The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is a national nonprofit working to empower communities by striking at the roots of monopoly power and striving toward a vision of thriving, diverse, equitable communities. We use in-depth research, reporting, and data analysis to produce influential reports and articles. Our analyses are frequently featured in national news media and sought out by policymakers. We work closely with a broad range of local community leaders, elected officials, and a diverse coalition of allies to advance these ideas and policies.


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Communications Assistant (Summer 2021 Internship) 

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is a national nonprofit working to empower communities by striking at the roots of monopoly power and striving toward a vision of thriving, diverse, equitable communities. We use in-depth research, reporting, and data analysis to produce influential reports and articles. Our analyses are frequently featured in national news media and sought out by policymakers. We work closely with a broad range of local community leaders, elected officials, and a diverse coalition of allies to advance these ideas and policies.

ILSR is looking for a paid “Communications Assistant” intern to implement and support ILSR’s communications strategies. ILSR has offices in Minneapolis, Minn. and Washington, D.C., though this position is open to candidates anywhere in the U.S. The internship is available to undergraduate students, graduate students, and young professionals who can commit to 10-20 hours per week.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Communications Director and Communications Manager to market ILSR’s content on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and in email newsletters.
  • Research, develop, and implement creative strategies to promote ILSR’s podcasts and social media accounts. 
  • Monitor ILSR’s presence in the media in order to promote relevant news stories on social media. 
  • Research contact information for media, organizations, and individuals in order to further the work of our various initiatives.
  • Learn about the mission of ILSR and the work of all of our initiatives.
  • Other projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Effective writing and speaking skills.
  • Excellent proofreading and editing skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Workspace and interest in learning new computer/software skills. 
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Interest in learning from others on a variety of subjects.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience creating social media content. 
  • Interest or experience in podcast production. 
  • Experience with video editing. 
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Canva, or similar. 

How To Apply:

Please submit all materials listed below to Jessica Del Fiacco (delfiacco@ilsr.org) by June 21, 2021. 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Professional References

Compensation:

This internship is paid $15/hour.

Term of internship: July 6, 2021 – Mid-September 2021 (these terms are negotiable, given school schedule and/or other commitments, with the potential for this internship to be extended into the fall term).

ILSR welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, women, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, gender-nonconforming, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you’re excited about this position, but feel you don’t meet 100% of the requirements, please apply — it never hurts to try.


ILSR Legal Policy Externship Opportunity

Overview

ILSR Legal Policy externships qualify as pro bono work and hours are recognized towards meeting Bar admission requirements. If a candidate is uninterested in working towards satisfying their pro-bono requirement the position can also be offered as paid internships ($15 an hour) (please specify in your application).

ILSR Legal Policy externships are available year-round.

Our Summer Externships are typically full-time (40 hours a week for approximately eight weeks), although we have some flexibility as to hours and weeks.

Our Fall Externships are typically part-time (10-15 hours a week for approximately twelve weeks), although we have some flexibility as to hours and weeks. To be considered for an externship for Fall 2021, candidates must apply by June 26, 2021, and submit the materials listed below.

Please read the externships descriptions below carefully and indicate if you are applying for a paid internship.

We are now seeking highly-skilled, motivated, self-directed, and experienced ILSR Legal Policy externs for the Summer 2021 and Fall 2021. The externship provides an excellent opportunity to gain or enhance an understanding of the practice of antitrust laws both in the states and the federal level. Previous experience in, or knowledge of, the field of antitrust law is strongly preferred.

The extern will be supervised by our Legal Fellow, Shaoul Sussman, on assigned matters and will have numerous opportunities to learn about the practice of antitrust law in the public interest.

Required Materials: Cover Letter, Resume, and Writing Sample

The Extern Will:

  • Assist our team in our regular course of work, which includes review and analysis of national and state antitrust developments.
  • Conduct research into proposed antitrust legislation and regulation, study recent FTC decisions, draft memos in support of antitrust proceedings, analyze case law.
  • Conduct legal research and other support activities.
  • Work with Federal and State governmental organizations
  • Some limited administrative work should also be expected

Desired Competencies and Qualifications:

  • Excellent law school records, business, journalism, or economics undergrad background preferred.
  • Previous experience in the field of antitrust law and knowledge of other fields of corporate law preferred.
  • While research experience is always welcome, a desire to learn, a passion for antitrust law and policy, and enthusiasm for public interest work are most appreciated!
  • Excellent communication, attention to detail, and organizational skills.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume along with a writing sample, addressed to Shaoul Sussman at ssussman@ilsr.org.  The subject line of the email should include “ILSR Legal Policy Externship.”


ILSR is an Equal Opportunity Employer

ILSR is committed to providing employees with a welcoming work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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.