CWA Political Action Digital Media Internship

Washington, DC

Position: Political Digital Media Intern
Location: Washington, DC
Start Date: Immediately
Duration: 6-12 months

The Communications Workers of America is looking for an independent, high energy, prompt, and creative intern, interested in gaining hands-on, practical experience in graphic design, motion graphics, videography/filming, video editing, and social media. The Digital Media Intern will directly assist senior staff of the Political Department in creating digital components for campaign programs for the Communications Workers of America, a labor union representing roughly 700,000 workers in telecommunications, printing and news media, public service, healthcare, and other industries.

The Political Department needs a Political Digital Media Intern with a proven eye for graphic design and an ability to tell clear and concise stories through video and motion graphics. At the same time, they need to push out their content effectively on social media (special emphasis on Instagram). In this role, the intern will possibly have the opportunity to work closely with experienced producers and assist with production and post-productions tasks. There will also be room for the intern to have creative freedom over their own projects while keeping on-message with the department’s objectives.

Duties/Internship Description:
This internship will be centered around informing, persuading, and mobilizing CWA members through integrated digital strategies. This intern will play a role in content creation as part of the overall strategy. As an intern, you will also learn to analyze key political issues and articulate solutions to the pressing problems of the day with digital media. The intern will work closely with the Digital Media Manager to assist with a wide range of design and video production projects, including digital advertising creative, email graphics, infographics, logos, websites, book covers, marketing documents, and promotional materials. Above all, we hope that our interns will learn that firm ideology and activism in the democratic process yields real, meaningful (and potentially revolutionary) results for working people.

Graphic Design

  • Create, edit, update, connect, and share digital video, graphics, and microsites while enforcing overall narrative and style efforts
  • Support the management of content and creative production whether in-house or externally
  • Help develop visual presentations and graphics for internal and external stakeholders
  • An understanding of creative best practices and content nuances by platform (ex: display, video, social, paid search, in app, etc)


  • Documentary footage shooting and editing
  • Assisting with interviews
  • Transport, setup, and operate equipment
  • Staging, and preparation
  • Post-production of video, including pulling clips, topping & tailing, editing, encoding, and publishing to web.
  • Managing archive, keeping an organized system of backing up media.
  • Aptitude in storytelling through editing
  • Desktop computer and/or laptop will be provided

Social Media

  • Get familiar with our social media and content strategies
  • Help execute our social media strategy
  • Work with our Social Media Manager to create content for our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages
  • Help prepare images and any sharable content for social media
  • Schedule social media posts
  • Design content for our newsletter (we realize this is outside of social media)
  • Attend events (when possible) in order to promote them on social

Responsibilities beyond graphic design, videography/filming, and social media may include:

  • Assisting with campaign planning, research and targeting for 2018 races
  • Helping to coordinate political activity in targeted states
  • Assisting supervisor with preparation for meetings and events
  • Working at trainings, meetings, and events with senior staff
  • General office support
  • Tracking and organizing grassroots efforts with a focus on connecting individual citizens to coalition members
  • Knowledge of HTML and CSS – any coding knowledge is a benefit


  • Commitment to progressive politics
  • Academic and/or professional background in graphic design, motion graphics, video production, communications, political science
  • Eagerness to learn
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite; Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Premiere
  • Strong research skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to interact professionally within a diverse community
  • Ability to adapt to a fast-paced environment
  • Detail-oriented and reliable
  • Being generally awesome and able to work well with awesome people

Compensation: $15/hr (up to 40-hours per week)

How to Apply: Interested candidates should email a PDF copy of their portfolio, links to any relevant and notable work, cover letter explaining your qualifications and interests in the position, a résumé, and complete our writing test https://goo.gl/pT8Umh to Leonitha Francis, our Political & Legislative Administrator, at lfrancis@cwa-union.org. For sample of video work, upload to our Drobox account:

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