Jobs & Internships

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Managing Editor for Broadcast and Media Development

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) seeks to hire a highly motivated, energetic and entrepreneurial Managing Editor for Broadcast and Media Development to raise the institution's profile on television and radio, develop relationships with regional media and identify external partners. S/he will identify unique angles and opportunities to position executive staff, experts and fellows as thought leaders; be tasked with forming strong relationships with bookers/producers as well as FDD leadership and staff to create fresh opportunities to present unique perspectives; and take pride in their accountability.

Qualifications include:

  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in political, policy, association or nonprofit booking with major electronic media or as a booker/producer for the same
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work on tight deadlines and with the news cycle as required
  • Demonstrated discretion with proprietary and/or sensitive information
  • High-level critical thinking skills, sound judgment and calm under pressure

S/he will have a commitment to working within a flat communications structure and a strong interest in FDD's areas of expertise.

FDD is a nonprofit and nonpartisan national security and foreign policy institute devoted to independent research in the defense of free nations against their enemies. Founded in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, FDD uniquely combines policy research, counterterrorism and democracy education, strategic communications, and investigative journalism to pursue the goal of a more secure future for America and her allies.

Interested applicants are encouraged submit a cover letter and CV to jobs@defenddemocracy.org. No phone calls, please. Salary commensurate with experience.


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

About FDD’s Internship Program

Based in downtown Washington, D.C., the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has a number of summer 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.

Eligibility

  • Must be at least a college junior (third year) in good standing.
  • 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 - 40 hours per week.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Internship Openings

1) The Research Department is seeking part-time and full-time interns for the summer.  Interns will work closely with FDD staff to conduct research on a number of our critical projects.  Interns will also work with the research team and will likely have an opportunity to work directly with an FDD Research Fellow.  If there is a particular FDD Fellow of interest to you, please indicate that on your cover letter.  The Research Department is looking for interns with research experience, and ability to conduct research in a foreign language is a plus but not required.

2) The Communications Department is seeking part-time and full-time interns for the summer with an interest in foreign policy, journalism, communications and public relations, and marketing. Interns will experience Washington’s fast-paced media environment and see first-hand how policy and the media collide. They will monitor the organization's media profile, and attend Washington events and broadcast interviews. At the end of the term, they will be prepared to work as reporters, public relations representatives, and Capitol Hill staffers. Applicants must be hard working and eager to learn new skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office a must; experience with website content management systems and HTML are desirable but not required. 

3) The Congressional Relations Department is seeking part-time and full-time interns for the summer.  Interns will work closely with FDD staff to conduct research on a number of our congressional projects.  Interns will also work with the research team and will likely cover congressional hearings, do background research on issues being considered by congress, and other legislative research projects.  If there is a particular national security issue of interest to you, please indicate that on your cover letter.  The Congressional Relations Department is looking for interns with broad research experience and an interest in the legislative branch. Previous internship experience on Capitol Hill is a plus.  

Application Materials Required:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Short cover letter/personal statement articulating your interest in an internship position at FDD.
  3. Writing Sample (no more than 3 pages)
  4. Unofficial transcript copy (ONLY for Research Department applicants)

Please specify the department(s) for which you would like to be considered (feel free to indicate preferences in your cover letter).  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

To Apply: In order for your application to be considered, send all application materials via email to Kellie Soto, Intern Coordinator, at Kellie@DefendDemocracy.org