External Relations Intern

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Freedom House
1301 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC
Application Deadline: September 30, 2014
Position: Part-time, Unpaid (College Credit Required)

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Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free.

Position Summary

The External Relations Intern will primarily support our congressional outreach and assist with event planning, administrative, communications, and development efforts. The External Relations Intern will work directly congressional offices, as well as Freedom House’s external audiences to engage and educate them on democracy and human rights issues and to raise awareness of violations of these rights around the world. This position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Senior Advocacy Officer and Executive Vice President of Policy and External Relations. This is a temporary unpaid internship that will last approximately 14 weeks.

Qualified and Interested applicants
We invite qualified candidates to send a resume, and cover letter to:


Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions need apply.



Some Duties and Responsibilities:

Assist with outreach to congressional offices
Attend congressional hearings and briefings
Research legislative issues dealing with international human rights and democracy promotion
Assist in the creation and distribution of external content for Freedom House including press releases, media alerts and website content;
Update and maintain our internal contacts database
Interact with and help maintain Freedom House’s social networks (on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin);
Assist with event planning and scheduling
Other administrative duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

***Intern must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university.***
Must be available a minimum of 30 hours per week
Political science and international relations majors (or similar) preferred
Experience working for or with Congress preferred
Interest in and knowledge of human rights issues
Knowledge of the U.S. legislative system and processes
Excellent internet research and documentation skills
Excellent writing, proofreading and editing skills
Experience using social media such as Twitter, YouTube, etc., ideally for advocacy
Strong attention to detail
Eagerness to be creative and take initiative on new ideas and projects
Ability to balance multiple priorities and general flexibility and ease of movement between multiple projects
Strong organizational skills

How To Apply

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