Communications Internship

Part-time, 20-24 hours per week 

Washington, DC (Chinatown) 


DC Action for Children provides internships for current or recent undergraduate or graduate students; and older adults looking for encore careers in public policy. The Communications Intern will amplify DC Action’s mission to advance public policies that improve the well-being of children, especially those most affected by poverty and racism. 



We're shaping fair and equitable public policy for all of DC's children and youth to grow up safe, resilient, powerful, and heard.   

DC Action for Children was founded in 1992 by six women concerned about the deteriorating conditions for children in the city. Together, they established a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and independent voice for kids to advance public policies that improve the well-being of children, especially those most affected by poverty and racism.  

With the support of individuals and private foundations, DC Action for Children uses research, data, and a focus on race equity to break down barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential. Our collaborative advocacy campaigns empower young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change. 



  • Managing a project from start to finish 

  • Meaningful work under the direct supervision of an experienced DC Action leader

  • Working with highly collaborative and innovative teams

  • Writing and editing fact sheets, blogs, and website content

  • Managing and updating websites

  • Communicating and crafting messages about how child policy works

  • Drafting press releases and media talking points

  • Designing marketing materials and social media graphics



  • Develop creative marketing strategies to amplify current advocacy campaigns

  • Draft blogs on timely issues

  • Collaboratively brainstorm creative ways to increase social media following

  • Design graphically appealing social media posts via 

  • Manage media database and press list.

  • Contribute both individually and as a team member in internal and external  meetings

  • Create materials such as press releases, talking points and one-pagers

  • Write content for DC Action’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram

  • Communicating via social media channels during meetings, events, and fundraisers

  • Support fundraising events



  • Has a passion for economic, racial and social justice

  • Is a current or recent undergraduate or graduate student; or older adult looking for an encore career in public policy

  • Has demonstrated interest, experience, and/or academic training in one or more of the following areas: journalism, marketing, communications, public relations, or related fields

  • Has strong research and writing skills

  • Has the ability to absorb new information rapidly

  • Has experience in organizing and executing events, including logistics and promotion

  • Is able to switch gears easily in order to meet deadlines

  • Has excellent project management and organizational skills

  • Is flexible, and self-motivated and able to work both independently and part of a team

  • Displays a positive, can-do attitude and uses good judgement

  • Is proficient in Microsoft Office suite

  • Is currently eligible to work in the U.S.

  • Values and contributes to a culture of diversity and inclusion

  • Thrives in working in a small, fast-paced, entrepreneurial organization committed to the well-being of children and youth 

  • Has sense of humor!


DC Action for Children internships are unpaid and we are not able to offer housing/assistance at this time. Applicants may contact educational and non-profit organizations to apply for funding assistance. DC Action for Children offers a structured learning and development program, a great team, and working environment committed to fostering growth and leadership. 



  • Gain experience in app-enabled graphic design

  • A structured program with professional development opportunities, including citywide educational brown bag seminars.

  • Monthly team lunches

  • Ongoing feedback

  • Casual work attire

  • We have the pleasure of working inside the Chinatown WeWork, which offers weekly snacks and happy hours! We love the free cold brews :)



Fall: September 24, 2019 to December 6, 2019, negotiable

Spring: January - April, 2020

Summer: June - August, 2020



To apply, please complete the DC Action for Children Intern Application Form and upload your resume along with a writing sample.  

Highest consideration is given to applicants who have demonstrated a strong interest in issues affecting children and families through their academic, extracurricular, professional or service experiences.  No phone calls please.   


DC Action for Children recognizes and honors diversity in race, ethnicity, culture, age, abilities, gender, sexual orientation, and places where people live. We seek to reflect this diversity in all aspects of our work, including the composition of our board, staff, and volunteers. Further, DC Action for Children seeks to be a multicultural and culturally competent organization that works for equity among all people. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.