The State of Poverty
The State of Poverty
The State of Poverty
111 K Street, NE Suite 300 Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202.370.3657


Policy & Communications Internship

Job Description

The Policy & Communications Intern at NASCSP will report to the Program & Policy Analyst. This position requires solid research and writing skills, familiarity with U.S. government, and experience with online communications and social media. Experience with graphic design, communications techniques, media relations, and data is also desired. This opportunity enables an independent and self-motivated over-achiever to learn research and communication best practices while gaining hands-on skills in the non-profit arena

Internship schedule

January – May

Spring internship

June – August

Summer internship

September - December

Fall internship

The position will require 20- 25 hours per week during the summer and 15- 20 hours per week during the fall and spring. There will be 3 – 5 days per week required in the office and a possibility for remote work where applicable. Internship dates can be adjusted or extended if agreed to by all parties. The internship is unpaid. However, the schedule is flexible and can be crafted to accommodate a part time job or class schedule.

Primary Responsibilities


  • Draft membership e-mails
  • Copyedit and proof publications, blog posts, e-mails, and other internal and external documents
  • Track media alerts and press stories
  • Create content for NASCSP’s social media (including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and The State of Poverty – NASCSP’s blog)
  • Attend events and take detailed notes
  • Assist in all other aspects of communications as necessary



  •         Read, analyze, and summarize reports from government agencies, think tanks, etc.
  •          Compile state specific information into fact sheets and reports
  •           Attend and report on Capitol Hill events, briefings, and hearings
  •           Conduct short term and long term research projects as assigned by mentor


Skills Required

·          Majoring in Communications, Political Science, Journalism, Social Work, Public Relations, or a similar field

·          Basic office skills (answering telephones, copying, faxing, e-mailing, etc.)

·          Microsoft Office experience (Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, and Excel)

·          Basic research skills and the ability to understand academic research reports

·          Social Media experience (Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress)

·          Proofreading experience & professional writing skills

Skills Desired

·          Nonprofit experience

·          Political knowledge

·          Capitol Hill experience

·          Constant Contact, HootSuite, HTML, and Adobe InDesign experience

  Education Required

·          Presently enrolled in a 2 or 4-year accredited university/college

What you’ll get out of the experience: 

  • One-on-one time with your mentor
  • Opportunity to build your resume and portfolio
  • Opportunity to learn real world work skills
  • Build relationships and create professional contacts

Things to remember

·          NASCSP retains the rights to all creative work you do for us while interning

·          If you require any paperwork for academic credit, be sure to provide that to your mentor. You are responsible for making sure your paperwork is taken care of correctly.


Application Instructions

**Spring internship is currently filled. Applications for Summer Internship will be accepted in April/May **
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