Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Unpaid
  • Full Time / Part Time

Internship Opportunities

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a nonpartisan policy institute dedicated exclusively to promoting pluralism, defending democratic values, and fighting the ideologies that threaten democracy.  The organization was founded shortly after 9/11 by a group of visionary philanthropists and policymakers to engage in the worldwide war of ideas and to support the defense of democratic societies under assault by terrorism and militant Islamism.  FDD combines policy research, investigative journalism, strategic communications, and democracy and counterterrorism education.

About FDD's Internship Program 

Based in downtown Washington, D.C., the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has a number of internship opportunities available.  All FDD interns will have the opportunity to participate in a twice-monthly speaker series, which brings high-level DC officials and senior staff members to engage with interns in an intimate setting.  FDD interns will be encouraged to build on their academic skills by working closely with senior staff.  FDD is also happy to assist students who wish to earn academic credit for this internship. All internships are unpaid.


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  It is recommended that interested candidates submit applications early.

The Design and Digital Team


The Design & Digital Team is seeking a full-time or part-time intern to assist with graphic design, digital content, and social media. The selected candidate will help with design of FDD branded materials, website editing, photography, provide hands-on assistance with audio/visual productions (in support of FDD's Foreign Podicy, broadcast appearances, and FDD events), as well as participate in the development of social media content and its corresponding strategy. Previous knowledge and skills with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop are a must. Additional skills in After Effects, Premiere, Audition, HTML, and CSS are preferred. Interest or knowledge in international studies is also a plus. 



Eligibility

  • Must have at least a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Should have a relevant course of study and have completed coursework in any of the following fields: International Relations, Security Studies, History, Communications, Journalism, International Economics or Political Science.
  • Interns should have knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, as well as basic Excel skills.
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 22 hours per week.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Application Materials Required

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover letter 
  3. Two letters of reference
  4. Unofficial transcript copy
  5. Portfolio of past designs or digital work

Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this internship and your availability for the semester. If you are interested in multiple positions, you may use the same cover letter for each but submit separate applications. To apply, please visit: https://www.fdd.org/jobs-and-internships/ .


Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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