Careers at AJWS

 

Communications Intern (New York, NY)

Job Description

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is the leading Jewish organization working to promote human rights and end poverty in the developing world. We support more than 500 grassroots organizations in Africa, Asia and the Americas that promote the rights of women, girls and LGBT people; rebuild societies torn apart by war and natural disasters; and seek to secure access to food, land and water. In the United States, we mobilize our supporters to advocate for U.S. policies that help create a just and equitable world. We are inspired by Judaism's commitment to pursue justice and repair the world, and we believe that Jewish history teaches us to respect and fight for the rights of others.

Position Overview

AJWS’s Communications Department is seeking an intern for the fall semester, and, if possible, to continue throughout the spring. If the potential intern is unable to commit past the spring semester, he/she is still encouraged to apply. The intern must be able to commit to at least 15 hours of work per week. The communications intern will report to the Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Communications. Please note that this internship is unpaid but applicants are encouraged to apply for academic credit.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a deep commitment to AJWS’s mission and academic and professional experience in journalism, public relations and/or international development. Being organized and detail-oriented is critical.

Responsibilities

  • Compile relevant news clips and produce AJWS’s Daily Digest each morning (sent to AJWS staff and Board)
  • Research U.S. and international media outlets and journalists
  • Build and maintain press lists
  • Draft news releases, media alerts, talking points and fact sheets
  • Update information about organization on external websites
  • Special projects (e.g. doing research on the best practices for conducting an organizational oral history and writing a memo describing findings)
  • Assist with design projects

Qualifications

  • Previous experience in journalism, public relations or nonprofit communications a plus
  • Must be at least a sophomore in college
  • Exceptional writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Strong research skills and an ability to synthesize information into an easily understandable format
  • Sharp analytical thinking
  • Creativity and a desire to take initiative and suggest fresh ideas
  • Familiarity with AP style a plus
  • Interest in human rights and international developmentt

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please forward your resume and cover letter to dbloch@ajws.org and indicate your name and "Communications Intern" in the subject line.

We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with AJWS. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

AJWS is an equal opportunity employer and provides competitive salaries and benefits.

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