Public Relations & Government Relations Intern

The Optical Society
Washington, DC
Mar 03, 2017
Aug 11, 2017
Full Time

The Optical Society, a prestigious non-profit, scientific professional society in Dupont Circle is seeking a college-level intern majoring in public relations/integrated communications to work in the external relations department.
Position Summary:

Writing, Research & Analytics

  • Manage timelines, calendars, project trackers
  • Writing press releases and other promotional copy
  • Supporting conference/tradeshow PR planning and implementation
  • Research ongoing policy issues related to science, technology and government
  • Assist with Capitol Hill and District visits; attend briefings and write summaries
  • Updating and maintaining media contact lists
  • Other external relations tasks as assigned
  • Write social media content

Position requires strong organizational and communication skills, attention to detail, ability to multitask, and superior writing ability. You will gain practical, hands-on public relations experience at an international non-profit organization. Assignments will be comparable to those of an entry-level public relations/government relations position and will give you a well-rounded introduction to a fast-paced PR/GR environment.

Education & Experience:

  • College-level coursework in public relations and/or political science
  • Familiarity with social media and media relations tactics
  • Experience using Microsoft office software

Skills & Abilities:

  • Interpersonal and written communication skills required for internal and external contacts
  • Ability to manage workflow with daily deadlines
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment

May-August 2017, part-time (20-25 hours per week). Stipend/hourly rate to commensurate with experience.

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