Open Position: Communications Intern

The Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) is looking for a paid, part-time Communications Intern. The intern will support staff in achieving the organization’s mission, bringing research and evidence into the public debate to improve policy and strengthen democracy. This position requires a commitment of 13 to 15 hours a week. In-person training will be required for the first two months; after that, some remote work may be possible.

The start date for this position is May 1 or June 1, depending on availability. Preference will be given to applicants who can commit to this position through the summer and fall semester. This position pays $15 per hour. SSN offices are located in 1035 Cambridge St, Suite 14B, Cambridge MA 02141.

The Scholars Strategy Network is a one-stop resource that connects journalists, policymakers, and civic leaders to America’s top scholars and their research. Together they inform news and help solve the nation’s toughest policy problems. Across the country, chapters and scholars volunteer their research, time, and energy. Scholars join the network to become part of a community of leading researchers who are dedicated to advancing the use of research wherever policy decisions are made. Learn more at

Job Description


  • Assist in monitoring and sharing content across SSN’s social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and on the SSN website

  • Support the production of the SSN podcast, No Jargon, including: preparing interview questions and show notes, identifying potential guests, and promoting new episodes

  • Build press lists and compile outreach materials for reporters on a variety of topics

  • Support staff and chapters in the creation of SSN newsletter content and local media materials

  • Support the rest of the SSN team as needed by proof-reading documents, compiling data, assisting in event planning, and taking on new tasks

  • Make recommendations for how to increase engagement on social media accounts by researching who to follow and strategic ways to interact

  • Monitor social media and website analytics, in support of Communications Team’s quarterly metrics and goals

  • Additional duties as assigned


  • Graduate student, advanced undergraduate student, or equivalent experience

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and proofreading ability

  • Experience monitoring and managing professional social media accounts

  • Familiarity with email marketing or newsletter production preferred, including experience with Cision, Sprout, or Mailchimp

  • Design, branding, or marketing experience preferred, preferably with Adobe Creative Suite or Canva

  • Commitment to SSN’s mission

  • Self-motivated

  • Detail-oriented

  • Professional, positive, and trustworthy

  • Ability to learn new skills

  • Flexibility to move among tasks

  • Eagerness to learn about the nonprofit sector and political process

How to Apply

Email a cover letter, resume, names and contact info of two references, and a short writing sample (i.e. blog post, newsletter, OpEd, or short essay) to Miranda Cawley at [email protected] with subject line “SSN Communications Intern  - Your Name.” Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

People of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and women are strongly encouraged to apply. SSN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, national origin, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity.