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Public Opinion Research and Communications Summer Internship Program 2014 

The Opportunity Agenda is dedicated to building the national will to expand opportunity for all in America through communications, research, and advocacy. We are seeking a spring intern with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and equal opportunity, good research skills and understanding of communications, and the initiative to take on new and innovative assignments. A sense of humor and a dose of modesty are essential. The internship is open to graduate students and professionals with a specific interest in public opinion research and media content analysis around social justice issues including poverty, criminal justice, economic opportunity, racial equality, and human rights in general. The intern will work under the supervision of the Public Opinion and Media Research Coordinator in the communications department of the organization.

The precise nature of the work varies by project and is based on the office's needs, but examples of work include:

  • Project management
  • Facilitating communications with consultants and other third parties
  • Monitoring the public opinion research landscape for new research
  • Assisting in collecting and analyzing existing public opinion research
  • Creating visual presentations of data (charts, table, graphics)
  • Blogging on public opinion topics
  • Assisting with survey development, implementation and analysis of results for feedback on workshops, presentations or events
  • Working with the communications team and highly acclaimed research consultants
  • Creating power point presentations of public opinion data
  • Assorted administrative duties

Qualifications: Candidates for this position should have a strong desire to work in public opinion research and public policy. The ideal candidate will have some experience working in a professional environment and therefore bring to the position analytical, organizational, and general office skills along with strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills. Good statistical skills and strong Microsoft Office skills, especially Excel and PowerPoint, are required. Experience with SPSS is preferred. The candidate must be comfortable taking initiative and should be detail-oriented, energetic and a quick learner with strong writing, editing, and research skills. Applicants with previous political or consumer opinion research experience will be given preference. 

The intern will ideally commit to 40 hours a week for 10 weeks starting on June 2. School credit or a stipend are available.

About The Opportunity Agenda:

The Opportunity Agenda was founded in 2004 with the mission of building the national will to expand opportunity in America. Focused on moving hearts, minds and policy over time, the organization works with social justice groups, leaders, and movements to advance solutions that expand opportunity for everyone. Through active partnerships, The Opportunity Agenda synthesizes and translates research on barriers to opportunity and corresponding solutions; uses communications and media to understand and influence public opinion; and identifies and advocates for policies that improve people’s lives. To learn more about The Opportunity Agenda, go to our website at http://www.opportunityagenda.org.

The Opportunity Agenda, a project of Tides Center, values a diverse workplace and encourages students with non-traditional experiences and from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

To apply, please send a cover letter (necessary to be considered) and resume to eleni@opportunityagenda.org with “Public Opinion Research and Communications Internship Summer 2014” as the e-mail subject. No phone calls please.

Summer 2014 Law and Advocacy Internship 

About the Organization: The Opportunity Agenda is a non-partisan public interest organization that promotes opportunity and human rights in the United States, bringing together legal and policy advocacy, social science research, and communications strategies. Our mission is to build the national will to expand opportunity in America. The Opportunity Agenda focuses on issues that incorporate racial justice, women’s rights, immigrant rights and economic justice for all

The Opportunity Agenda, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We value a workplace that is diverse in terms of gender, race, class, geographic origin, sexual orientation, and other differences that enrich our society.

Qualifications: The Opportunity Agenda is seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and equal opportunity, strong research and writing skills, and the initiative to take on new and innovative assignments. A sense of humor and a dose of modesty are essential.

Law students will assist in legal research and writing to support The Opportunity Agenda’s Law and Advocacy work. This summer, the focus would be on immigration policy, racial justice, human rights, and economic opportunity. Past research topics have included the application of international human rights laws to state constitutional and statutory jurisprudence, analysis of, and advocacy around, existing state and federal policies to promote equality across race, gender, income, and other characteristics; new approaches to addressing subconscious and structural bias in the law; and promising policies for promoting immigrant rights and economic opportunity. The work will be supervised by The Opportunity Agenda’s Robert L. Carter Fellow and Director of Law and Advocacy.

Terms: Our full-time summer internships are 12 weeks in length and are located in New York City. Interns participate in the full range of activities of the staff of The Opportunity Agenda during the course of the summer, and work with leading members of the social justice advocates community. Some work may be completed off-site. This is an unpaid internship; students are encouraged to seek public interest grants or fellowships from their home institutions. The Opportunity Agenda values a diverse workplace and encourages students with non-traditional experiences and from historically underrepresented groups to apply. For more information about the work of The Opportunity Agenda, please visit www.opportunityagenda.org.

Deadlines: Please forward an electronic resume, one-page cover letter, and short writing sample (5-10 pp., 12 pt. font, Times New Roman, double-spaced, one-inch margins) to Diego Iniguez-Lopez, Robert L. Carter Fellow, at diniguezlopez@opportunityagenda.org by April 21, 2014. In the email subject line, please state “Summer 2014 Law and Advocacy Internship.” Please, no phone calls. All applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Social Media Intern - Full Time Summer Internship 2014

The Opportunity Agenda is dedicated to building the national will to expand opportunity for all in America through communications, research, advocacy, and culture. We are seeking a summer intern with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and equal opportunity. The intern should possess good writing skills and a solid understanding of social media and digital engagement. A sense of humor and a dose of modesty are essential.

The internship is open to anyone with demonstrated skills in social media and an interest in social justice issues such as immigration, racial justice and equality, poverty, criminal justice, housing, human rights, and cultural strategy. A strong candidate will have a background in digital engagement and communications. The intern will work under the supervision of the Web Strategist in the communications department of the organization. In addition, the intern will support the organization’s Creative Change Facebook presence.

The precise nature of the work varies by project and is based on the office’s needs, but examples of work include:

  • Writing tweets, Facebook posts and some web content.
  • Staying abreast of trending conversations, and emerging social media technologies and software.
  • Creating visual presentations (graphics, impactful images with eye-catching quotes or factoids).
  • Supporting best practices and digital engagement strategy
  • Assisting in coordinating schedule of social media postings on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  • The opportunity to blog on topics related to our issue areas, and cross-posting content.
  • Assisting in web maintenance when needed.
  • Assorted administrative duties.

Qualifications:

  • A strong desire to work in the intersection of social media, digital engagement, cultural strategy, and equal opportunity.
  • Be detail-oriented, have strong office skills and should be an energetic and quick learner.
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong writing skills for social media
  • Microsoft Office skills
  • Basic HTML and CMS knowledge
  • Adobe products, especially Photoshop. Knowledge of InDesign and Publisher preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge of Hootsuite, TweetDeck, Bitly, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn required. Knowledge of Thunderclap, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr, Cision, and Tumblr a plus.
  • Knowledge of Google Analytics a plus
  • Video editing preferred but not required.
  • Applicants with previous public policy or social justice experience a plus.

The intern must be able to commit to a minimum of 35-40 hours weekly for 10 weeks dependent upon their availability. The hours are flexible, and some work may be completed off-site. The internship will begin June 2, 2014. School credit or stipend is available.

About The Opportunity Agenda:

The Opportunity Agenda was founded in 2004 with the mission of building the national will to expand opportunity in America. Focused on moving hearts, minds and policy over time, the organization works with social justice groups, leaders, and movements to advance solutions that expand opportunity for everyone. Through active partnerships, The Opportunity Agenda synthesizes and translates research on barriers to opportunity and corresponding solutions; uses communications and media to understand and influence public opinion; and identifies and advocates for policies that improve people's lives. To learn more about The Opportunity Agenda, go to our website at http://www.opportunityagenda.org.

The Opportunity Agenda, a project of Tides Center, values a diverse workplace and encourages students with non-traditional experiences and from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter (necessary to be considered) and resume to Robert Valencia at rvalencia@opportunityagenda.org, with "Social Media Intern Summer 2014" as the subject. No phone calls please.

Communications Intern - Full Time Summer Internship 2014

The Opportunity Agenda is dedicated to building the national will to expand opportunity for all in America through communications, research, advocacy, and culture. We are seeking a summer Communications Intern with an interest in social justice and equal opportunity. A strong candidate will have a background and keen interest in media and communications. A collaborative spirit, a sense of humor and a dose of modesty are essential.

The intern will work under the supervision of the Outreach and Events Associate as part of the Communications team. He or she will have an opportunity to work on a range of social justice issues and provide key support to the Communications team.

The intern’s responsibilities vary by project and will include:

  • Support Media Outreach Coordinator with daily media monitoring and expanding the organization’s press database.
  • Support Outreach and Events Associate with communications trainings, conferences and webinars.
  • Fact research on Criminal Justice, Poverty, and other organizational issues for use in communications materials.
  • Assist with organization’s media and publications tracking system.
  • Design of multi-media PowerPoints, and updating of existing PowerPoints.
  • Research and data-entry for organization’s database.
  • Review, tagging, and cataloging of images and video.

Education and/or Experience:

Attending college/graduate school or recently graduated and thinking seriously about a career in communications. The ideal candidate will have some experience working in a professional environment with strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel and PowerPoint, is required. Experience with database management is a plus. The candidate must be comfortable taking initiative and must be detail-oriented, energetic and a quick learner.

The intern must be able to commit to a minimum of 35-40 hours weekly for 10 weeks dependent upon their availability. The hours are flexible, and some work may be completed off-site. The internship will begin June 2, 2014. School credit or a stipend is available.

About The Opportunity Agenda:

The Opportunity Agendaʼs mission is to build the national will to expand opportunity in America. We use strategic communications, advocacy, and cultural engagement to grow a large and lasting movement for social justice vision and values. And we promote concrete solutions that fulfill those ideals. Our mission encompasses everyone in our nation, particularly communities facing steep barriers to opportunity, including low-income Americans, people of color, women, and immigrants. Central to our approach is building the knowledge, sophistication, and capacity of the social justice sector—advocates, policymakers, business leaders, artists, and others committed to expanding opportunity.

The Opportunity Agenda, a project of Tides Center, values a diverse workplace and encourages students with non-traditional experiences and from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter (necessary to be considered) and resume to ecelms@opportunityagenda.org, with "Communications Intern Summer 2014" as the subject. No phone calls please.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Pro Bono Legal Assistance

The Opportunity Agenda strives to bring our unique communications, research, and advocacy strategy to multiple issues.  As part of The Opportunity Agenda’s goal to marshal the public will to demand equal access to the American Dream, we provide our local partners with legal and policy support that connects our research and communications efforts to specific policy solutions.  Our work focuses on identifying the policies and practices that will address the diverse needs of the community, that embody the values of opportunity that we seek to promote in all public policies and that will, in turn, fuel further demand for expanding opportunity in other sectors.  Our aim is to provide information and analysis regarding effective solutions to community leaders, advocates, and institutions seeking to implement promising practices.

We are also researching ways of integrating human rights standards into U.S. law.  In collaboration with experts in the field and pro bono law firm partners, we will pursue other potential policy levers designed to build public dialogue and political will to address human rights as a cornerstone of opportunity. 

We are grateful to our current and past law firm partners including:  Schulte Roth & Zabel; Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP; DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary; Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP.  Our legal work is chaired by Bill Lann Lee, former Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Clinton administration and shareholder at Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C. in Oakland, California, and by Juhu Thukral, Director of Law and Advocacy at The Opportunity Agenda. 

If you are interested in learning more about pro bono opportunities for research on opportunity, human rights, and the law, please e-mail your resume to Diego Iniguez-Lopez, Robert L. Carter Fellow, at diniguezlopez@opportunityagenda.org.