The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan, independent nonprofit watching the federal government on the people's behalf. POGO's investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.
POGO is looking for an eager individual to assist our communications team as we head into the end-of-year fundraising season and a major website redesign and migration. The communications intern will report directly to POGO's Design and Innovation Manager and will work closely with other members of the communications team, including the Chief Communications Strategist, to get a well-rounded and hands-on experience.
The communications internship will be based in our Washington, DC office and require a commitment of 25-40 hours per week during normal office hours. We offer compensation ($12.50/hour) to interns who cannot receive school credit or outside funding for their internship experience.
Start and end dates are flexible, but preference will be given to applicants who can start mid-September and commit through December. This internship also has the possibility of extension through Spring 2018.
Opportunities for learning and growth:
- Build knowledge of all aspects of communications strategy and implementation, such as front-end web development and design, email marketing, media relations, and social media.
- Learn fundamental communications technology such as content management systems, analytics tools, and software for email marketing and media relations.
- Assist the Design and Innovation Manager with tasks related to POGO's website migration and redesign process, including reviewing analytics to help inform engagement strategies
- Support the team in basic website posting, editing, and image research
- Craft digestible visual content such as share graphics and short videos
- Assist the Media and Communications Assistant in gathering reporter intelligence, drafting press releases, and communicating to supporters
- Assist the Social Media Manager in drafting and tracking posts, along with exploring new social media platforms and strategies that may further our reach to current and new audiences
- Participate in communications strategy and planning meetings
- Other tasks as required
- Demonstrated interest in communications, marketing, web development, or a related field
- Passionate about good government work and POGO's mission
- Excellent writing, communications, and analytical skills
- Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and creative
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office products, particularly Word and Excel
- Basic knowledge of HTML
- Familiarity with content management systems a plus
- Basic familiarity with Google Analytics a plus
Founded in 1981, POGO originally worked to expose outrageously overpriced military spending on items such as a $7,600 coffee maker and a $435 hammer. In 1990, after many successes reforming military spending, POGO decided to expand its mandate and investigate waste, fraud, and abuse throughout the federal government.
Throughout its history, POGO’s work has been applauded by Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, federal workers and whistleblowers, other nonprofits, and the media.
POGO provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. We welcome all interested and qualified individuals to apply.
Please email your cover letter, resume, a brief (1-2 page) writing sample, and college or university transcript (unofficial is fine) to email@example.com with “Communications Internship” in the subject line.