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Working As A Policy Internship

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $81,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Policy Internship Do

Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They design media releases to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals. 

Duties

Public relations specialists typically do the following:

  • Write press releases and prepare information for the media
  • Respond to information requests from the media
  • Help clients communicate effectively with the public
  • Help maintain their organization's corporate image and identity
  • Draft speeches and arrange interviews for an organization’s top executives
  • Evaluate advertising and promotion programs to determine whether they are compatible with their organization’s public relations efforts
  • Evaluate public opinion of clients through social media

Public relations specialists, also called communications specialists and media specialists, handle an organization’s communication with the public, including consumers, investors, reporters, and other media specialists. In government, public relations specialists may be called press secretaries. In this setting, workers keep the public informed about the activities of government officials and agencies.

Public relations specialists draft press releases and contact people in the media who might print or broadcast their material. Many radio or television special reports, newspaper stories, and magazine articles start at the desks of public relations specialists. For example, a press release might describe a public issue, such as health, energy, or the environment, and what an organization does concerning that issue.

Press releases are increasingly being sent through the Internet and social media, in addition to publication through traditional media outlets. Public relations specialists are often in charge of monitoring and responding to social media questions and concerns.

Public relations specialists are different from advertisers in that they get their stories covered by media instead of purchasing ad space in publications and on television.

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How To Become A Policy Internship

Public relations specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Employers prefer candidates who have studied public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business.

Education

Public relations specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business. Through such programs, students produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates their ability to prospective employers.

Training

Entry-level workers typically begin by maintaining files of material about an organization’s activities, skimming and retaining relevant media articles, and assembling information for speeches and pamphlets. After gaining experience, public relations specialists begin to write news releases, speeches, articles for publication, or carry out public relations programs.

Other Experience

Internships at public relations firms or in the public relations departments of other businesses can be helpful in getting a job as a public relations specialist.

Some employers prefer candidates that have experience communicating with others through a school newspaper or a leadership position in school or in their community.

Important Qualities

Interpersonal skills. Public relations specialists deal with the public and the media regularly; therefore, they must be open and friendly to maintain a favorable image for their organization.

Organizational skills. Public relations specialists are often in charge of managing several events at the same time, requiring superior organizational skills.

Problem-solving skills. Public relations specialists sometimes must explain how a company or client is handling sensitive issues. They must use good judgment in what they report and how they report it.

Speaking skills. Public relations specialists regularly speak on behalf of their organization. When doing so, they must be able to clearly explain the organization’s position.

Writing skills. Public relations specialists must be able to write well-organized and clear press releases and speeches. They must be able to grasp the key messages they want to get across and write them in a short, succinct way to get the attention of busy readers or listeners.

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Policy Internship Career Paths

Policy Internship
Fellow Consultant Program Manager
Program Director
6 Yearsyrs
Fellow Consultant Office Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Fellow Consultant Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Law Clerk Attorney Owner
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Law Clerk Attorney Office Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Law Clerk Adjunct Professor Chairperson
Board Of Directors Member
8 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Executive Assistant Property Manager
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Team Leader Director
Chief Of Staff
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Lead Teacher Director
Founder And Director
6 Yearsyrs
Program Assistant Executive Assistant Event Manager
Director Of Special Events
5 Yearsyrs
Program Assistant Analyst Co-Founder
Founder And Executive Director
6 Yearsyrs
Program Assistant Editor Communications Manager
Communications Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Policy Analyst Program Manager Deputy Director
Director Of Public Affairs
7 Yearsyrs
Research Analyst Marketing Consultant Communications Manager
Community Relations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Research Analyst Writer And Editor Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Research Analyst Marketing Consultant Social Media Manager
Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Research Fellow Co-Founder Communications Director
Community Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Legal Assistant Marketing Coordinator Public Relations Specialist
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Development Coordinator Development Officer
Manager Of Special Events
5 Yearsyrs
Legislative Aide Press Secretary Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Policy Internship Demographics

Gender

Female

50.9%

Male

35.9%

Unknown

13.3%
Ethnicity

White

53.4%

Black or African American

14.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Asian

12.4%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.3%

French

15.8%

Chinese

6.4%

Mandarin

6.0%

Arabic

4.9%

German

4.3%

Portuguese

3.2%

Italian

3.1%

Russian

2.9%

Hindi

2.3%

Korean

1.7%

Urdu

1.5%

Japanese

1.4%

Hebrew

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Greek

0.9%

Polish

0.7%

Bengali

0.6%

Czech

0.6%
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Policy Internship Education

Schools

George Washington University

14.7%

American University

12.1%

Georgetown University

8.3%

Columbia University

6.0%

New York University

5.1%

University of California - Berkeley

4.9%

Johns Hopkins University

4.4%

Michigan State University

4.1%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.1%

University of Texas at Austin

4.1%

George Mason University

3.9%

Duke University

3.9%

University of Chicago

3.8%

Boston University

3.3%

University of Washington

3.1%

Arizona State University

2.9%

Texas A&M University

2.9%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

2.9%

University of Southern California

2.8%

Harvard University

2.8%
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Majors

Political Science

21.8%

Law

10.0%

Public Policy Analysis

7.5%

Economics

7.1%

Environmental Science

6.0%

Public Health

5.8%

International Relations

5.8%

Public Administration

4.2%

Business

3.9%

Social Work

3.8%

Finance

3.1%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Global Studies

3.1%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

2.6%

Urban Planning

2.3%

History

2.1%

Psychology

2.0%

Criminal Justice

2.0%

Area Studies

2.0%

Public Relations

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.4%

Masters

40.3%

Doctorate

9.3%

Other

6.5%

Certificate

2.0%

Associate

0.5%

Diploma

0.0%
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Top Skills for A Policy Internship

  1. Legislative Staff
  2. Congressional Hearings
  3. Policy Research
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  • Supported legislative staff attorneys by attending coalition meetings with allied Latino and civil rights partners as well as attended congressional hearings.
  • Prepared materials for congressional meetings and reports of conferences and congressional hearings related to preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy.
  • Collected information and data from various government websites and policy research institutes and responded to legislative or stakeholder queries.
  • Researched contemporary health policy issues, including cost of specialty pharmaceuticals and Medicaid expansion.
  • Assisted policy analysts with long-term research projects related to immigration, economic analysis, and retirement security.

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