Jobs and Internships

Current Job Openings:

Program Coordinator

Political Research Associates seeks a Program Coordinator with strong project management, research, and editorial/media skills to coordinate production of all of its print and web publications and to promote communication and dissemination of its research.

Political Research Associates (www.politicalresearch.org) is a progressive, social justice think tank that tracks and analyzes right-wing groups and campaigns to support the work of social justice groups and movements. Our research is used by organizers, advocates, journalists, academics, and policy makers to inform their work. PRA makes critical contributions to allies working on such issues as immigrant and racial justice, LGBTQ rights, reproductive justice, economic justice, and civil liberties. We collaborate with visionary social justice leaders behind the scenes, and publicly confront our collective opponents with hard-hitting investigations and communications campaigns. We publish regularly online produce a quarterly magazine, The Public Eye, and investigative reports on topics ranging from the global spread of U.S. culture wars and the Right’s campaign to redefine “religious liberty,” to attacks on reproductive justice and women’s rights at work.

Duties: The Program Coordinator plays a vital role in coordinating and assisting all of the research, editorial and communications departments at PRA. The Program Coordinator organizes and participates in internal staff and research team meetings; contributes to research and program planning; assists with research, editing, and communications; oversees fact-checking; coordinates production tasks and calendar for reports, magazine, and other editorial output; assists with planning and proposals for staff attending external conferences; and supports other communications efforts. The Coordinator is responsible for lay out of PRA’s quarterly magazine, The Public Eye.

The Program Coordinator should be excited about working with interns and helping them develop their skills. The coordinator also oversees the intern program, including screening and hiring interns, training new interns in fact-checking and proofreading, providing direct oversight so researchers and program staff receive the support they need, working with interns to develop and complete independent projects, and ensuring interns receive training and supervision for a successful experience.

Skills needed: Excellent writing, proofreading, and copyediting skills are a must, as are attention to detail and a high level of organization. Prior experience in either journalism, media, and/or research is preferred. The ideal candidate is able to juggle multiple projects and meet tough deadlines; is a team player; and a creative problem solver. The ideal candidate will also be aligned with PRA’s mission to advance social justice and come with a background working on related issues. They will have strong people skills and experience leading a team or supervising interns and/or volunteers. Familiarity with principles of layout and design, WordPress, Access, Photoshop, InDesign, and various social media platforms preferred.

Compensation & Hours: This is a full-time salaried position located in PRA’s Somerville, MA office. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes full health and dental benefits, vacation, and retirement contribution.

To apply please send a cover letter, resume, references, and two brief writing samples to Theresa Blackman at jobs@politicalresearch.org  by May 15. PRA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, LGBTQ persons, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Internships:

Fall 2015 intern positions are now open for applications!

Priority Deadline: July 1 (additional applications will be considered on a rolling basis).

PRA currently has openings for the following positions. All internships require a minimum 8-10 hour per week work commitment, with flexibility around class schedules. To apply, send a resume, two writing samples, and a cover letter detailing why you want to work at Political Research Associates to internships@politicalresearch.org.

Research and Editorial/Blogging Intern

Whether through its hard-hitting reports and investigative long-form writing, or its analytical, web-exclusive articles and insightful daily blog posts, Political Research Associates is committed to holding those on the Right who seek to undermine social justice and human rights accountable.  Our research and analysis helps inform the struggles of social justice advocates and works for a better, more just society.

Interested in joining our team?  Research and editorial interns will help in investigating a variety of right-wing movements and institutions, and in producing The Public Eye magazine. Research and editorial responsibilities may include: extensive web, library, or phone research; proofreading and fact checking; meeting and coordinating with researchers and analysts; and other assistance with design and layout of the magazine.  Additionally, interns  may also contribute original posts to the Eyes Right Blog and help keep the blog updated with daily content.

PRAs research areas span gender, racial, immigrant, and economic justice; civil liberties; education; and other areas under attack by the Right. For Summer 2014, we are looking for general interns interested in the Right Wing and social justice, as well as those with a focus on LGBTQ rights, reproductive justice, immigrant Rights, and racial and economic justice. We are also looking for interns with journalism backgrounds interested in contributing to writing and editing as well as research specific to magazine articles, conducting and transcribing interviews, and suggesting new features.

Qualifications: experience in journalism or research; excellent written communications, editing and proofreading skills; proficient in MS Word, Excel, and graphic related applications; detail-oriented; able to work on short and long-term projects; ability to work independently and as part of a team; interest in progressive activism.

Graphic Design Intern

The Graphic Design Intern’s primary responsibility will be to work with the Program Coordinator and the Editor-in-Chief of The Public Eye magazine to create the cover for the magazine, which is published in both print and online versions.  The intern may also help develop print and promotional materials for PRA events and other publications.  Qualifications: Solid knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite 6, especially Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign; a good design eye; creativity and originality; ability to work both collaboratively and independently.  Hours flexible. May be able to complete remotely, though in-office availability preferred.  To apply, please submit resume, three design samples, and a brief description of why you’re interested in the internship to internships@politicalresearch.org with “Graphic Design Intern” in the subject line.

Communications and Marketing Intern

The Communications and Marketing Intern reports directly to the Communications Director and plays an integral role in supporting PRA’s mission to advance social justice. Responsibilities may include: Contributing to marketing/digital strategy and best use of new website; Drafting press releases, email blasts, newsletters, and other materials; Supporting the development of media strategies and journalist outreach for promoting major releases/events; Contributing to social media, blog, and other editorial opportunities; Multimedia projects using layout, photo, audio, or video equipment; Supporting fundraising initiatives and helping integrate communications and development.

Qualifications: Excellent written communications, editing, and proofreading skills; proficiency with graphic design applications preferred; prior marketing and public relations experience; ability to multitask and handle short- and long-term projects; ability to work independently and part of a team; interest in progressive activism. Social media, journalism, blogging experience a plus.

(Looking for another way to volunteer? Email contact@politicalresearch.org and tell us how you’d like to support the work we do at PRA.)