Internship Opportunities


Summer 2019

We are excited to share this opportunity for summer employment with The Phi Beta Kappa Society’s national office in Washington, DC. We are looking for two part-time interns to work on a variety of projects.

Each position has an opportunity to collaborate with multiple departments within a national non-profit society. In addition to day-to-day projects, each intern completes a capstone project of their choosing with guidance from national office staff. The project includes a written report and presentation to senior staff and is designed to encourage critical thinking, long term strategy, best writing and presentation practices, and creativity.

There is a strong focus on professional development during the twelve weeks, including regular check ins on projects, resume and cover letter review, and a Society-wide commitment to providing an educational experience.

We are looking for a college student or recent graduate with a passion for the liberal arts and sciences and strong writing abilities. Preference will be given to Phi Beta Kappa members. Applicants are welcome to apply for both positions:

Digital Media & Communications Intern
This position will assist in furthering the Phi Beta Kappa mission, raising brand awareness, and engaging new audiences through online platforms. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
  • Assisting in planning, brainstorming, curating, and executing social media content strategies;
  • Creating visual content for social media platforms as directed;
  • Helping track website, e-newsletter, and social media analytics for monthly reports;
  • Researching the latest trends and tools for social media, email, and web content and make recommendations for improvement;
  • Drafting content for national and regional websites using Kentico and Wix platforms;
  • Drafting and sending local event emails to members using Informz;
  • Updating the communications calendar with engagement opportunities;
  • Collaborating with the communications and web teams on new content and concepts;
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Strong writing ability
  • Knowledgeable about social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
  • Some video/photo editing experience preferred, especiall with Powtoon or similar applications.
  • Experience editing web and e-newsletter content
  • Able to conduct research and learn quickly
  • An eye for detail and strong organizational skills
  • Creativity and a sense of humor
  • Ability to work independently to meet deadlines

National Arts & Sciences Initiative Intern
This intern will work with our National Arts & Sciences Initiative team to assist with event planning, conduct research, develop materials, and join the national conversation on supporting the liberal arts and sciences. The assistant will have an opportunity to participate in the day-to-day responsibilities of a major advocacy campaign. Duties will include:
  • Supporting the design and execution of advocacy event planning which can include: researching potential speakers and award recipients, compiling invitation lists, helping design event materials, and providing onsite assistance;
  • Researching higher education news, legislative developments, and legislators for meeting and alerts;
  • Assisting in the development of Initiative communications and social media posts;
  • Drafting general correspondence and proofreading documents as needed; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • A passion for the liberal arts and sciences, combined with a keen interest in politics, news, books, and culture
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and in team settings
  • Good time-management capacity, with the ability to manage and meet deadlines for multiple projects simultaneously

Hours and Compensation 
The positions will each be paid a stipend of $5,500 total for 12 weeks of work. The schedule is Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Preferred start date is Monday, June 3, 2019.
How to Apply
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (maximum of 5 pages) to Laura Hartnett at by Sunday, April 7, 2019.