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Communications Assistant (Fall 2017 Internship) – Washington, D.C. Office

Hours per week: 30

Compensation: Paid

Stipend/Wage: $8-10/hr, depending on skills

Term: September 5th-December 21st, 2017.

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) 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 30 hours per week. This “Communications Assistant” internship is paid $8-10/hour, depending on skills and time commitment. Application materials are due Friday August 4th, 2017.

Term of internship: September 5th-December 21st, 2017 (these terms are negotiable, given school schedule and/or other commitments).

Please submit all materials listed below to Nick Stumo-Langer (


  • Assist in marketing ILSR’s content for Facebook, Twitter, & email newsletters.
  • Assist in monitoring and maintaining ILSR’s social media accounts.
  • Pull clips of news stories relating to our various initiatives for bi-weekly/weekly media roundups and sharing on social media.
  • Research contact information for organizations and individuals to further the work of our various initiatives.
  • Pull together monthly publicity highlights featuring ILSR staff members.
  • 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, knowledge of AP style.
  • Comfortable making cold calls to lawmakers and media outlets.
  • Ability to work independently, such as gathering contact information for distributions other projects.
  • 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 preferred.]
  • Excellent typing skills.
  • Access to computer preferred.
  • Passion for helping to build vibrant local communities.


We work to ensure that local communities thrive under a system of sustainable and equitable locally-based economies. We provide research, policy recommendations, and real-life stories of the power of local communities making decisions for themselves and their future. We do this work in the sectors of retail, banking, renewable energy, Internet networks and availability, recycling, and composting.

ILSR works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to provide them with innovative strategies and working models that support environmentally sound and equitable economic policies and community development.

Since 1974, ILSR has championed local self-reliance, a strategy that underscores the need for humanly scaled institutions and economies and the widest possible distribution of ownership.

[Read more on our work here –]



  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Professional References
  • Completed and Signed Google Form


Waste to Wealth Internships – Washington, D.C. Office

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance seeks qualified college and university students or graduates for academic year and summer internships to work on its Waste to Wealth Program.  Course credit may be available with approval from an academic department.

We are seeking interns for two projects:

  1. Composting for Community: We are looking for one or more interns to document model composting activities and policies around the country, and assist with regional efforts to expand composting and raise awareness of the benefits. (contact Linda Bilsens)
  2. Recycling, Economic Development, and Zero Waste:  Focus of internship will be documenting new recycling enterprise start ups, innovative collection and processing technologies, impact of national, state and regional Extended Producer Responsibility programs. (contact Neil Seldman)

Qualifications:  Graduate or undergraduate students [post junior year (summer) and seniors preferred].  Interest, knowledge, or experience in environmental, economic development issues.

Skills: Strong computer experience (Macintosh environment).  MS Word, spreadsheets, databases.  Website skills and desktop publishing a plus.  Excellent writing and communications skills.  Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.

Academic year interns:  Semester term, minimum 10 hours/week.

Summer interns:  Minimum term 2 months, 20 hours/week.

Stipends:  Stipends may be available depending on qualifications and time commitment.

Office hours are flexible.

The Institute’s staff are committed, congenial, and hard-working.  Relaxed work environment.  The office is accessible via public transit (Dupont Circle metro – red line).

To apply, email cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to or

ILSR is an Equal Opportunity Employer