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Company: International Rescue Committee
New York
Job Status:  Not Specified
Ad Expires: 
January 16, 2013
Job ID: 1456138


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.


The Media Relations Intern will join a team that focuses on raising the visibility of the International Rescue Committee’s humanitarian aid programs, both international and domestic, and turning public attention to the organization’s priority issues.  The intern must have a genuine interest in the humanitarian aid world and in public relations.  S/he will support several ongoing or expanding outreach campaigns, as well as providing assistance on other media relations projects.  The internship will provide the opportunity to hone media relations and writing skills and support IRC efforts to generate coverage of its work.



  • Help generate media coverage for the IRC’s humanitarian aid work both domestically and around the world.
  • Help generate media coverage linked to the IRC’s Marketing campaigns, including “New Roots,” and “Rescue Gifts,” and IRC’s special events.
  • Update the IRC’s media database and build new targeted lists, for specific issues.
  • Support social media outreach, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and identifying reporters the communications team should be engaging on social media.
  • Research target outlets and markets for IRC stories & campaigns
  • Provide general media outreach support during emergencies


Learning Objectives

  • Successful candidate will gain experience working in a fast-paced environment where s/he will hone his/her writing & pitching skills along with his/her ability to multi-task and organize.
  • Successful candidate will hone his / her interpersonal skills working alongside the communications team, the broader external relations unit, and colleagues who work across the IRC’s programs worldwide.
  • Successful candidate will become familiar with key media database used by PR professionals and hone his/her research skills in targeting journalists and crafting stories to pitch.



The ideal candidate is graduate student or recent masters graduate in journalism or international relations or public relations.

  • Two years of experience working or interning for a media outlet or public relations firm or related freelance work.
  • A demonstrated ability to write polished, creative and compelling stories and other content.
  • Keen interest in and knowledge of mainstream media, social media and bloggers
  • Familiarity with international/humanitarian issues
  • Excellent oral communications skills
  • Innovative networking techniques
  • A creative, flexible and proactive nature
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of three days a week through the end of April, 2013.


Please note this is a part time unpaid internship.


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