Senior Editor | Internet Policy Intern | Communications Intern 

Senior Editor — Washington, D.C., or Portland, Maine

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance is a national nonprofit research and advocacy organization working to reverse today’s extreme levels of concentrated corporate power and advance policies to rebuild the economic capacity of local communities. We use in-depth research, reporting, and data analysis to produce influential reports and articles. Our work uncovers the public policy decisions that have fueled concentration and shows how we can change the rules to create an equitable and democratic future. Our analysis is frequently featured in national news media and sought out by policymakers. We work closely with a broad range of allies to move these ideas and policies. 

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is looking for a Senior Editor to join a small team within ILSR focused on checking the power of monopolies, winning changes in federal antitrust policy, and leveling the playing field for local businesses. See the initiative homepage for the team’s recent work on Amazon, Walmart, dollar chains, and more. This position reports to the director of this initiative and can be based in Washington, D.C., or Portland, Maine. 


  • Editing and guiding the production of reports, articles, commentary, and other pieces produced by the program’s researchers, in coordination with the director. (35% of time)
  • Researching and writing compelling articles, reports, and other pieces.  (35%) 
  • Producing a regular newsletter and managing content for a section of ILSR’s website. (15%)
  • Supporting the program’s media and communications strategy, including developing article pitches, engaging with reporters, reaching key audiences, and expanding readership. (15%)


  • An exceptionally good writer with the ability to convey complex ideas in a clear and compelling way.
  • Scrupulously attentive to accuracy, detail, and nuance. 
  • Skilled at helping researchers and writers produce their best work. 
  • A strong analytical thinker who can identify the pivotal questions and gaps in a piece.
  • A skilled manager of time and details, with the ability to manage multiple short- and long-term projects simultaneously. 
  • Great interpersonal skills and a genuine enjoyment of collaboration.
  • Passionate about the ILSR’s mission of fighting corporate monopolies and building community power.


  • At least 4 years of experience in journalism, or writing and editing in a think tank, advocacy, academic, or related role (so long as your writing has been for a general audience). 
  • Strong knowledge of public policy processes. Expertise in antitrust or other relevant policy areas is a plus.
  • A bachelor’s degree. 

This position is full-time, based in Portland, Maine, or Washington, D.C. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Position includes 100% employer-paid health plan (you pay no premiums); generous vacation, holiday, and parental leave; and a retirement plan with a matching contribution. We are a dynamic and friendly team dedicated to making the world a better place. ILSR takes professional growth seriously.

Applications are welcome from a broad range of applicants. ILSR is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability. ILSR is committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are made without regard to age, race, color, religion or belief, gender identification, family or parental status. 


Please send a cover letter addressed to Stacy Mitchell, résumé, and two writing samples reflecting your original work to The cover letter should be no longer than 400 words and the writing samples no longer than 1,000 words each (excerpts of longer pieces are welcome). Please submit all of these materials as a single PDF.  The subject line of the email should say “Application for Senior Editor.” Applications will be accepted at least through August 20 and on a rolling basis after that date until the position is filled. Check ILSR’s website for updated information.

Internet and Broadband Policy Intern — Minneapolis, Minn.

You’re interested in Internet policy issues, but where the heck do you find an internship that allows you to focus on your passion? Do you want to help build more resilient economies and encourage a more vibrant democracy through smart Internet policy? Bonus: have fun while doing meaningful work.

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance seeks a part-time paid intern for its Community Broadband Networks program.

A Successful Candidate:

  • Is enthusiastic about technology policy and believes in balancing private interests with public interests
  • Writes compelling, well-researched and concise articles on a short deadline
  • Can juggle multiple tasks
  • Works independently and is good at managing their time
  • Is confident calling people to interview them over the phone
  • Is self-directed, efficient, and creative
  • Has a keen interest in economics and public policy

The Kinds of Things We Do:

  • We run – the hub of the community networks movement.
  • Create fact sheets, reports, videos, podcasts, and the occasional comic
  • Advise communities on ways to improve Internet access for businesses and residents
  • Educate the media and policymakers on Internet policy

Details at a Glance:

On-site Location
  • Paid 
  • Benefits
  • Flexible hours
  • Gain experience in the growing high tech public policy field

How to Apply:

Send an email to with Subject Line: Internet Policy Intern Application. Explain in 3 BRIEF paragraphs why you are the ideal intern. Attach a resume and writing sample (or relevant creative work). No calls.

Open until filled. Start date is September 9th.


Communications Assistant (Fall 2019 Internship) — Washington, D.C.

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance  is looking for a paid “Communications Assistant” intern who will be managed directly by the Communications Manager to implement and support ILSR’s communications plan in ILSR’s Washington D.C. office. The internship is available to undergraduate students, graduate students, and young professionals who can commit to 20 hours per week.

This  internship is paid $15/hour.

Term of internship: Mid September 2019 – Mid December 2019 (these terms are negotiable, given school schedule and/or other commitments).


  • Assist in marketing ILSR’s content on Facebook, Twitter, & email newsletters.
  • Assist in monitoring and maintaining ILSR’s social media accounts.
  • Market our podcasts and research podcast promotion strategies
  • Pull clips of news stories relating to our various initiatives for bi-weekly media roundups and sharing on social media.
  • Research contact information for media, organizations and individuals to further the work of our various initiatives.
  • Learn about the work of all of our initiatives and assist in brainstorming ways to improve media strategies with the Communications Manager.
  • Other projects as assigned.


  • Must demonstrate effective writing and speaking skills.
  • Excellent proofreading and editing skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Interest in learning from others on a variety of subjects.
  • Computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Drive required [Experience with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, or similar software is a plus but not required]
  • Passion for our work!


Please submit all materials listed below to Hibba Meraay ( by Monday, August 26, 2019.

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Professional References

ILSR is an Equal Opportunity Employer