Communications Internships

The Institute of Digital Media and Child Development is currently seeking a Communications Intern to assist the President and the Assistant to the President.

About the Institute

Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development (the Institute) seeks fundamental insights into how children, their peers and their families are engaging with digital media; and how these interactions at home, school and within their communities affect their cognitive, psychological, social, behavioral and physical development. The Institute supports and catalyzes high quality, objective interdisciplinary scientific research; communicates evidence-based information to parents, clinicians, educators, media and policymakers; and, seeks to improve children’s media experience so that they may grow up and reach their full potential as healthy, thriving and productive members of society.

Specifically, the Institute aims to:

1. Provide grant funding for objective, scientific research by the top scientists in the field;
2. Serve as a central resource for parents, media, researchers and policy makers for research and information;
3. Collaborate with industry to develop socially responsible media;
4. Develop advice for parents regarding a healthy media diet;
5. Advocate for governmental and social policies that protect children.

Internship Summary

This internship, beginning immediately, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior year or senior year, recent college graduates or graduate students with an major in journalism, media or communications disciplines.
This internship pays a stipend upon completion. Applicants can work part-time or full time, with some flexibility around prior educational commitments. The internship is based in Old Field, New York and will last a semester or longer.
Primary Responsibilities
Interns will provide writing and publicity support and coordination to the President and to the Assistant to the President. Interns will be responsible for a variety of tasks including, but not limited to the following:

● Assist with a communications project
● Identify relevant media targets and updating media lists
● Monitor print and broadcast media for coverage that includes mention of projects and Institute experts
● Develop and maintaining social media
● Write articles for Institute’s Website and Blog
● Attend and observing some Institute meetings and events for coverage
● Staff public events and assisting with live Tweeting of events when appropriate
● Assist with the planning of an annual dinner and press events
● Work with producer of web video series

In addition to providing support to the Communications team directly, interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings and network with other interns within the Institute.

Education/Skills/ Experience

Graduate or undergraduate student working towards a degree in journalism or communications are encouraged to apply. Recent college graduates are also eligible to apply.
Application Procedure
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. To be considered, applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.
To apply, applicants must email two documents to Anna Lubitz, Assistant to the President, at anna@childrenandscreens.com:
1. A cover letter highlighting your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals; and
2. A resume, transcript and contact information for two academic or professional references. Unofficial transcripts and letters of recommendation rather than references are acceptable.