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Communications Intern

Posted on: February 26, 2018

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We’re The Public Interest Network:  a group of dedicated people working with some of the top public interest organizations in the country to address questions our society can’t afford to ignore.

How do we preserve irreplaceable resource such as air, water and a livable climate for our grandchildren? How do we transform vast systems of transportation and energy that were designed to meet the needs of a different century? How do we produce food for a growing world in ways that won’t threaten human health and destroy the environment? How do we sustain the democratic ideal of the United States, as civic participation is diminished by consumerism and the rise of corporate personhood?

Questions like this drive all our work. The groups in The Public Interest Network, (including Environment America, U.S. PIRG, state environmental groups in 29 states, National Environmental Law Center, Environmental Action, Toxics Action Center, Pesticide Watch, Green Century Funds, Green Corps, Frontier Group, Community Voters Project, and Accelerate Change) each strive for solutions on their own, while the force of our combined strategies builds pressure for change across the political and economic spectrum.

While today’s problems are towering, tomorrow’s problems will be at least as challenging. We believe that organizing, and the power of bringing people together to call for change in one voice, will always be at the heart of successful efforts to solve America’s problems. That’s why our 300 core staff are committed to developing new organizers. We work together to identify new staff, then to train them to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

Communications Internships: The mission of the Public Interest Network’s in-house communications department is to strategically enhance public visibility of Environment America, U.S. PIRG and dozens of state and national affiliated organizations. We seek to elevate our organizational story and positioning through increased media mentions of TPIN’s campaigns and more interviews with our leadership and subject matter experts. Enhanced visibility should lead to greater name recognition, political clout and donations for the Public Interest Network family to advance its causes.


Interns will learn better strategic, writing, copy editing, networking and story pitching skills. Work in specific practice areas may include:

  • Nonprofit Strategy: Learn about The Public Interest Network’s campaigns, causes, and structure and then assist in developing communications strategies for ongoing and new campaigns
  • Writing: Assist in writing press releases, position statements and internal memos
  • Copy editing: Learn to edit for consistency and clarity
  • Networking: Assist in adding to network media lists through outreach to journalists.
  • Story pitching: Assist in pitching stories to journalists. Learn persuasive writing skills that match our stories to journalists’ needs.


Communications interns should have excellent academic credentials, be goal-driven and results-oriented, and have a strong desire to protect the public interest through nonprofit and political work. Leadership capability, initiative, and exceptional verbal and written advocacy and communication skill are essential. Candidates should have completed at least three years toward an undergraduate degree and prior experience volunteering or working with a nonprofit organization or political campaign is preferred.


Communications interns will be considered for work in Denver, Colo. Communications internships are unpaid. We are happy to work with you to accommodate any requirements that may allow you to receive funding from your school or other entity. Work-study eligible students are encouraged to apply.

Looking for new interns each semester, including summer.

Things To Know When You Apply:

The Public Interest Network is a group of organizations that share a vision of a better future, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to making positive change.

Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.

The Public Interest Network is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status



Denver, CO


The Public Interest Network

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0+ years


Start date
April 1, 2018

Apply by April 1, 2018