Please read the team descriptions below. Based on the descriptions provided, please list your placement preference. Although we cannot guarantee a placement with your first choice, we do take it into consideration.
The Membership Team supports the needs of Truman’s diverse membership body, which spans across 16 Chapters nationwide and is divided into 3 cohorts: Security Fellows, Political Partners, and the Defense Council. Truman members advance Truman’s values through their myriad professional backgrounds and personal endeavors within the national security field, broadly defined. The Membership Team oversees our annual recruitment process for new members, facilitates member-driven events and programs, and fosters a sense of community among the 2000+ Truman members across the United States. Truman members represent the heart of the organization and all our efforts center around them, making the Membership Team’s work essential to Truman’s mission.
The ideal Membership intern:
- Consistently demonstrates a high level of professionalism while interacting with members
- Possesses strong writing skills
- Possesses well-developed interpersonal skills and is capable of handling strong personalities
- Has a positive, can-do attitude and works well as part of a team
- Is flexible, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize a variety of tasks
Membership interns will develop valuable skills as they help the department:
- Create and distribute weekly newsletters to Truman members
- Respond to member inquiries and requests
- Help plan and staff member-facing and public events
- Gather feedback and track membership data in Truman’s CRM system
Bonus skills, not required but helpful to mention:
- Experience in data management, customer service, or communications
- Excel, Google products, Canva, Greenhouse, Salesforce CRM and/or MarketingCloud
This internship reports to Elizabeth Spencer, Membership Manager.
The Programs Department plans, organizes, and hosts events and meetings on national security issues for policy experts within and outside the Truman community. You’ll help us plan events and programming, support Truman expert and affinity groups, work with our policy fellows, collaborate with development on major gifts and corporate giving, and produce written materials for events. Candidates should have strong writing skills, feel comfortable working on a team, and possess an interest in learning about programming and event planning.
Sample intern tasks:
- Research national security issues
- Create and organize materials for events
- Assist in planning events and programming
- Write and edit communications with members
- Track event metrics and analyze reports in Salesforce
This internship reports to Rachel Rizzo, Director of Programs.
The communications department connects Truman – and our broader community of policy, political, and national security experts – to the press and the public. You can see a slice of our work on our in-house blog The Doctrine, our three Twitter feeds, our three Facebook pages, the In the News andOperation Free blogs where we collect our press coverage, the UStream where we live-stream our policy events, and our directory of the in-house experts we place in publications and book on radio and TV. Interns are integral and essential to our team, getting immediate hands-on experience in a fast-paced, exciting operation.
The ideal Communications Team intern would:
- Have some experience with rapid-response writing, social media, media/press engagement, or blogging
- Write clearly and concisely
- Have strong editing skills/experience for improving member op-eds
- Work fast and meet short deadlines
- Be tech-savvy, think on your feet and solve problems independently
- Collaborate well with members of the WEST communications team, without close staff supervision
- Behave confidently on the phone and in person with members of the press
- Be enthusiastic, creative, and able to prioritize tasks.
- Be familiar with WordPress or similar programs
- Bonus skills, not required but helpful to mention:
- Graphic design, to create basic Facebook and Twitter graphics
- Photography or videography; video editing
- HTML, CSS, or database experience
- Some of these programs: Excel, Google products, Hootsuite, Salsa, Photoshop, Facebook, Twitter,Vocus, Meltwater, Canva, iMovie, Salesforce, Greenhouse
- Optional application attachments:
- Example of basic photography, photo editing, social media, or website skills
- Blogging/op-ed samples
- Links to social media accounts
This internship reports to Jessica Sarhan, Director of Communications.
Development interns support the Development Department, which is responsible for creating and implementing the fundraising strategy for one the best-run progressive organizations in America. You’ll help us in identifying potential individual, institutional, and corporate donors, planning fundraising trips and events in DC and nationwide, and e-communicating with current donors via our monthly newsletter. Candidates should have strong research skills, feel comfortable navigating databases, and possess an interest in learning about fundraising.
Sample intern tasks:
- Research prospective donors
- Create and organize materials for donor meetings
- Assist in planning fundraisers in DC and nationwide
- Write and edit donor communications, including our monthly newsletter
- Maintain accurate records in our donor database
- Track our organization’s qualitative metrics
This internship reports to Kayvan Chinichian, Director of Development.