Communications Internship

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The Participatory Budgeting Project, Inc. (PBP), a non-profit organization based in New York City, is seeking a part-time communications intern for Fall 2016. Our mission is to empower community members to make informed, democratic, and fair decisions about public spending and revenue. We work with elected officials, government agencies, and community groups in the US and Canada to set up participatory budgeting (PB) processes that give local people real power over taxpayer money. Through our work in cities such as New York, Chicago, Toronto, and Greensboro (NC), we have engaged over 200,000 people and 500 organizations in deciding how to spend $170 million.

The intern will assist with communications for PBP and local PB processes. The internship is ideal for talented individuals eager to explore the potential of participatory democracy, further their communications skills, and gain professional experience with a growing non-profit organization.

The intern will work with us in New York City for at least 15 hours per week, starting in November and ending in December (exact dates are flexible).

To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and work sample (e.g. an article, brochure, flyer, powerpoint presentation) to by Oct 31. Please indicate in the subject line that you are applying for the Communications Internship. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Responsibilities for the communications intern will include:
-assist with development of press kits, publicity materials and public education materials
-assist with Constituent Relationship Management
-assist with content and management of social media, website, and blog, for PBP and for local PB processes
-track and compile media coverage
-track and report on social media and website analytics


The ideal candidate will have:
strong interest in social justice and participatory democracy
strong communication, writing, and organizational skills
experience or interest working with non-profit organizations
strong skills working with Powerpoint, Word, Google Apps, and other relevant software and platforms
experience with Twitter, Facebook pages, WordPress, YouTube, and Vimeo
some HTML and CSS skills
ability to work independently
a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, and some graduate coursework

PBP is an Equal Opportunity Employer, strongly committed to building a staff that represents the diversity of communities we work in. An hourly wage of $11/hr will be offered, and the internship may lead to further paid work depending on the intern's performance and available resources. For more information, visit our website at and the PBNYC website at


Required - Written & Oral Presentation Skills, Written & Verbal Communication Abilities, Attentiveness to Detail
Preferred - Graphic Communication, Graphic Design

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