Public Square Program Internship

Democracy Fund (Washington, D.C.)

Posted 2 months ago

Democracy Fund is seeking highly motivated candidates to support the Public Square Program beginning Fall 2021. Preferred minimum commitment of 28 hours per week, and approximately nine months with an expected end date in June 2022. While this position will initially work remotely, it may transition to an in-person role in our D.C. office once it reopens. The pay rate is $21/hour for undergraduate interns and $25/hour for graduate level interns. 

The Public Square Program focuses on vibrant media and citizen engagement by supporting innovations and institutions that help people better understand and participate in the democratic process. We’re looking for candidates with experience in journalism, communications, and/or civic innovation who are passionate about the future of journalism and making our political system more effective. A successful candidate believes that the media plays a critical role in the public square, and that all communities should have access to the news and information they need to participate fully in our democracy. 


  • Conduct research on both internal grantmaking trends and external key issues of and key issues related to the Public Square Program, such as local news ecosystems, media equity, and press freedom, and oversee regular documented updates. 
  • Actively engage with all staff at Democracy Fund as a capable and collaborative team member. We count on our interns to contribute to discussions and help develop solutions to some of the greatest problems our nation faces today. 
  • Assist in evaluating grantmaking opportunities and the preparation of internal materials that are part of the grantmaking process. 
  • Contribute to and assist with the coordination of the Public Square’s external communications, including the Local Fix newsletter, Local News Lab website and Engaged Journalism Lab.
  • Provide logistical support during meetings with journalism grantees and partners—this may include coordinating meeting times, notetaking, drafting memoranda, proofing and copy-editing materials, and providing research background.


  • A passion for strengthening American democracy, particularly for communities that have been historically excluded from democratic processes 
  • Willingness to contribute, learn, and respectfully engage with those who have different perspectives 
  • Ability to work at least 4 days, or 28 hours per week 
  • Enrollment in (or completion of) an undergraduate or graduate university program, or equivalent experience in the field 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Experience with journalism and/or public communication writing, with a strong attention to detail, precision, and copy editing
  • Excellent organizational, project planning, and time management skills 
  • Professional demeanor 
  • Success in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships 
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team  
  • Eagerness to learn, high self-motivation, and orientation towards details 
  • Ability to work remotely with possibility to transition to our D.C. office in the future 

Interested candidates should submit a resumé and brief statement confirming their availability for the upcoming nine months, including ideal start/end dates and hours per week. (This statement is not a cover letter. Instead, applicants who become finalists will receive a short essay question.) Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to follow up with all applicants. No calls please. 

Democracy Fund offers a paid internship program in an inclusive environment that gives students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to make important professional contributions to our work. For interns beginning in Fall 2021, the pay rate is $21/hour for undergraduate interns and $25/hour for graduate level interns. Democracy Fund is committed to a diverse workplace, seeking voices and expertise from people from across the political spectrum. Our board, staff, advisors, and grantees include Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Democracy Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where we encourage candidates of all ages, color, ethnic background, country of origin, race, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply. 

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