Social Media & Marketing Internship

How To Apply

We are recruiting on a rolling basis. Please send a resume, brief cover letter, and, if possible, any examples of your work that would be relevant to social media management (Feel free to be creative) to apply@rdi.org. Please also indicate your desired hours per week and start date in your cover letter. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

The Renew Democracy Initiative is an equal-opportunity employer.

About Us

The Renew Democracy Initiative (RDI) is dedicated to creating a movement based on rational discourse and political liberalism, both of which have come under threat from across the political spectrum. Founded by a diverse, cross-partisan group of leaders, including former world chess champion Garry Kasparov; Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Bob Kerrey; and Pulitzer Prize winners Anne Applebaum and Bret Stephens, we are committed to data-driven decision-making and combatting the twin threats of far-left and far-right radicalism. Our Board and extended network give us unique credibility and a global perspective as we educate people about core liberal principles and empower them to prioritize these values in their civic behavior.

We have a small, tight-knit team, so interns will have the unique opportunity to work on high-level projects and partnerships and make a personal impact on American democracy. As a start-up organization, we have an “all hands on deck” approach, and interns should expect to play multiple roles, handling a mix of substantive and administrative responsibilities.

About The Role

This role will involve working on some combination of the below. Please be sure to review our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, and Youtube) prior to applying!

  • Working with the marketing team to create and implement social media campaigns that promote RDI to stakeholders and different segments of our target audiences
  • Maximizing engagement with members of the online public and responding to messages, comments, or posts in a witty manner consistent with RDI’s views 
  • Creating engaging, informative online content that can be adapted to our various digital channels. This will involve writing pithy captions that effectively summarize key ideas
  • Using our social media management platform (Social Pilot) to monitor analytics to draw in and maintain a wide audience
  • Planning and executing the distribution of multimedia content, with the twin aims of maximizing reach and developing a consistent brand for RDI
  • Working with RDI stakeholders to simultaneously promote their & RDI’s online brands
  • Reaching out to diverse communities of online influencers to disseminate our content
  • Leveraging and maintaining our customer relationship management (CRM) database in order to track contributions and audience interactions with RDI content

Qualifications of an Ideal Candidate

  • Knowledge of social media management, marketing, and/or communications is absolutely key
  • Exceptional undergraduates, graduate students, recent grads, or those with relevant work experience are encouraged to apply
  • Detail-oriented to a fault
  • Strong belief in RDI’s mission and values 
  • Politically well-informed with a strong intuition for how to make content resonate with the online public and how to engage effectively on Twitter, Facebook, TikTok and other social media channels 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Open-minded and willing to interact with those whom they may disagree with
  • Social, articulate, and a self-starter unafraid to take initiative
  • Experience with SEO, Youtube, Google ads & analytics & website design is a plus
  • Experience with Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) metrics is a plus
  • Experience with Customer Relationship Management and relevant online databases, such as EveryAction and SocialPilot, is a plus
  • While not required, foreign language proficiency (especially Russian, Spanish, or Chinese) is a plus
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Logistics & Benefits

  • This is an unpaid, volunteer internship
  • Academic Credit is offered upon school or departmental approval
  • This internship lasts 4 months, concurrent with the Spring academic semester, and interns can choose to work either full time (40 hours/week) or part time (25+ hours/week)
  • Hours are flexible and we are willing to work around your academic schedule
  • An opportunity to work closely with senior organizational leadership, including the Executive Director, as well as access to members of the Board of Directors, and other individuals from RDI’s extended network
  • A typical day could include spending a few hours on RDI’s social media channels; discussing content ideas with teammates; participating in a lunch-and-learn with a prominent political figure, a world champion poker player, or a global business leader;  reviewing RDI’s customer relationship manager; and attending team meetings to update & improve upon our social media strategy