Intern for Communications and Public Engagement

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a 501(c)3 grantmaking foundation that receives an annual Congressional appropriation in excess of $310 million and is governed by a private, bipartisan Board of Directors. This unusual arrangement positions NED to play a unique role as America’s leading foundation for freedom, empowering the institution to be nimble, innovative, and risk-taking in support of democratic activists, civil society organizations, independent media, and the NED family core institutes (the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, the Center for International Private Enterprise, and the Solidarity Center).

We seek a motivated, energetic, organized, and resourceful Intern for the Communications and Public Engagement, who is a mission-oriented team player, and who would be excited to join a fast-paced Communications and Public Engagement team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Communications and Public Engagement Department at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as a paid Intern for Spring 2024. As a member of our Communications and Public Engagement team, this intern will have opportunities to gain experience in media relations, research and writing, campaigns, web and digital engagement, event management, storytelling, and video production. The intern will be part of a dynamic team of professional communicators and will gain exposure to leading experts and advocates working in support of democratic development and human rights around the world.


Help prepare stories about the impact of our global grantmaking for publication through research, writing, and editing
Contribute to production tasks related to our upcoming website redesign and other content priorities
Support the organization and production of public events
Help research and maintain a media contact database to support our outreach capabilities
Contribute to our social media engagement to help expand our audiences
Attend lectures and events related to democracy assistance
Provide website, editorial production, and multimedia support
Other duties as assigned


Candidate must be a registered student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program
Qualified candidates should have excellent writing and analytical skills, sharp attention to detail, and strong technical skills. Website/CMS experience is preferred. Multimedia experience is a plus
Motivated creative thinker with a strong work ethic
Time Commitment: 30-34 hrs./week (not to exceed 40 hours per week) for the duration of the internship.

NED Application Deadline: n/a; All internships are posted until filled.

Anticipated Start Date: o/a Jan 22nd, 2024

Orientation Dates: o/a Jan 22nd – 26th, 2024

Anticipated End Date: o/a May 17th, 2024

To Apply:

Apply Online. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references, of which one should be a supervisor. Please, no phone call inquiries.

At NED, we recognize that our most important asset is our people. We value the diversity of skills and perspectives our team brings to our work. We believe an inclusive and supportive work environment fosters a culture of respect and appreciation for all individuals. NED is committed to creating a workplace that allows everyone to be their authentic selves and make meaningful contributions to our organization, our grantees, and our world.

NED strives to create a work experience that supports the well-being and healthy work-life balance of our employees. Our comprehensive benefits package offers health insurance (includes no copay for mental health services), a generous retirement savings plan, paid parental, vacation, and sick leave, a hybrid workplace model, flexible work schedules, and wellness initiatives to ensure a positive work-life balance.

NED is dedicated to creating an environment of respect and collaboration where everyone is encouraged to participate and take ownership of their work. We offer flexible work schedules and, for most positions, the opportunity for weekly telework days. This hybrid approach allows our employees to balance their work and personal lives while still participating in the collaborative process at the heart of our mission.

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics covered by applicable law. The NED is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation for all qualified individuals and bases all employment decisions on qualifications, merit, and business need. The NED believes that diversity and inclusion among our team members are critical to our success as an organization operating globally and seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

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