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Social and Digital Media Specialist

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-profit, nonpartisan policy institute focused on foreign policy and national security, seeks to hire a social and digital media specialist. Social and digital media are essential to the dissemination of FDD's research and strategic mission. The specialist plays an integral role in achieving organizational objectives across multiple platforms by creating engaging content optimized for online audiences.

Primary Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide overall strategy of FDD’s social and digital media programs
  • Manage the organization’s social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Medium
  • Oversee the front and back end management of FDD's family of websites
  • Provide weekly website analytics
  • Conduct scheduled and live Tweeting of FDD events and congressional testimony
  • Provide Twitter best practices to FDD staff
  • Work with FDD’s graphic designer to create social and digital media products, including quote graphics, infographics, video clips, and informational videos
  • Assist with operating FDD’s in-house studio for live and recorded broadcast interviews
  • Oversee the editorial planning, recording and editing of bi-weekly podcasts

Qualifications should include:

  • One year or more of professional experience working on a communications team, focusing on social media
  • Knowledge and experience using Adobe Creative Cloud programs
  • Knowledge and experience editing video and photos
  • At least one year of experience using social media platforms, particularly Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Medium, to promote an organization's messaging
  • Knowledge and experience using social media analytics tools, SEO, and familiarity with social media best practices
  • Experience working with CSS / HTML
  • Experience operating audio and video equipment, including podcasting, a plus
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills / positive attitude
  • Bachelor's degree required. Interests in communications and international studies are a plus

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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 spring 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.

• 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).  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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