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Communications & Programs Intern

Multiple | New York, NY | Internship

Job Description

Reboot is an innovation design agency dedicated to social justice. In partnership with leading organizations, we deliver policies and programs that make development more inclusive and government more accountable.

This internship offers a unique opportunity to learn about and contribute across programs, communications, advocacy, and business development units at a dynamic social enterprise. While everyone at our tightly-knit firm must feel comfortable wearing multiple hats, jumping in at short notice wherever help is needed, and occasionally taking on administrative and highly-detail oriented tasks, this is especially true of this position. It is important that you are comfortable taking direction from multiple people, but also have the ability to motivate yourself and work independently when needed. If you are a genuine team player, critical thinker, quick learner, and strong verbal and written communicator, please read on.

This is a paid internship based at our offices in Brooklyn, New York, starting as soon as May 1, 2018 and concluding at the end of September 2018. The commitment is 3 to 5 days per week, depending on availability.


Advocacy & Communications:

  • Contribute to editorial strategy, generate ideas, and support the creation of articles and blogs through background research and copy edits. Produce content for the monthly newsletter and draft news items.
  • Shape the development of Reboot’s digital strategy and manage Reboot’s social media presence through snappy daily updates and tweets.
  • Coordinate outreach to bloggers, journalists, academics, practitioners, policymakers, and other thought leaders to share our work with new audiences.
  • Scour the web for relevant articles, reports, academic publications, and events to share with the Reboot team and our social media networks.
  • Monitor analytics from our website, newsletter, and social media; create monthly reports analyzing reader engagement and strategic recommendations based on analysis.
  • Copyedit programs deliverables (reports, presentations) and proposals.


  • Support Reboot’s client engagements, with a particular emphasis on documentation, research synthesis, and analysis.
  • Conduct desk research using a variety of resources—white papers, case studies, project evaluations, articles, blogs, academic journals.
  • Participate in and document meetings, including project meetings, research interviews, and client calls.


  • Evaluate speaking requests and hunt for new events for Reboot to attend, assess the value potential events for internal decisionmaking, and develop ideas and pitches for potential speaking opportunities.
  • Manage Reboot’s event participation by liaising with coordinators on logistics and supporting team members in preparing talks and outreach.
  • Contribute to strategy and design of Reboot’s in-house events.

Business Development:

  • Take part in early-stage business development, helping the team assess upcoming opportunities, both formal and informal, to uncover and develop new relationships and business leads.
  • Support proposal development, along with the business development team, to turn Reboot’s approach and philosophy into impactful projects, through research, writing, formatting, and copy editing.
  • Support relationship and partnership development, helping to identify and assess new potential partners and conduct early engagement.


Above all, we’re looking for a whip-smart, enthusiastic team-player with great writing and research skills and a commitment to social justice. Also helpful: a sense of humor, comfort with ambiguity, appreciation of complexity, and enjoyment of cute office pups.

Beyond that, our ideal candidate has:

  • A Master’s degree, or commensurate years of experience in a relevant field.
  • Education and/or experience in international development, public policy, or governance. Knowledge of specific domains including open government, media development, social innovation, and public service delivery is a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. You must excel at and enjoy writing in all forms, and have a nuanced understanding of the need to adapt tone, voice, and message to channel and audience.
  • Experience conducting qualitative research. Experience and training in user-centered and design thinking methods is highly preferred.
  • A high degree of demonstrated professionalism, attention to detail, and client services orientation.
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and interest in intercultural collaboration.
  • Ability to work under tight time constraints, multitask, and adapt to frequently changing priorities.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English; knowledge of an additional language is preferred.

Reboot is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Reboot respects and values diversity. We are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination in the recruitment, retention, training, or development of employees on the basis of gender, gender identity or expression, race, national origin, religious belief, political opinion, age, or disability. Diversity of perspective and experience benefits our firm and helps us deliver our best work; we encourage qualified individuals from all backgrounds to apply.

To Apply

Please complete the application through the link below. Include your CV, a portfolio of relevant work samples (if you have one), and a 1-2 page cover letter that briefly summarizes your qualifications for and interest in this internship, and speaks to one of the following questions:

  • What public service is in need of redesign and why?
  • What are the common pitfalls of social innovation? Is there a way to avoid them?
  • What does international development need more of and why?

Only complete applications will be considered.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; priority will be given to those submitted by April 25, 2018.