Communication Internship & Job Newsletter- Week of September 29, 2017

COMM Intern of the Week:

Meet the September 29th Comm Student Intern of the Week:

Tara Ataee

 Tara Ataee

Tara Ataee is a senior communication major with a concentration in media production and criticism at George Mason University.  She currently interns at Tysons Biergarten, Tysons Corner, Virginia.  The establishment was inspired by Germany’s 400 year heritage of Bavarian beer halls. Tysons Biergarten hosts live music, sports games, parties, events, and fundraisers.  Tara's main intern responsibility is to assist with the company operations that manage the social media pages. She is assigned to a variety of tasks, which include:

  • Work with social media such as Snapchat and Instagram
  • Respond to all Facebook messages
  • Assist with advertising
  • Assist with marketing and executing events
  • Assist with finding partners and sponsors

    Tara loves working at her internship, and now better understands how the media plays an important role in how a business operates. As she improves her understanding of creativity, and uses skills in marketing, advertising, social media, and working with clients, she cannot wait to start doing social media management in the future!


Week of September 29th Internship/Job Postings:

Note: Please make sure to check if these internships/jobs have deadlines or are ongoing by checking the link or with the contact information provided.


>Sew Special, LLC

  • Sew Special, LLC is a Promotional Products company in Oak Hill, Virginia (near Herndon, Virginia).  One of my clients for years has been OLLI @ George Mason.  Thus, I thought about George Mason University, in our backyard to look for interns in your communications department.
  • I have been looking for a non-paid intern for about 10-20 hours a week in return for great references, from your communications department.  I am looking for someone that would be very tech savvy in Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and updating our website.  Our Website is:

>Sightline Media Group

  • Sightline Media Group, Editorial Intern
  • Position listed in HireMason – Job ID#144155
  • This position is paid.
  • We are looking for solid journalism students, ideally in Masters programs, and with a deep interest in defense, military, enterprise IT, geopolitics and national security issues. Prior military service is a huge plus, and will be strongly preferred. We also seek veterans for a wide variety of full time roles at our company.

    An internship on the Military Times digital desk will provide journalism students with unparalleled experience covering military affairs and national security issues. Our newsroom is fast-paced, deadline driven, and we have incredibly high standards for all of our journalists.

    Interns will be immersed in our operations, consulted on key editorial decisions and expected to produce a variety of content every day. You’ll be highly marketable upon completion of the internship.

    Located outside of Washington, D.C., Military Times is an independent authority on the U.S. armed forces. We have a proud legacy of producing award-winning journalism. Our reporters cover conflict and overseas contingency operations, military weapons and technology, policy making at the Pentagon and military personnel issues. We advocate on behalf of rank-and-file service members and their families by asking tough questions of their leaders and aggressively holding to account those who break the rules.

    Candidates must live in Washington DC metro. 

    Core Responsibilities

    Smart aggregation of news content for Military Times’ digital audience
    Reporting and writing for longer news features and special projects;
    Headline writing
    Wire editing
    Video and photo editing; digital article enhancement;
    Other editorial duties as assigned.

 >Learning Life

  • Learning Lifeis an educational nonprofit in Washington D.C. that spreads learning in everyday life beyond school walls.  Learning Life’s primary program, the Citizen Diplomacy Initiative, engages lower-income American families, starting in Washington D.C.’s Ward 8, in live internet dialogues and project collaborations with lower-income families in other nations to nurture more caring and capable global citizens.   
  • ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP: Learning Life is now accepting resumes from interested metro D.C. graduate and undergraduate students interested in interning with our Citizen Diplomacy Initiative in Washington D.C.  Depending on each student’s interests and skills plus our organizational needs, interns assist with a variety of tasks including outreach to find families, volunteers and partners locally and abroad, implementation of live international dialogues and local learning activities, research and writing, photo and video, fundraising, document translation, and/or live language interpreting.
  • Interns must be able to commit eight hours per week, consisting of a 3-4 hour event on Saturday or Sunday in DC with our participating children and families (e.g., international dialogues, potlucks, field trips, learning games) and a 4-5 hour work meeting in DC with fellow interns and Learning Life’s Director, Paul Lachelier.
  • This opportunity is unpaid, but offers substantive, resume-building experience on an innovative international initiative, and a formal reference and/or recommendation letter upon request given satisfactory performance. 
  • THE INTERNS WE ARE LOOKING FOR: Applicants should be interested in international affairs, languages, education, and/or social justice.  Applicants should also be outgoing, organized, detail-oriented, motivated and punctual.  Native or fluent speakers of Arabic, Spanish or French are especially encouraged to apply.  Students who have lived in or have family in Washington D.C.’s Ward 8 (located east of the Anacostia River), and/or in Latin America, Africa, or the Middle East are also encouraged to apply.  Having a car is a strong plus, but not required. 
  • HOW TO APPLY: Email Dr. Lachelier directly at paul@learninglife.infowith your resume and times you are available in the next seven days for a phone interview.


  • NASA is opening five full time, paid internship positions starting early Jan 2018 in communications.
  • Thank you so much for recommending Peter, BTW.  He’s here and going full speed.
  • 2018 NASA Science Communications Internships:
    • Jan-May 2018
    • Paid Internships 
    • Must be in or between programs in school
    • Must work 40 hours / week
    • Apply now, selections soon

 >CCC + CCC Action:

  • The Center for Community Change is committed to help build powerful and dynamic movements in diverse communities to create meaningful change. With our grassroots partners, we build the power and capacity of low‐income people and communities of color to make significant policy changes in their lives.
  • Our focus areas include jobs and income, immigration, affordable housing, racial justice and barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated individuals.
  • For a more detailed description of our sister organization, please go herefor CCCAction.
  • Position Description: The Center for Community Change is looking for two fall interns on our Communications Team. One intern will be focused on learning from and providing general writing and research and administrative support for the Communication Team. The second intern will learn from and work alongside our Communications Team as we highlight our organization’s 50th We are looking for a student or part time professional with a passion for social justice, community organizing and multimedia storytelling. This is an opportunity to join a creative team of celebrated community leaders, steeped policy gurus, savvy media geeks and nimble tech wizards.
  • Key Responsibilities (with training and direction from Communications Team staff): Research key movements put into motion through the organization’s rich 50 year history. Help organize and maintain multimedia library of photos and archive footage. Develop an understanding of fair use rules and obtaining copyright clearances. Searching for and license music for video production. Digitize historic photos and newspaper clips. Log and transcribe interviews and broll. Assist in field production as needed/available to develop a working knowledge of production equipment, audio set-up and set dressing. Learn production workflows across Adobe Creative Cloud, project management tools, and shared servers. Strategize audience development/engagement plans across social media platforms.
  • Qualifications: Applicants should have Media Studies/Communications/Marketing/Film experience, preferably enrolled in a college or university program. Passion for social justice issues and community organizing. Commitment to the collaborative processes of production. Strong communications and organizational skills.
  • This position reports to: Deputy Director of Communications or Director of Content Strategy and Development
  • These internships are for the fall of 2017. Scheduling is flexible and determined based upon the intern’s availability and course/exam schedule.  A transportation stipend of $1500 for the entire internship is provided to offset commuting costs. The internship also can be used for academic credit in accordance with a curriculum specified by an institution of higher education.
  • This position is located in Washington, DC.
  • How to apply: Please click here to submit a cover letter sharing your personal interests, a resume, and writing samples. Applications without all required documents will not be considered.


>Ratcliff Thomas Foundation

  • Position: Grant Writer & Fundraising Strategist(pending post approval and
  • (4 P/T positions -Unpaid for Credit -  Can be done remotely)
  • The Ratcliff Thomas Foundation (RTF) seeking a Grant Writer & Fundraising Strategist to research, write proposals and develop fundraising strategies (including crowdsourcing and Combined Federal Campaigns) to help create more viable programs with solutions that will asist in youth development, their families and the communities in which they reside in Northern Virginia. We have completed our submission and have received grants from local organizations (SunTrust Mortgage, The Rotary Club, AT&T, Shoppers Food Warehouse, Simpson Real Estate Services, Nspire Networ, The United Way) to fund uniform shirts, the Alexandria City Football Camp, Wizards Basketball game outing, Free Back-to-School Haircuts and becoming a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Our work encourages youth to engage in team building, communication and conflict resolution activities. Additionally, we would like to be in a position where we can award college scholarships in the future and transportation to safely get our participants to games and excursions as a group. We are positive in the success of our program due to participation response, feedback from parents and various public school systems. This effort will aid in launching future crowdfunding campaigns. This proposal is a high priority for our foundation to peak interest in our cause so that we will utilize these networks to start our fundraising efforts prior to end of this tax year. 
  • The Ratcliff Thomas Foundation (RTF) is an all volunteer organization who are soliciting pro-bono hours from people that deeply believes that "Youth Lives Matter." Your contribution will prepare our chidren to become leaders of tomorrow with guidance byway of our "Mentoring Through Sports" initiative, life skills workshops and educational excursions. With your asistance, we will be able to accomplish our overall mission. As you know, your time is an asset to our organization and your professional portfolio. We have completed and submitted our application to OPM to participate in the Combined Federal Campaigns. In order to render more services to the youth and the community, we are developing a new website to bring awareness with a fresh professional look for our brand to establish visible online presence. In the course of existence since 2015, we have aquired devoted volunteers and supporters who will assist in seeing our mission through. Complementary to this, RTF has established social media presence to create awareness and donorship following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. We ask the volunteer to research and write fundraising campaigns that will engage our target audience to become involved and share their experience to help change someone else's life.
  • Organization's mission: RTF will leverage the priorities, enthusiasm, and leadership of the youth, with mentorship and supervision as required. In short, we will tap into the creativity of the youth and the leaders of the community to solve problems. RTF Elite Sports/Mentoring Program will lead the way with Community Outreach and other programs to closely follow. Coaches, volunteers and parents will serve as mentors in a structured family environment, teaching and skill development are key, as the courts and fields of play will serve as our classroom. However, this effort will take more patience and learning than just letting adults define and solve the problems. Volunteers (current & former professional and college athletes, business professionals and community leaders) participating in the organization must commit to providing guidance and sharing their life experiences. We must get back to the mind-set of “It takes a village to raise a child”.
  • HOW TO APPLY: Email us at telling us about your background and what your goals would be during an internship at RTF. You may include a resume with 3 professional references. Please include email and phone contact information.
  • Position: Business Administrative Coordinator of Athletics (3 P/T positions -Unpaid for Credit)
  • The Business Administrative Coordinator of Athletics reports to the CEO and Coordination Director & Public Affairs Liaison providing the office management and significant operational support for the overall organization. The Administrative Marketing Coordinator of Athletics will gain administrative experience while learning the intricacies of the operations within a youth sports nonprofit. This internship prepares someone interested in athletics administration by providing individuals hands-on experience. The Administrative Marketing Coordinator of Athletics expected to enthusiastically support the mission of the foundation and that of its participants, and is the first impression when visitors attend games, events and activities. Further, this person is expected to contribute to the overall atmosphere of RTF by establishing and maintaining positive, team-oriented working relationships with all members of the foundation, partners, and the community. This position is responsible for adhering to all policies and procedures.
  • Our physical location is Alexandria, Virginia, but we work out of home offices so this will be a work-from-home opportunity, with meetings in person (or via Skype) every other week to go over work and to set new assignments.
  • The Ratcliff Thomas Foundation is a member of the AAU and is committed to a well-balanced program promoting excellence in academics, athletics, and life.
  • DUTIES: General office responsibilities include, but not limited to: open, sort, and distribute incoming mail and process outgoing mail; answer and direct incoming calls and take messages; maintain department files; provide general correspondence/documents including letters, memos, reports, and form letters if needed; schedule appointments and maintain department calendars; reserve rental cars; order business cards for coaches, letterhead, envelopes and notecards. Assist in the coordination of special events (Hall of Fame, Outings, Team Banquets, Fundraisers, Galas etc..) when necessary. Manage all sports’ rosters within a database for organizational use of athletics roster information regularly. Managing Conference and Tournament databases – entering and updating sports rosters; coordinating schedule submission; submitting time-sensitive reports to the conferences/associations after correspondence with key members of the organization (CEO, Athletics Representative, Coaches, etc.) Manage annual student-athlete varsity letters earned at the completion of each sport’s season. Coordinate season records for varsity letters earned and team awards: Academic All-Conference, All-Conference and All-American, etc. Forward award info to RTF Coordinator for data entry. Maintain inventory of awards and order as necessary. Oversees operation of equipment and supervise the volunteer workers. Order office supplies, schedule maintenance and/or delivery of equipment as needed, arrange uniform pickup and distribution, as needed. Attend and participate in weekly athletics administration staff meetings. Assist CEO with education and annual compliance reporting. Coordinate fall pre-season sports’ early return information –meal and transportation needs – with RTF Staff. Work with Personal Assistant to maintain CEO’s personal and work calendars for time management, schedule appointments as needed. Coordinate mailings to student-athletes and parents as needed. Send out invitations for home sporting events to other institutions and interested parties. Manage all reservations for the athletics vehicle, as needed. Manage annual student-athlete varsity letters earned at the completion of each sport’s season. Coordinate season records for varsity letters earned and team awards: Academic All-Conference, All-Conference and All-American, etc. Forward award info to Registrar for data entry. Maintain inventory of awards and order as necessary. Using MS Access and Excel, extract data entered and print reports.
  • KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED: Prefer 2-3 years of office management experience. Strong knowledge of computer software and Excel software for word processing, mail merge, and spreadsheets. Familiarity with database management concepts. Must possess strong administrative skills, particularly accuracy and attention to detail; ability to work in a fast-paced and multi-task-oriented environment. Strong verbal and written communications and organizational skills. Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information and materials. Must have successful completion of criminal record check, driving record check, and reference checks in order to work with children. Ability to work flexible hours in Alexandria, Virginia. This is a volunteer opportunity provided by VolunteerMatch, in partnership with LinkedIn for Good
  • BENEFITS: Opportunity to stretch your skills and be a key player in a small organization. Enjoy a fun, flexible work environment where you can see the difference you are making every day. Develop relationships with athletic community locally and nationally, as appropriate. Gain additional skills/networking at applicable professional development seminars or other outside training events. Receive letter of recommendation from RTF after successful completion of internship. Internship is available for credit based on your institution’s guidelines.
  • HOW TO APPLY: Email us at telling us about your background and what your goals would be during an internship at RTF. You may include a resume with 3 professional references. Please include email and phone contact information.

 >Mason Art Exhibitions Internships (PR)

  • Contact Donald Russell, the University Curator and Director of the Provisions Research Center for Art and Social Change. His email is
  • Mason Art Exhibitions Internships afford undergraduates, graduates, and post graduates opportunities to learn or expand museum and curatorial practices through hands-on experience including exhibitions development, collections management, public relations, grant writing, graphic design for print and online publications, events management, and general arts administration on the Fairfax, Arlington and Manassas campuses.
  • Candidates must have a strong interest in visual art and possess excellent skills in networking, writing/speaking, content management, and research. Successful interns must be able to take responsibility for project assignments and to see them to completion.
  • Please submit your resume and a brief description of your career goals and interests to Arrangements can be made for course credit and financial support may be available through GMU Financial Aid and Students as Scholars.
  • The position you will want to apply for is called the Publicity and PR Assistant. The Publicity and PR Assistant will develop PR strategies for exhibitions and public programs. They will research, write, and distribute press releases and web/social media descriptions for exhibitions, public art projects, and lecture series. They will also enhance press contact lists, develop outreach to University community, pitch stories to the media via telephone and email, and develop/produce visitor surveys.
  • In addition to various exhibitions, we will be working on a major, campus-wide mural project, which will debut in April 2018.

 >Highlight Technologies, LLC

  • I have an internship opportunity and I would like your students to be the first to apply! I’m looking for a marketing intern with great writing skills, willing to learn, and very organized. Some major tasks include: organizing and updating addresses for the holiday cards, updating our marketing materials, and assisting me with planning the annual holiday party. This is a paid internship for sophomores or juniors.. The job will appear on HireMason soon, if it has not already. I will also provide a direct link to the job posting. 
  • A little bit about the company…Highlight Technologies, LLC is an award-winning, 8(a), woman-owned, ISO 9001, CMMI Level 2 small business that provides information technology, security, and program support services to federal agencies. By investing and supporting our employees, we can provide expert, professional results to our clients. We are located in Fairfax, VA.
  • A little bit about me…I recently graduated in May 2017 with a B.A. in communication and a minor in tourism and events management. I started as an intern in Fall 2016, stayed to be part-time in Spring 2017, and was offered a full-time position before graduation in May 2017.
  • Link to Apply: