U.S. Department of Commerce press office Fall Internship Opportunity

Application deadline is Monday, August 4 at 5 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Public Affairs, housed in the Office of the Secretary, is currently seeking interns with a dedication to public service. The Office assists the Secretary on all public affairs and strategic communications matters and serves as a liaison with the White House and Executive Branch agencies on public information matters. Successful candidates will be part of a team that serves as the primary point of contact between the Department and news media, organizations, and the general public.

Among other responsibilities, interns will:

  • Help draft press releases, blog posts, and briefing memos for senior staff,
  • Perform research in preparation for speeches and public events,
  • Compile news clips,
  • Update press lists, and
  • Develop strategies to enhance the Department’s public outreach.

Qualified interns may also receive hands-on experience with speechwriting and social media.

The unpaid internship can be part-time or full-time. A transportation stipend for local travel is provided.

Requirements: This internship is open to undergraduate students, recent college graduates, or graduate students. The ideal candidate is a self-starter with experience working in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment. Strong writing skills and Microsoft Office proficiency are required. Public affairs, journalism, or political communications background is a plus. Other federal government or Hill experience is recommended, but not required. Experience with social media analytics and graphic design is also preferred, but not required.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, 3 professional/academic references, and writing sample (two pages or less) to publicaffairs@doc.gov.


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