College internships at NDN (a progressive think tank)
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Dec. 7, 2008
Employment at NDN

Open Positions

NDN will offer five winter internships and five spring internships to college-age students seeking a career in politics. NDN internships provide experience at a leading progressive think tank and advocacy group. The work environment is professional, fast-paced, and will give interns the ability to develop their political knowledge and skills. Successful applicants will be motivated, self-starting, and familiar with NDN’s goals, objectives, and history. These internships are unpaid.


Interns will work in one of the following departmental or programmatic areas:

- Fundraising/Development - The development intern will seek to build skills necessary to advance in 501(c)(3)
and 501(c)(4) fundraising by becoming familiar with the processes used to raise money. He or she will
develop donor research, outreach and solicitation skills with regards to NDN’s institutional and individual
contributors. The successful applicant will have strong organizational and research skills, an ability to work
independently on assigned projects, and an interest in fundraising.

- Globalization Initiative/Green Project - The Green Project intern will assist with research and writing on
energy and economic policy. A successful applicant will have an understanding of politics and economics,
and have a demonstrated interest in energy or environmental policy. An academic background in political
science, economics, or a related field is preferred.

- Hispanic Programs - The intern for NDN’s Hispanic Programs will report to the Deputy Director and Director
of this area, will assist in research and writing on Latin American politics and issues, as well as research and
writing on issues of importance to the Hispanic community in the U.S. The candidate must be fully bilingual in
English and Spanish. A background in politics, International Relations, and/or Latin American studies is

- Internet/Communications - The Communications intern will assist with Web site management, as well as
help manage NDN’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. This intern will also assist with press relations.
Experience in web design is required and experience in political communications is preferred.

- Writer/Researcher - This intern will report to the President and VP for Communications and conduct general
research and writing for the organization. This work will cover broad issue areas including politics and foreign
affairs. Excellent writing and research skills and a background in politics or related field are required.

In addition to the tasks above, all interns will be expected to assist staff in event management, promotion, and marketing as well as database management. Applicants will be chosen based on fit for the position and organization, prior experience and demonstrated interest.


NDN’s internship program will have two phases during the spring of 2009: One team of interns will work from January 26th to March 20th, and a second team from March 30th to May 22nd. You may apply for either of the two eight-week phases, or for the entire period. You must be able to commit to working either 4 days/week or 35 hours/week. Please give the details of your availability in your cover letter.

How to Apply

To apply, e-mail your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to Applicants must apply for at least one of the above positions, but may indicate interest in as many departmental or programmatic areas as they like.

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