Communication, advocacy and developement internship

Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international NGO dedicated to fighting for press freedom globally, is seeking an intern for its Washington, DC office for fall 2023.

This opportunity is ideal for any current college students or recent graduates who are interested in learning about working in an international NGO or a nonprofit. RSF USA interns contribute to all facets of our work, including communications, advocacy and fundraising, and may have flexibility to tailor their activities to match their background or the practical experience they hope to gain. Specific responsibilities may include but are not limited to:


  • Support the drafting of op-eds, press releases, social media posts, and other written collateral
  • Monitor current events related to press freedom on a daily basis
  • Maintain a list of press contacts
  • Pitch stories and maintain relationships with reporters 
  • Attend and/or contribute to the planning and execution of press freedom-related events


  • Join advocacy meetings with Congressional representatives, federal government officials, and NGO partner organizations
  • Research legislation, court cases, and global press freedom movements
  • Identify potential partners and champions of RSF USA’s work within the government and learn best practices for building successful coalitions
  • Monitoring congressional hearings


  • Research prospective major donors and foundations
  • Track and acknowledge incoming donations
  • Draft correspondence related to RSF USA activities
  • Draft, edit and/or proofread foundation grant proposals and reports  

We will consider applications for both full-time (40 hours per week) and part-time (minimum 20 hours per week) interns for the 2023 fall term, from late August to mid December. This role operates in a hybrid office environment in Washington, DC, and requires consistent use of office equipment such as computer, telephone, printer and scanner. Full-time interns will be expected to work from the office 2 times per week, and part-time interns will be expected to work from the office 1-2 times per week. Interns are entitled to a monthly stipend of $600 for part time and $1,000 for full time.


  • Excellent written communication 
  • Detail-oriented and proactive
  • Interested in press freedom, international human rights, and/or mission-driven nonprofits
  • Media literate and an avid news consumer
  • Enrolled in college or a recent college graduate
  • Native-level English proficiency
  • French language skills not required, but a plus

Those interested in applying should email their resume and a list of 2-3 references, along with their anticipated fall availability, to Alicia Schapire at [email protected] by June 30, with the subject line “Intern Application - Fall 2023”. Cover letters are optional. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as resumes are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Reporters Without Borders is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, caste, national origin, citizenship, immigration status, veteran status, disability; or on any other basis prohibited by law.

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