Strategy and Communications Intern

Washington D.C., DC, USA
negotiable Expires in 2 weeks



The International Programs division is responsible for the design and implementation of all international development programs managed by Save the Children USA. This includes public and institutional fundraising, project design, and program implementation.  The Strategy and Communications Intern for International Programs will have a role in supporting and designing the annual divisional strategy elevating our expertise and achievements, particularly communicating in networks most often used by our donors, partners, and other development professionals.

As an intern, you will have the opportunity to network with other Save the Children staff and volunteers, and participate in learning sessions about various topics spanning the breadth of Save the Children’s work. Through this experience, you will gain a greater understanding about how the international development community intersects with the private sector. You will also gain transferable skills that are applicable to a variety of roles, particularly in the non-profit industry, marketing, sales, and client services.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

This position will collaborate with international programs division to develop a consistent internal communications strategy, develop best practice recommendations for increasing the social media presence of our programmatic expertise and achievements, and provide support on the annual strategy process.  The intern will collaborate with staff across the division to elevate internal communications, and it will collaborate with Marketing, Communications, and Fundraising (MCF) staff to increase the visibility of technical programmatic work to a wider audience.


Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact

  • Partnering with the Chief of Staff, develop and support the execution of the annual strategic plan, including support on integrating direction from senior leaders into the plan and supporting work to operationalize the plan
  • Collaborate with IP Knowledge Management staff on a knowledge management system for strategy and communication documents on SaveNet (SharePoint based intranet), including data presentation, document libraries; optimizing user-friendliness
  • Develop content for social media channels that resonates with business partners and development professionals, and is consistent with our brand messaging.
  • Research and recommend best practices for social media and develop new social media strategies to increase brand recognition and affinity among business partners and development professionals

Required Qualifications

  • Must be an actively enrolled in an Associate, Bachelor, Master or other post high school education program, or have graduated within 6 months of intern program start date
  • Possess strong written skills, solid interpersonal skills and ability to work within a team
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Currently eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Please attach resume and cover letter to your application




Preferred Qualifications (remove, if not applicable)


  • This person should have a good understanding of social media and other communications strategies
  • This person should have a good understanding of international development networks and outlets.


What’s In It for You

  • Structured learning and development program
  • Meaningful work under the direct supervision of an experienced Save the Children staff member
  • Highly collaborative and innovative teams
  • Networking program with managers across the organization
  • Flexible schedule
  • A family friendly work environment
  • The knowledge that the work you are supporting is changing the lives of children all around the world


Classification:  Paid Intern

Part-time:        16-24 hours per week

Dates:  June 2, 2020 to August 7, 2020



Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.


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