Communications Intern


The Renew Democracy Initiative (RDI) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to renewing and advancing the values of liberal democracy in the U.S. and around the world.. We promote intellectual humility and an empathetic approach to disagreement.

What we do:

1.     Unite people under the first-order principles of a liberal democracy
2.     Make civics education accessible, engaging, and effective
3.     Promote respectful dialogue and disagreement

We have a small, tight-knit executive team, so interns will have the unique opportunity to learn all aspects of how to run an organization and make a personal impact on America’s democratic landscape. Because we are a start-up organization, interns should also be ready to play multiple roles as we have an “all hands on deck” mentality. All roles will have a mix of substantive and administrative responsibilities.

Interns will have nearly unprecedented access to our Board of Directors—including renowned chess champion Garry Kasparov, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Senator Bob Kerrey, Pulitzer Prize winner Bret Stephens and many others. Check out our leadership board for more info!

About the role

The communications intern will help craft RDI’s public-facing image. Responsibilities will include: 

  • Working with the marketing team to write copy that promotes RDI to stakeholders and different segments of our target demographics

  • Working with other stakeholders to write material for the civics education program

  • Using an email marketing system to set up & send out newsletters and other materials

  • Using and maintaining our customer relationship management database

  • Working with our digital interns to create content for our online presence

  • Sitting in on meetings and producing accurate, professional minutes

  • Helping to set up communications with donors

  • Various other tasks and special projects

Qualifications of an ideal candidate:

  • Exceptional undergraduates (juniors and seniors preferred), graduate students, and recent grads are encouraged to apply

  • Politically well-informed & interested in promoting constitutional democracy and civics education

  • Open-minded and willing to interact with those whom they may disagree with

  • An excellent writer

  • Creative, organized, able to multitask and perform under pressure

  • Social, articulate, and a go-getter personality!

Logistics & Benefits

  • Interns will be based in NYC (barring special circumstances) 

  • Interns can either work full time (40 hours/week) or part time (15-20 hours/week)

  • Hours are flexible; we are willing to work around your academic schedule

  • RDI will provide a modest stipend for full time interns and college credits to all interns if approved by their university programs

  • RDI will offer continuing education opportunities as well as access to members of the Board of Directors

  • Depending on performance and organizational needs, the internship could develop into a full-time paid position 

  • An opportunity to work in an exciting start-up office with unlimited snacks, coffee other perks

We are recruiting on a rolling basis. Please send a resume, brief cover letter, and short (<500 words) writing sample on a social, political, historical, or educational topic to Please also indicate your desired hours per week and start date in your cover letter. Only complete applications will be reviewed.