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Marijuana Policy Project
236 Massachusetts Ave NE, Suite 400
DescriptionMarijuana prohibition has failed. It's time for a new approach, and MPP is leading the way. Since our founding in 1995, we've been making real progress in reforming U.S. marijuana laws, by:
... lobbying for legislation and running ballot initiative campaigns to allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana with their doctors’ recommendations
... lobbying for legislation and sponsoring ballot initiatives to replace marijuana prohibition with a sensible system of regulation
... garnering widespread media coverage of the need to change marijuana policies
... lobbying Congress to reduce the White House drug czar’s budget for his deceptive ad campaigns
... building coalitions of supportive individuals and organizations to advocate on behalf of marijuana policy reform
... and much more.
The Communications Intern will work in MPP’s Communications Department, which is responsible for effectively communicating MPP’s message to the media and the public through written materials and media relations.
This position is an excellent opportunity to get exposure to the workings of a fast-paced advocacy organization. Applicants with strong writing skills will also have opportunities to be published on MPP's blog.
Applicants should be meticulous, organized, detail-oriented and have excellent oral communication and writing skills. Knowledge of Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop and Illustrator in particular), and video transfer equipment and/or software is desirable but not required.??
The working hours for this position are flexible, but 15 - 25 hours in the office per week will be required. While this internship is unpaid, we do provide a travel stipend to offset commuting costs.
ResponsibilitiesThe Communications Intern is responsible for:
- Maintaining MPP’s media database, including making corrections or additions to existing press lists and developing new lists as needed.
- Digitizing and organizing MPP's video archive.
- Writing content and editing blog posts and press releases for spelling and grammar errors.
- Tracking MPP's news coverage, including locating and/or ordering certain print - articles, radio interviews, and TV interviews.
- Monitoring and updating MPP’s social media presence and occasionally contributing to online discussions.
- Researching potential learning or networking opportunities and events that staff may find useful.
- Locating and obtaining copies of reports or studies that are of interest.
- Small research projects aimed at identifying potential media opportunities or obtaining useful data.
- Writing blog posts, ghost-writing op-eds, and other writing.
- Tackling other tasks as assigned.
RequirementsMPP Interns are generally either college students or recent graduates, although this is not a requirement.
The Communications Intern should have strong writing and research skills.