Public Relations & Government Relations Intern | The Optical Society

The Optical Society, a prestigious non-profit, scientific professional society in Dupont Circle is seeking a college-level intern majoring in public relations/integrated communications to work in the external relations department.

Position Summary:

Writing, Research & Analytics

• Manage timelines, calendars, project trackers

• Writing press releases and other promotional copy

• Supporting conference/tradeshow PR planning and implementation

• Research ongoing policy issues related to science, technology and government

• Assist with Capitol Hill and District visits; attend briefings and write summaries

• Updating and maintaining media contact lists

• Other external relations tasks as assigned

• Write social media content

Position requires strong organizational and communication skills, attention to detail, ability to multitask, and superior writing ability. You will gain practical, hands-on public relations experience at an international non-profit organization. Assignments will be comparable to those of an entry-level public relations/government relations position and will give you a well-rounded introduction to a fast-paced PR/GR environment.

Education & Experience:

• College-level coursework in public relations and/or political science

• Familiarity with social media and media relations tactics

• Experience using Microsoft office software

Skills & Abilities:

• Interpersonal and written communication skills required for internal and external contacts

• Ability to manage workflow with daily deadlines

• Strong organizational and project management skills

• Ability to work independently or in a team environment

Term: May-August 2017, part-time (20-25 hours per week). Stipend/hourly rate to commensurate with experience.

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