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Institute on Political Journalism

Washington, DC   June 2 – July 27, 2018

Priority Deadline for Scholarships: February 7

Final Deadline: March 13

**Full-Tuition Scholarship Funding Available – See Below for Details**

Apply to the 2018 Institute on Political Journalism and be a journalist or communications professional in the city where front page news is made every day.

There has never been a more important and challenging time to be a news reporter in Washington DC. This summer you can be in the heart of the headline-making capital and show that you have what it takes. Use your skills and passion to get past the noise and report the facts!

Program Components:

  • Journalism or PR Internship: Intern 30-35 hours a week at a media news outlet or a strategic communications firm. You’ll learn firsthand how to:
  • Cover Congress & the federal government
  • Do “man on the street” interviews
  • Use social media to promote a public relations campaign
  • Research background information on an investigative series
  • Gather sound bites from a Congressional hearing
  • Pitch a client’s new book to media outlets around the country
  • Attend a press conference at a federal agency
  • Create content for a radio stations website
  • Interview a member of Congress
  • Shadow a TV producer in the field
  • Pitch ideas for ways to increase your clients’ membership base
  • Write breaking news story about statements made at a White House press conference
  • Economics and Government Coursework: Combine theory and practice and take courses on economics, journalism, and government for 3 to 9 credit hours through George Mason University. Click here to view the course catalog.
  • Exclusive Lectures and Site Briefings: Attend a briefing by a member of Congress on Capitol Hill. Visit the Newseum or take private tour of the National Press Club. Tour the Washington Post Headquarters or take a behind the scenes tour of the press operations in the U.S. Senate.
  • Small Group Networking: Meet with seasoned reporters, TV producers, online editors, principles in major PR firms and learn about various career paths in journalism or strategic communications.
  • Mentor Program: Connect with a practitioner in your field of interest who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program. He or she will provide tips for living in Washington as well as career advice and networking contacts.
  • Housing: Students will live in furnished apartments on campus at George Washington University in downtown Washington, DC and are matched with other program participants as roommates. The apartments are located steps from the White House, State Department and National Monuments, and provide easy access to the DC metro transportation system.
  • Scholarships: More than 70% of students receive partial scholarship awards based on financial need and merit. Full scholarships are available through the Leadership Scholars Program – click here for details.


Application Instructions:

Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 13, but applicants are encouraged to apply for by the February 7 Priority Deadline for Scholarships in order to receive special consideration.

Application requirements include a topical essay, statement of purpose, resume, official transcript, letter of recommendation and $25 application fee. An application checklist is available here:

Please visit  for more program details and to begin an application. Questions may be directed to Joe Starrs, Institute on Political Journalism Director, at or 202.986.0384.



Blue Ion is seeking a PR & Communications Intern

By Cierra Seid
Posted on 10 January 2018 | 1:25 pm — 

Blue Ion is a full-service digital marketing firm that creates everything around brands. They’ve been at it since 2000, and the combined team comes from an array of disciplines, has a variety of skills, and loves the work they do. Blue Ion is looking for a junior or senior who will support the Communications team with a variety of tasks related to public relations, marketing, and content production. If you love to read and write, have a keen eye for newsworthy stories, and are interested in bringing out the best in brands – this internship is for you!

Primary Responsibilities

  • Monitor and report on client news
  • Editorial calendar research
  • Research and build media lists
  • Help shape and execute client PR and content strategy
  • Attend client meetings
  • Help build Blue Ion’s presence across all media platforms

What We’re Looking For

  • Current journalism or communications major with an interest in public relations
  • A strong understanding of what makes compelling news
  • A love of social media and an eye for emerging trends
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-motivated and comfortable with a fast-paced (and fun!) environment
  • Ability to work 2-3 days a week, part time (we’re flexible around class schedules – school comes first)
  • A dog lover (we often have furry friends in the office)
  • Bonus points to those with prior internship experience

Perks of the Gig

  • We work in a sweet space with equally sweet clients
  • No two days are the same
  • Cold beer on tap (for those of age)
  • Ability to learn from our amazing creative colleagues – who are programmers, videographers, designers, strategists, the list goes on.
  • Writing clips + added street cred to your resume
  • This is a PAID position


To apply, send your resume and writing clips (class work is fine) to and

Center for Women seeks Research Intern

By Cierra Seid
Posted on 9 January 2018 | 12:15 pm — 

The Center for Women is a non-profit organization that serves to educate and advocate so that women
in Charleston are equipped to achieve personal and professional success. We are seeking a Research
Intern to assist our team and support our mission. This person will be responsible for research and
analysis that guides our programming and keeps our audience informed about the progress and
challenges faced by women in our community.

The Research Intern’s primary responsibility will be to compile a scorecard that measures various
indicators of gender inequality in South Carolina, which will function as an update to the Status of
Women Report we released in 2015. The original report can be viewed on our website:


– Research the status of women’s leadership, health, and economic security in South Carolina
– Work with communications staff to compile most recent data into a scorecard for publication
– Communicate findings through articles for the Center for Women website and newsletter
– Assist with data entry and analysis from program and membership surveys
– Contribute to ongoing development of program evaluation mechanisms


– Excellent written communication skills
– Ability to synthesize information and tell a meaningful story with data
– Academic research experience
– Attention to detail
– Demonstrable interest in women’s empowerment

Learning Objectives:

– Understanding of research methods and sources for national, statewide, and local data
– Effective strategies for communicating issue-based data to a broad audience
– Introduction to nonprofit workflow and management

Interns should be able to commit 12-15 hours per week, with room for flexibility. This internship is unpaid but provides the opportunity to attend all Center for Women events, including networking opportunities with some of the top professionals in Charleston.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to

Paid Summer Internships with Post & Courier

By Cassandra P. Foster
Posted on 8 January 2018 | 2:01 pm — 

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Post and Courier is seeking applications for its paid summer internship program.

We are looking for talented students or very recent graduates to spend 10 weeks working in the Post and Courier newsroom as a temporary full-time reporter, photographer/videographer, page designer/copy editor or digital journalist. We will accept three to four interns and encourage applicants from all walks of life and levels of experience to apply. Candidates should have demonstrated experience producing journalism at either a student or professional media organization.

A growing, independently owned news organization based in beautiful Charleston, S.C., The Post and Courier’s local owners have deep roots in the community and care deeply about this newspaper and its reputation. Interns are paid $10 per hour for a 37.5-hour work week. The typical internship lasts 12 weeks.

Send a cover letter, resume and your best work samples to Executive Editor Mitch Pugh at The application deadline is Jan. 15. We are an equal opportunity employer and drug-free workplace.

When applying, mention you saw this posting listed at

Center for Women Seeks Communications Intern

By Cassandra P. Foster
Posted on 8 January 2018 | 1:09 pm — 

The Center for Women is seeking a Communications Intern for the spring semester.

To apply for this internship, visit CougarJobLink. To access CougarJobLink, log into MyCharleston and go to the Student Services Tab and click on CougarJobLink. This posting is listed as posting#: 13178.

Learning Objectives:

  • Best practices for monitoring, posting, and tracking analytics on social networks
  • Workflow for social media communications
  • Effective strategies to increase traffic, brand awareness, and content management

Job Description:

  • The Center for Women is a non-profit that serves to educate and advocate so that women in the Charleston community are empowered to achieve personal and professional success. We are looking for a social media intern to assist our team and support our mission. This will be a great opportunity to get valuable experience in social media including (but not limited to) Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. This will involve creating and publishing content, developing brand awareness, generating inbound traffic, customer service, and cultivating leads.
  • Interns should be able to commit to 12-15 hours per week, although there is room for more flexible hours/duration. This internship is unpaid but provides the opportunity to attend all Center for Women events, network with some of the top professionals in Charleston, and be strongly considered for full-time positions after graduation.


  • Engaging with the Center for Women’s online community
  • Creating, scheduling, and publishing content across all social media channels
  • Analyze and report social media results
  • Research and monitor the social media efforts of similar organizations and community partners
  • Coordinating with Development VISTA for online marketing and advertising campaigns
  • Collaborating with staff on projects and assignments

Qualifications – Position Requirements:

  • Must be a student currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program and able to receive college credit for internship hours
  • Provide links to 1-3 social networking profiles to demonstrate interest and knowledge
  • Possesses experience in writing and able to provide two writing samples
  • Skilled in presentation, interpersonal relations, and customer management
  • Performs well in environment that values creativity, flexibility, and variety
  • Exhibits personal qualities, such as open-mindedness, enthusiasm, and adaptability

The Historic Charleston Foundation is seeking Marketing and Communications Interns for the spring semester.

To apply for this internship, visit CougarJobLink. To access CougarJobLink, log into MyCharleston and go to the Student Services Tab and click on CougarJobLink. This posting is listed as posting#: 13135.

Learning Objectives:

Historic Charleston Foundation (HCF) is seeking 2-3 spring 2018 marketing and communications interns eager to hone their skills and gain resume-building experience in destination marketing. Interns will also assist with the preparation and execution of the annual spring Festival of Houses and Gardens and Charleston Antiques Show which attract over 15,000 guests and 650 volunteers.

Job Description:

  • Assist in writing and editing for multiple media and audiences, and pitch local and national media.
  • Assist with 6-week Festival of Houses and Gardens with responsibilities ranging from substituting for docents in the houses to poster distribution and calendar postings.
  • Assist with volunteer management including data entry, training, benefits and outreach.
  • Assist as needed with editing website and writing blog posts.
  • Assist with strategic social media planning and posting.
  • Proofreading internal and external communications.
  • Photographing Foundation events as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications – Position Requirements:

  • Desire to work hard and to learn
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with attention to detail
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills
  • Proficient in MS Office, specifically Word and Excel, as well as web-based research
  • Flexibility, ability to deal under pressure, quick thinking, and a positive attitude are critical for this function
  • Other desired skills include; exceptional interpersonal skills, solid organizational and time management skills.

Time Requirements:

  • 10-20 hours/week (flexible)
  • Must be willing to support HCF programs outside of normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm)

Work Environment:

  • Interns will be in the office most days, but must also be willing to visit and travel to other HCF locations, off-site venues and also be comfortable working outdoors.
  • Must be willing to work with both the Marketing and Communications and Philanthropy Departments
  • May be required to lift boxes and supplies up to 25lbs.

Social Media Marketing Intern
Office of Admissions at College of Charleston
Available January 1st

About the position:

The Social Media Marketing Intern will be an integral part of Marketing and Communications Department in the Office of Admissions. They will develop skills needed to interpret social media analytics, curate purposeful social media messaging, and execute successful strategic communication campaigns.

  • Obtaining social media research
  • Assisting in execution of admissions events- such as TGIF and Accepted Students Weekend
  • Assist in production maintenance of social media calendar
  • Collaborate on social media messaging
  • Conduct social media monitoring
  • Remain affluent on social media trends
  • Act as photographer for social media pages
  • Contribute to team brainstorming sessions
  • Attend weekly virtual meetings
What qualities we are looking for:
  • Proven organizational skills
  • Exceptional work ethic
  • Tested ability to work autonomously
  • Must be a Sophomore or above
What will set you apart:
  • Communication, Marketing, or Advertising major and/or minor
  • Experience in photography
  • An eye for aesthetics
  • Optimistic personality
  • Leadership potential
  • Passion for social media marketing and/or analogous professional spheres

The position starts next semester and ends with the commencement of spring semester. However there is potential to continue the opportunity into the summer depending on performance during the spring semester.

To apply, email your resume & express your interest in the position to Brandy Francis in the Office of Admissions.


MUSC Women’s Reproductive Behavioral Health Program: Social Media Intern

The MUSC Women’s Reproductive Behavioral Health Program serves women who are pregnant or postpartum with psychiatric and substance use disorders.  Patients can receive a complete psychiatric evaluation at our weekly walk-in clinic. Upon diagnosis, patients can receive treatment including psychotherapy and medication management, if appropriate.  Of particular interest to our program is opioid use during pregnancy.  Women who have chronic pain and/or may be using, misusing or abusing prescription pain medication during pregnancy can learn alternative strategies to deal with their pain. Our team includes 2 psychiatrists, 4 psychiatry residents, a therapist , and a research coordinator.

Project Description: We are starting a social media campaign (Facebook) to destigmatize opioid use disorder and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. We hope the campaign will identify more women with opioid use disorder and mood/anxiety disorders and help get them into treatment. We also hope the campaign will help us identify potential participants for current and future research studies. Our team hopes to evaluate the social media program as well.

Intern Tasks:

  • Gather information on opioid use disorder and perinatal mood & anxiety disorders
  • Create Facebook posts
  • Work with the MUSC Marketing department to geotarget posts to our target population
  • Assist with IRB submission
  • Assist with program evaluation

To apply, contact:

Edie Douglas

The Medical University of South Carolina

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Office: 843-792-0403



The Charleston RiverDogs, the South Atlantic League Minor League Baseball affiliate of the New York Yankees, are looking to fill several internships for the 2018 season.

Full-Time Internship Opportunities

The RiverDogs offer several full-time internships, which start in mid-March and go through the end of August. These are unpaid positions, which can be completed for college credit. These internships are designed to provide interns with insight into the entire scope of a minor league baseball operation.

Departmental Internships

The RiverDogs hire a number of interns into hands-on positions throughout the operation; the internships pair students with full-time staff members. Each intern will be exposed to all aspects of the operation, including a focus on ticket sales, yet will focus most effort on one of the following departments:

• Merchandise Internship
• Promotions/Fan Experience Internship
• Community Relations/Customer Service Internship
• Ticket Services/Box Office Internship
• Social Media/Marketing Internship
• Video Production Internship
• Operations Internship
• Graphic Design/Creative Services Internship
Learning Objectives
• Improve customer service skills
• Introduction to ticket sales & promotion
• Gain experience in planning promotional nights, special events
• Understand overall operation, workings of professional sports organization
• Help coordinate grassroots marketing & community relations push

Please send all inquiries and applications to:
Ben Abzug, Assistant General Manager

Comms Intern Needed at Darkness to Light

By Cassandra P. Foster
Posted on 6 December 2017 | 11:32 am — 

Darkness to Light Org

TITLE: Communications Intern: Rapid Response and Crisis Communications
SUPERVISED BY: Director of Marketing and Communications

SUMMARY: Darkness to Light, an international non-profit organization with a mission to empower people to prevent child sexual abuse, is seeking a part time Rapid Response and Crisis Communications Intern to work in our headquarters located in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Rapid Response and Crisis Communications Intern, under the leadership of the Director of Marketing and Communications, will assist with increasing our media listening and response programming, including building out our rapid response crisis communications functions. We are looking for a self-starter who is excited to bring creative ideas and is eager to contribute to an organization with a large footprint. The intern will gain experience with the inner workings of an in-house communications department, providing concrete deliverables and learning on the job.

The position is a 12-week term, with a 15-20 hour per week commitment. Work will be completed under supervision in-office, but there may be ability for remote work as deemed necessary/appropriate. Darkness to Light will offer a small stipend for the right candidate.
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Working with the Director of Communications:
• Supporting the Communications Director and Communications Manager on ad-hoc and time-sensitive tasks related to the crisis communication and content creation
• Become familiar with important industry topics and trends
• Fully support Darkness to Light communication strategy and execute as needed
• Create and curate engaging content
• Effectively utilize social media and blogs
• Create and distribute press releases
• Curate nationwide stories of note and develop angles for opinion piece replies
• Perform research and market analysis activities
• Research and develop issue briefs and white papers on child sexual abuse and other factors which surround the issue

Our ideal candidate has the following qualities:
• Ability to quickly adapt to change and ability to report results
• Enthusiasm and interest in corporate communications and content building
• A team player with the ability to work collaboratively
• Enthusiasm and interest in child protective work

Please send all inquiries and resumes to:

D2L Communications Intern Search
Gwendolyn Bouchie Email: Fax: 843-513-1623

Darkness to Light provides equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons. Darkness to Light does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.
The language used in this document does not create an employment contract between the employee and Darkness to Light. This document does not create any contractual rights or entitlements. Darkness to Light reserves the right to revise the content of this document, in whole or in part. No promises or assurances, whether written or oral, which are contrary to or inconsistent with the terms of this paragraph create any contract of employment.

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