Public Affairs Internship - Progressive Policy Institute



Organization Description

The Progressive Policy Institute is an independent, innovative and high-impact D.C.-based think tank founded in 1989. As the original “idea mill” for President Bill Clinton’s New Democrats, PPI has a long legacy of promoting break-the-mold ideas aimed at economic growth, national security and modern, performance-based government. Today, PPI’s unique mix of political realism and policy innovation continues to make it a leading source of pragmatic and creative ideas. PPI is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.


Location - 1200 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Suite 575

Washington, DC 20036


Job Description

An ideal candidate will be a political and news junkie with prior experience working in public affairs. Must have a genuine interest in domestic politics, foreign policy, current national issues and a working knowledge of social media networks. Excellent written and verbal communications skills, strong organizational and multitasking skills, exceptional interpersonal skills, and the facility to drive results and to consistently meet deadlines are a must.


Job Responsibilities

  • Compiling and organizing daily news clips

  • Fact checking releases, op-eds, studies, and reports

  • Copy-editing

  • Updating press and media contact lists

  • Assisting with the organization’s viral media and social networking operations

  • Conducting research and compiling statistics for editorial and web materials

  • Occasionally drafting statements, op-eds and press releases

  • Laying-out website and press materials

  • Assisting with daily operations

  • General office work


Job Requirements

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

  • Strong internet skills and intuition

  • Excellent verbal and writing skills

  • Ability to be a team player and to work in a fast-paced environment

  • Flexibility and dedication

  • Knowledge of AP Style

  • Interest in politics and foreign policy

  • Intellectual curiosity


Preferred Requirements

  • Experience working with press

  • Experience working with the blogosphere

  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suites

  • Knowledge of social-networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

  • Appreciation for image

  • Graphic design sensibility


We are currently seeking interns interested in working part-time (approximately 15-25 hours) during regular weekday hours, but are flexible to other hours based on students’ needs. This opportunity is unpaid.


How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and 2 writing samples (1-3 pages in length each) to schlapecka@ppionline.org. No phone calls please. Due to the number of applications, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


Deadline - Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.