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Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation

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About the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) is an educational and human rights nonprofit organization devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes.

VOC built the only memorial in the world dedicated to every single victim of communism. Located near the U.S. Capitol, the Victims of Communism Memorial was erected in 2007, and is a pilgrimage destination for thousands every year, from foreign heads of state and diplomats to student groups and those who fled communism for safety and freedom in the United States.

We don’t just care about the past. Our mission is to support dissidents and promote human rights, while educating Americans about the history, ideology, and legacy of communism. The Berlin Wall fell, but communism didn’t, and its legacy is very much with us. We envision a world free from the false hope of communism. We are an energetic team, and we are looking for interns who can add value from their first day onward.

We are currently accepting applications for the Summer 2018 Internship term. All Summer 2018 Internship applications are due no later than April 2, 2018.

 

Academic Programs Internship
We seek an Academic Programs intern to assist our Director of Academic Program’s mission to educate the public on the history, ideology, and legacy of communism. The intern will provide logistical support for VOC events, including our High School Teacher’s seminar in July, prepare campus kits for University education, transcribe speaker remarks, and assist in education research, writing, and publishing. Interns also have several opportunities to meet with policymakers, dissidents, and defectors.

The ideal candidate will communicate well, be able to represent VOC publicly with charisma and good judgment, and possess a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and dangers of collectivism. Strong writing skills are a must for this position, and fluency or reading proficiency in a foreign language is a plus. This internship is based in Washington, D.C.

Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and a 700-word writing sample to mariza.smajlaj@victimsofcommunism.org with the subject title “Academic Programs Internship.”

 

Communications Internship
We seek a Communications Intern to work with the communications team in promoting VOC’s work to the public. The intern will assist the Communications Team with press releases, media dispatches, and public relations activities at the discretion of the Communications Manager. Responsibilities will also include answering phones, monitoring all forms of social media, compiling our internal news source and press contact lists, designing creative content, assisting with print productions, creating talking points, and other office duties as assigned. Interns also have several opportunities to meet with policymakers, dissidents, and human rights activists.

The preferred applicant has a working knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Photoshop and is a college senior or junior working toward a college degree in a related field. Applicants must have a strong knowledge of all social media platforms, excellent verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to quickly synthesize complex information for public distribution. This internship is based in Alexandria, VA.

Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples (700 and 400 words) to mariza.smajlaj@victimsofcommunism.org with the subject title “Communications Internship.”

 

Development Internship
We seek a Development Intern to help grow our fundraising program and to show our stakeholders how their investment advances our mission. The Development Intern will learn the rudiments of nonprofit fundraising by assisting with donor communications, event planning and execution, and special projects. Daily tasks include answering phones, drafting donor correspondence, using constituent record management software, completing donor research, writing and publishing blog posts, and attending DC-area events. Interns also have several opportunities to meet with policymakers, dissidents, and human rights activists.

The ideal candidate will communicate well, be able to represent VOC publicly with charisma and good judgment, and possess a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and dangers of collectivism. Fundraising or sales experience is a plus. This internship is based in Washington, D.C.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and 700-word writing sample to mariza.smajlaj@victimsofcommunism.org with the subject title “Development Internship.”

 

Digital Development Internship
We seek a Digital Development Intern to assist in the managing VOC’s digital infrastructure. The intern will gain exposure to online fundraising, Google AdWords, HTML, email marketing, event registration, and digital content management. Tasks include but are not limited to answering phones, donor cultivation, email acquisition and solicitation, and donor communication. Interns also have several opportunities to meet with policymakers, dissidents, and human rights activists. This internship is based in Washington, DC.

The ideal candidate will communicate well, be able to represent VOC publicly with charisma and judgment, and possess a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and dangers of collectivism. The preferred applicant has a working knowledge of MailChimp and WordPress. All applicants must possess excellent verbal and written communication, attention to detail, and the ability to quickly synthesize complex information for public distribution.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and 700-word writing sample to mariza.smajlaj@victimsofcommunism.org with the subject title “Digital Development Internship.”

 

Government Relations Internship
We seek a Government Relations Intern to assist with our government and diplomatic relations. The Government Relations Intern will attend congressional hearings, draft memos, prepare member profiles, monitor bills, and help coordinate events, briefings, and meetings. The intern will cultivate relationships with congressional offices and demonstrate proficiency in summarizing legislative content. Daily tasks will include writing daily reports on Capitol Hill, White House, and the State Department for the GR team. The intern will also be responsible for answering phones, writing and publishing blog posts, and attending DC-area events. Interns also have several opportunities to meet with policymakers, dissidents, and human rights activists.

The ideal candidate will communicate well, be able to represent VOC publicly with charisma and judgment, and possess a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and dangers of collectivism. The ideal candidate will have a background in public policy, political science, or government affairs. Fluency in a foreign language is a plus. This internship is based in Washington, D.C.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (between 400 and 700 words) to mariza.smajlaj@victimsofcommunism.org with the subject title “Government Relations Internship.”

 

Research Internship
We seek a Research Intern to assist our Research and Publications team. The Research Intern will conduct in-depth research on topics related to the history and legacy of communism around the world, collect data, and draft reports and blog posts. The intern will also be responsible for summarizing news and analysis on current events, aid in preparing info sheets and briefings for staff, write and publish blog posts, report on events at DC-based think tanks and universities. Interns also have several opportunities to meet with policymakers, dissidents, and human rights activists.

The ideal candidate will communicate well, be able to represent VOC publicly with charisma and good judgment, and possess a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and dangers of collectivism. Strong writing skills are a must for this position, and fluency or reading proficiency in a foreign language is a plus. This internship is based in Washington, D.C.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (400-700 words, and 2500-4000 words) to mariza.smajlaj@victimsofcommunism.org with the title “Research Internship.”

 

Research Internship for the Office of the Executive Director
The Office of the Executive Director seeks a research intern for the Executive Director’s Office. The Research Intern will conduct research on topics related to the history and legacy of communism around the world, collect data, and draft reports and blog posts. The intern will be responsible for performing research and summarizing findings, compiling news and analysis on current events, aid in preparing info sheets and briefings for the Executive Director, attend DC-based events, and answer phones. Interns also have several opportunities to meet with policymakers, dissidents, and human rights activists.

The ideal candidate will communicate well, be able to represent VOC publicly with charisma and good judgment, and possess a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and dangers of collectivism. Strong writing skills are a must for this position, and fluency or reading proficiency in a foreign language is a plus. This internship is based in Alexandria, VA.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (400 and 700 words) to mariza.smajlaj@victimsofcommunism.org with the title “ Executive Director’s Office Internship.”