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Public Affairs Internships

The public affairs department promotes the AFT’s ideas, issues, and initiatives to the public through print and broadcast media. We also assist AFT state and local affiliates in doing likewise. Our goal is to educate the public and win its support for AFT’s work and positions of importance to our members. Some of the ways we carry out our mission include:

  • Providing interviews, information and contacts for the media;
  • Planning media events to promote a specific issue or initiative, including press conferences and briefings;
  • Developing story ideas and presenting them to reporters;
  • Generating media interest for AFT conferences;
  • Producing video and audiotapes on issues or AFT campaigns;
  • Writing and disseminating press releases, articles, op-eds, letters to the editor, talking points and user-friendly issue summaries;
  • Tracking news coverage of issues of interest to the AFT;
  • Producing the toll-free Learning Line for students and the Summer Learning Calendar.

Interns in the public affairs department receive exposure to the varied work performed by our staff and have a hand in much of it. Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to: gathering news articles to be included in the Daily Digest—a compilation of news clips about issues of importance to the AFT; assisting in the public promotion of the AFT’s biennial convention; and writing scripts for the Learning Line, the AFT’s toll-free service providing educational activities for children.

Candidates should have an avid interest in public education and the union’s role in education reform. Strong writing and communication skills are a must; educational or work experience in writing or journalism are preferred.

Application details for internships in this department are found on the main internship page.