

  • Develop content for traditional media outreach and digital communications, including press releases and fundraising emails. • Provide research, writing and pitching support for policy staff.

  • Work closely with the communications team in research and design of infographics and Facebook friendly images.

  • Assist in website maintenance and SEO efforts as necessary.

  • Perform other duties as necessary.

Job Qualifications

  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to learn and keep abreast of arms control and nonproliferation policy

  • Demonstrated proficiency in internet research

  • Exceptional organizational skills and extraordinary attention to detail

  • Willingness to work in a deadline-driven environment and handle multiple priorities in an efficient manner

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software and Mac OSX

  • Flexibility, good judgment, positive attitude and sense of humor

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree or candidacy highly preferred
  • Strong background in national security, arms control and nonproliferation is highly preferred
  • Experience working or interning in Congress is highly preferred

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample (500 words or less), availability and contact information for three references to Geoffrey Wilson at gwilson@ploughshares.org. Upon selection for a 1st interview, we’ll likely require a further writing sample.

For more information about Ploughshares Fund, please visit our website, www.ploughshares.org

Deadline - N/A