Media and Communications Intern
J Street is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student to intern in our Washington, DC office for the fall semester 2011. This internship is an excellent opportunity to understand and get involved in J Street’s work. In addition to day to day work, the media and communications intern will have the opportunity to participate in brown-bag lunches with senior staff and other professions in the field, give feedback regarding student programming, and plan intern events.
Interns are also encouraged to participate in J Street U chapters on their campuses.The media and communications intern will assist the Vice President of Communications in a range of tasks related to supporting J Street’s overall public relations operations, including strategic communications and traditional and new media outreach. Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, research, drafting, building press lists, media pitching and media monitoring.
Applicants must have:
Excellent written and oral communications skills
Strong attention to detail
Advanced Microsoft Office Suite skills
Excellent candidates may have:
Experience as a student or campaign volunteer on political or social justice issues
A sound working knowledge of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the American Jewish community
J Street is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans. The organization gives political voice to mainstream American Jews and other supporters of Israel who, informed by their progressive and Jewish values, believe that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is essential to Israel’s survival as the national home of the Jewish people and as a vibrant democracy. J Street’s mission is two-fold: first, to advocate for urgent American diplomatic leadership to achieve a two-state solution and a broader regional, comprehensive peace and, second, to ensure a broad debate on Israel and the Middle East in national politics and the American Jewish community.
J Street represents Americans, primarily but not exclusively Jewish, who support Israel and its desire for security as the Jewish homeland, as well as the right of the Palestinians to a sovereign state of their own – two states living side-by-side in peace and security. We believe ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in the best interests of Israel, the United States, the Palestinians, and the region as a whole.
J Street supports diplomatic solutions over military ones, including in Iran; multilateral over unilateral approaches to conflict resolution; and dialogue over confrontation with a wide range of countries and actors when conflicts do arise. For more on our policy positions, visit: www.jstreet.org/issues.
J Street advocates forcefully in the policy process, in Congress, in the media, and in the Jewish community to make sure public officials and community leaders clearly see the depth and breadth of support for our views on Middle East policy among voters and supporters in their states and districts. We seek to complement the work of existing organizations and individuals that share our agenda. In our lobbying and advocacy efforts, we enlist individual supporters of other efforts as partners.
The J Street family of organizations includes J Street – a 501(c)(4) non-profit which is responsible for lobbying and advocacy; JStreetPAC – a federal political action committee that endorses and raises money for federal candidates who support active American leadership to bring peace and security to Israel and the Middle East; and the J Street Education Fund – a 501(c)(3) that aims to educate communities about the need for a two-state solution to the IsraeliPalestinian conflict and promote open, dynamic and spirited conversation about how to best advance the interests and future of a democratic, Jewish Israel. J Street Local, J Street’s national field program and J Street U, J Street’s campus movement are programs of the J Street Education Fund.
Compensation and Time Commitment This is an unpaid part-time, semester-long internship. Applicants must be available to work at least 2-3 days a week for a total of 14-16 hours in our Washington, DC office. Must be available to work in evenings and on weekends on rare occasion. Applicants should send a resume, cover letter and non-academic writing sample to Alizam@jstreet.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.
For general questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our internships page.