2018 Fall Internship, National Public Affairs, NYC & D.C.

New York, United States Full-time

BerlinRosen, a leading progressive political consulting and strategic communications firm, is seeking highly motivated college students and graduates who are interested in getting hands-on experience in issue and campaign strategy, communications, and media advocacy. Interns will learn the basics of high-level communications strategizing and advocacy. The positions are based in New York City and Washington, DC.

Review of submissions begin July 23, 2018. 

Our 2018 Fall Internship Program is running from September 3, 2018 to December 28, 2018.

Interns will be assigned to work within a division on the National Public Affairs Team (Social Impact & Philanthropy, National Issue Advocacy, or Labor and Economy), but may collaborate with other divisions and teams as needed. Interns will be asked to focus on a range of projects, including longer-term and day-to-day/immediate tasks assigned by their team. 

NATIONAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS: Focuses on national and local issues and campaigns around the country. Interns will have the opportunity to work in media markets from coast to coast and responsibilities will include building press lists, gathering media clips, doing media analysis and research projects, pitch calls to reporters, copy-editing and writing press releases, and social media advocacy work. These positions are based in New York City and Washington, DC.

National Issue Advocacy: This division is based in New York City/ Washington D.C., and handles public affairs and media relations work for issues and clients on a national stage – from paid sick leave to energy policy and more.

Social Impact & Philanthropy: This division is based in New York City and handles a variety of clients who are working to change the world – traditional philanthropic foundations, cultural organizations, non-profit groups, and more.

Labor and Economy: This division is based in New York City and handles clients in the labor and economy space – fighting to raise wages, for worker rights, and beyond.

Applicants should possess the following characteristics:

  • Diligent work ethic
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong writing abilities: able to write clear and persuasive copy, quickly
  • Ability to work with a team to meet group objectives
  • Fearlessness – not afraid to pick up the phone and call a reporter
  • Eagerness to work in a fast-paced office environment
  • Ability to multi-task, balance competing priorities
  • Willingness to hustle and pitch in where necessary
  • Demonstrated interest in news, politics and current events
  • Excellent computer skills including Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Strong social media skills a plus
  • Excellent research skills on search engines like Lexis Nexis and database skills are a plus for work on media database Meltwater or Cision
  • A sense of humor!


  • 40 hours per week: Interns must be able to work 40 hours/week, Monday - Friday, on a roughly 9-to-5 schedule. Do not apply if you cannot meet this basic requirement.
  • Compensation: $15/hour

Please do not apply for multiple openings on the National Team, if you are interested in different teams, locations, or issues please state that in your cover letter and we will take it into consideration. We accept applications on a rolling basis.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we cannot reply to all submissions. We will contact applicants directly with requests for interviews. Please do not call to check on the status of your application. Please note, if hired, you may be assigned to a different team than your first preference.

For more information about BerlinRosen, please visit www.berlinrosen.com.