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Communications Strategy Associate

Location: Washington, DC

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) is seeking a Communications Strategy Associate (Associate) to join our team. The Associate will be responsible for developing effective communication strategies to advance AYPF’s work, to build recognition and awareness of AYPF’s brand, and to reach new audiences that would benefit from our deep content and knowledge of education, workforce, and youth policy. The Associate has responsibilities for communications, social media, and other duties as described below.

Communications Responsibilities: The Associate will develop the overall communications strategies both for AYPF overall and for specific projects, with input from other staff as appropriate. This will entail developing a plan for assessing and refining our current communications and outreach strategies. Additionally, the Associate will work to disseminate different types of print, video, and web-based materials for specific projects, such as invitations to AYPF events, descriptions of events or publications, tweets, press releases, blogs, op-eds, infographics, and articles. The Associate will also create and send out press kits on AYPF publications and certain events. The Associate will be entrepreneurial and take initiative in identifying strategies to ensure placement of AYPF materials before key audiences and will tailor the medium and delivery to key audiences. The Associate will also be expected to develop infographics and use video to create compelling materials and incorporate a story-telling lens when appropriate. The Associate will provide technical support for Capitol Hill forums, discussion groups, webinars, and study tours, as needed.

Social Media Responsibilities: The Associate will be responsible for increasing AYPF’s presence on Twitter (and other social media platform, as needed) to increase visibility and build greater awareness of AYPF’s work and activities with new audiences. This will include developing tweets, with input from other staff as appropriate, posting them on a regular basis, engaging in live tweeting from AYPF events and events of key partners, monitoring other organizations’ events and work to tweet about, and building relationships with followers. The Associate will also track followers and provide regular reports to senior staff.

Other Duties: The Associate will work collaboratively with other staff to develop website content, edit and proofread content for style, accuracy, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and search engine friendliness, and select content and associated metadata tags. As a member of the Operations team, the Associate will participate on the team to redesign and update the AYPF website. The Associate will serve as a backup for webinar production and provide regular website usage reports in collaboration with the Database/Website Manager.

Qualified candidates will:

  • Have two-three years’ experience working in communications.
  • Have excellent writing, editing, and communication skills.
  • Have experience with a wide range of social and electronic media tools, including Twitter.
  • Have excellent organizational, time management, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Be entrepreneurial and creative in developing and marketing promotional materials.
  • Be able to prioritize work, multi-task, and work under deadlines.
  • Be attentive to detail and follow-up activities.
  • Be able to work independently.
  • Be proficient in MS Office Suite and HTML skills preferred.
  • Have experience with Google Analytics or other audience measurement tools.
  • Have a working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, including basic design and layout experience.
  • Be committed to the mission of AYPF.

The Communications Strategy Associate will report to the Deputy Director.

AYPF offers generous benefits and a small, congenial work environment near Dupont Circle. EOE/AA. Salary Range: Based on experience. Please upload resume, cover letter indicating salary requirements, writing sample, and complete list of three references in the form below.

We will only contact applicants selected for interviews.

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Internships at AYPF are substantive in nature, and interns are integral members of our team. Interns are expected to engage in a variety of activities, including researching and analyzing data, writing fact sheets and summaries, and planning and helping to run forums and briefings on Capitol Hill.  AYPF offers a variety of professional development opportunities, including participation in policy discussions and opportunities to learn about best practices in education and youth policy. In addition to working directly with our staff, interns benefit from ample opportunities to interact with our national network of leading researchers, practitioners, and policymakers by participating in meetings and events in Washington, DC. Interns at AYPF may be eligible for a stipend based on hours worked.

Spring 2018 Research/Policy Intern:

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Work with program staff to collect data for briefing papers, fact sheets, and publications.
  • Research promising practices to help identify potential programs to highlight in publications, forums, and study tours.
  • Track and analyze effective youth policies and practices in states and districts.
  • Assist with communications to key contacts on Capitol Hill.


  • Position requires an extremely organized, highly self-motivated, detail-oriented, and self-confident individual who can work effectively and independently. Candidates should have strong writing, research, and communication skills.
  • Experience using MS Office and Access database is a plus.
  • AYPF seeks undergraduate and graduate student interns with an interest in and commitment to improving the lives of youth.
  • An understanding of the nonprofit sector and a commitment to the mission and goals of AYPF
  • Ability to work at least 15-20 hours per week.

Please note that AYPF is now accepting applications for the Spring 2018 period. Our application process is rolling, and candidates selected for interviews will be contacted directly. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications, we cannot respond to inquiries individually.

This application process is rolling. Please include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two professional references. Please feel free to also include a professional portfolio with your application. When applying, please contact cdeeds@aypf.org. Please specify the title of the internship you are applying for in the subject line, and include your last name in the title of your resume document.

Here is what some of them have had to say about their experience at AYPF:

From my first day at AYPF, I immediately felt welcomed and valued as part of the team. The substantial work and collegial atmosphere gave me the support I needed to develop professionally and deepen my knowledge of education policy. The internship itself was very structured yet still allowed outlets for autonomy to explore and write about my own particular interests in education. AYPF interns also get to take full advantage of the opportunities and events in Washington, D.C. I highly recommend!

– A. Shachat – (Summer 2016 Intern)

The staff at AYPF is so warm and welcoming; they really make you feel like part of the team as well as open doors to experiences in the policy world. I would definitely recommend!

– J. D’Arminio – Cornell University (Spring 2008 Intern)

I have learned more about grants, office culture, organizational structure, strategic planning, and DC non-profit politics.  I have learned a great deal about juvenile justice, alternative education, No Child Left Behind, growth models, workforce development, and changing trends in education and how that affects economic opportunity.  Finally, I feel that this internship has shown me what, essentially, I like and how I can best do it.  I now know that I work better in a more active and structured atmosphere—I was not as successful researching independently as I thought I would be.”

– J. Jang – Wesleyan University (Summer 2006 Intern)

Congratulations on establishing such a positive, well-organized internship program and thank you for the opportunity to work at AYPF.  It was a truly enriching summer and I am leaving Washington with a lot of great take-aways and experiences.

– M. Luczak – Northwestern University (Summer 2010 Intern)


The networking and community building on each AYPF field trip strengthens the work we do for children.

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