Design and Communications Internships – Summer 2012

The Participatory Budgeting Project is looking for two interns for summer 2012 – see the ad below:

Design and Communications Internships

The Participatory Budgeting Project, Inc. (PBP), a non-profit organization based in New York City, is seeking part-time design and communications interns for summer 2012. Our mission is to empower community members to make informed, democratic, and fair decisions about public spending and revenue, by opening up public budgets to meaningful democratic participation. We work with elected officials, government agencies, and community groups in the US and Canada to set up participatory budgeting programs – public processes that let local people directly decide how to spend public money.
The two interns will work out of our New York or Chicago offices for at least 20 hours per week, starting in May or June and ending in August. The interns will work closely with other staff to develop materials and media that make complex policy issues accessible to diverse audiences. The internships are ideal for talented individuals eager to apply graphic design, social media, marketing, and communications skills to engage people in their communities and government.
Responsibilities for the design intern will include:
– design publicity materials and educational materials about participatory budgeting for diverse audiences, including brochures, info sheets, powerpoint presentations, guides, and posters
– contribute to website design
Responsibilities for the communications intern will include:
– prepare content for publicity materials, including brochures, powerpoint presentations, press releases, and website
– expand social media engagement and reach
– compile media coverage
– maintain and further develop contact database
The ideal candidates will have:
– a completed Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
– experience working with non-profit organizations
– strong skills working with Powerpoint, Word, GoogleDocs, Photoshop, InDesign, Mailchimp, or other relevant software and platforms
– strong communication and organizational skills
– interest in social justice and participatory democracy
We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, and LGBTQ individuals. To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and work sample (e.g. a brochure, flyer, powerpoint presentation) to by April 23rd. The internship is unpaid, though it may lead to paid work depending on the intern’s performance and available resources.
For more information, visit our website at