Jobs & Internships



Communications Associate

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) seeks to hire a highly motivated, well-organized team player who understands how the media works to join a fast-paced team and is familiar with and committed to furthering FDD’s work.  

Position responsibilities include:

• Arrange broadcast, print and digital media interview requests from beginning to end.

• Work with FDD’s research team to develop press releases, emails, newsletters, website and social media on issues of concern to FDD based on our research.

• Support the planning and execution of communications strategies and tactical plans. 

• Write and edit press releases.

• Compile an online weekly newsletter composed of articles by FDD’s experts.

• Develop media contacts and maintain database.

• Track and analyze media placements.

• Support projects and initiatives of the communications department.

Qualifications include:

• A B.A. degree in communications, journalism, political science or related fields.

• Interest and background in U.S. foreign policy and current affairs, as it relates to the Middle East is desired

• Strong writing and editing skills.

• An ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

• Digital communications experience.

• Media relations skills desired.

• High attention to detail and strong organization skills, including timeliness and accuracy. 

• Excellent written and oral communications skills. Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external contacts at all levels.

• Ability to work on tight deadlines and with the news cycle as required.

• Knowledge of HTML helpful but not required.

 FDD is a Washington-based nonpartisan research institute focusing on foreign policy and national security. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit to learn more about FDD’s research. To apply:  



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About FDD’s Internship Program

Based in downtown Washington, D.C., the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has a number of internship opportunities available during the spring, fall and summer semesters.  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. 


• 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 (Please review our website and include which FDD projects and issue areas resonate with you and why. Also indicate where you found this internship and your availability for the semester.)

3. Writing Sample (no more than 3 pages)

4. Unofficial transcript copy 

Please specify the department(s) for which you would like to be considered (feel free to indicate preferences) in your cover letter. While you may use the same cover letter for multiple positons, please submit a separate application for each position of interest. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

For general inquiries, email