Communications Intern

Director of Strategic Communications

Intern, Addiction and Public Policy Initiative

Post-Doc Fellow, The O’Neill-Lancet Commission on Racism and Structural Discrimination and Global Health

Program Coordinator, O’Neill Institute

Research Assistant, Global Health Policy and Politics Initiative

Senior Communications Manager, Center for Innovation in Global Health


Communications Intern

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center is a multidisciplinary group of faculty, fellows, and staff dedicated to discovering a more powerful and deeper understanding of the multiple ways in which law can be used to improve health. The O’Neill Institute hopes to encourage key decision-makers in the public, private, and civil society sectors to employ the law as a positive tool to enable individuals and populations in the United States and throughout the world to lead healthier lives.

The communications intern is a paid, part-time program. Students typically work 10-20 hours a week. Interns will primarily work virtually for the spring 2023 semester and will occasionally be expected to staff in-person events. They should be available during business hours in Eastern Time.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with O’Neill’s communications team to support and expand the institute’s communications activities, including digital content management, event support, email marketing, analytics, social media, and database work

Who Are We Looking For:

  • A current Georgetown student
  • Proficient in English
  • Strong communications skills, both oral and written
  • Detail-oriented and able to work well with little supervision
  • Skilled in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Google Suite
  • Proficiency in graphic design, audio, or video editing are a bonus

How to Apply:

To apply, please email your resume, cover letter, and writing sample with subject [Communications Intern_Last Name] to workatoneill@georgetown.edu.

Selected candidates will be contacted to schedule video conference interviews.

The O’Neill Institute will assist and coordinate necessary visa paperwork for candidates offered internships.


Director of Strategic Communications

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center seeks an energetic, motivated, and collaborative communications leader who thinks strategically, and executes flawlessly. This position will be responsible for coordinating all communications and outreach for the O’Neill Institute, and will serve as a liaison between institute initiatives, the institute’s academic programs and Institute management, creating strategic plans for programs, products and papers, providing insight and communications strategy and executing outreach to partners in media, both globally and domestically.

Primary Responsibilities:

Communications Strategy

  • Develop and implement, in coordination with institute directors and leadership committee, the O’Neill institute communications strategy.
  • Lead efforts to provide communications and marketing support to 30+ institute grants and other programmatic work. Serve as the first point of contact for initiatives seeking strategic communications guidance to help achieve communication goals.
  • Develop integrated marketing and communications strategies across multiple Initiatives that support both the institute’s goals and mission. Ensures longer-term strategic communications objectives translate into shorter-term tasks and establishes processes to ensure the efficiency and efficacy.
  • Work closely with executive director on integrating messaging among Initiatives in support of Institute-wide goals. Handle institute-wide communications projects and messaging efforts.
  • Advise leaders and staff on messaging and the development of communication strategies.
  • Identify new opportunities for more effectively publicizing and dissemination the O’Neill Institute, its expertise, and its work products, especially those who can influence the development or implantation of public health laws, regulations and policies.

Cross-Functional Strategy Implementation & Communications and Outreach Tasks

  • Develop, coordinate, and post content across social media, media, web, video, blog and podcast and A/V. Ensure plans are in place so that all functions are working in support of overall strategy.
  • Oversee a content calendar. Designing and deploying new communications tools and external relationships to reach new audiences at the national, state, and local levels while increasing the engagement of current audiences.
  • Help initiative and program directors, and others create crisp messages for a variety of audiences; help translate program work into clear and compelling messages.
  • Other responsibilities as needed, such as responsibility for annual report, and website redesign updates.

Contact and Relationship Management

  • Manage and update institute contacts database to produce effective external communication and email outreach campaigns.
  • Organize contact information and prioritize interaction with key media contacts to elevate institute’s work products and policy goals.
  • Establish and maintain the institute’s relationships with relevant reporters and communications staff at media and other outlets and nongovernment policy organizations.
  • Build key relationships with Georgetown Law Communications Team, as well as other cross-campus members to facilitate effective outreach between and among departments, schools, and external partners. Ensuring that research findings and publications meet the needs of the Institute’s target audiences, particularly health law policy-makers, as set forth in the Long-Range Plan.

Measurement and Evaluation

  • Set quantitative and qualitative metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of communications strategies.
  • Maintain and grow communications KPI dashboard to inform decision-making and progress toward Institute communications goals.

Who We Are Looking For?

Candidates must have:

  • Five to ten years of professional communications experience.
  • Some exposure to policy work.
  • A desire for continuous improvement.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, attention to detail.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Experience leading strategic communications in a large, mission-driven organization.
  • Knowledge and expertise in communications, journalism, media relations, digital strategy, and social media. Print and digital publishing, editing, and email marketing.
  • A proven ability to manage work across cross-functional teams, and with colleagues who don’t have a direct reporting line.
  • A strong work ethic, and an ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • A flexible work style, with an ability to pivot quickly from one project to another.
  • A positive, collaborative, proactive, forward-thinking mindset and strong organization skills.
  • Experience working with program and policy leaders to develop messaging and strategy.

Those candidates bringing the following will be given special consideration:

  • Experience bringing cohesion and message unity to a highly decentralized organizational structure.
  • Experience in health law or policy.
  • Bilingual language skills in Spanish and English preferred.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume with the email subject [Director of Strategic Communications (Your Last Name)] to workatoneill@georgetown.edu.


Intern, Addiction and Public Policy Initiative

The Addiction and Public Policy Initiative works to advance a public health approach to substance use disorders and the overdose epidemic through legal and policy strategies that promote evidence-based treatment and support recovery.

The initiative seeks law students and graduate students to work on research, publications and projects related to addiction and drug policy.

Work includes:

  • Conducting short-term advanced research projects
  • Policy writing on domestic legal and policy issues such as addiction treatment and incarceration, social determinants of addiction, and federal, state and local drug policies

The Addiction and Public Policy Initiative hosts full-time and part-time interns throughout the academic year and summer in paid positions using internal and external funding sources, as well as for course credit or to fulfill legal, medical, or graduate residency requirements. Interns can participate remotely or in-person in Washington, D.C.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist with research, publications, and projects related to addiction and drug policy

Who Are We Looking For:

  • A current law or graduate student
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills
  • Strong communications skills, both oral and written
  • Detail oriented and able to work well with little supervision
  • Skilled in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Google Suite
  • Interest and knowledge of state and federal legislative policymaking are encouraged to apply
  • Students with lived experience with addiction and recovery are encouraged to apply

How to Apply:

Fall and Spring Term

Please send a cover letter, short writing sample, and resume with email subject [APP Internship (Your Last Name)] to workatoneill@georgetown.edu. Please also indicate what term you are applying for in your cover letter.

Summer Term

Please apply for our Health Law Internship via our website.


Post-Doc Fellow, The O’Neill-Lancet Commission on Racism and Structural Discrimination and Global Health

Georgetown’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law is seeking post-doc fellow to work with the O’Neill-Lancet Commission on Racism and Structural Discrimination and Global Health (“The Commission”) and its Thematic Working Groups. Working with the Commission co-chairs and Secretariate staff, the post-doc fellow will play a significant role in providing technical support and guidance to the work of the Commission and its thematic working groups, achieving the mandate and objectives.

In this role, the post-doc fellow must possess an in-depth knowledge of the global community of actors and initiatives at the forefront of researching or working to address racism in global health, which includes, but is not limited to, international and national non-governmental organizations and other members of civil society, governmental institutions, members of academia, community activists including health care workers and human rights lawyers, and youth and indigenous led movements.

To be considered, applicants should have significant public policy, human rights, and public and/or global health experience, and excellent writing and analytical skills; and they must possess excellent negotiation and administration skills, and have experience working with high profile public figures. The ideal candidate would have knowledge and understanding of global health institutions, structures and processes, and of the impact of racism and structural discrimination on the right to health and service delivery and access to health services. The ideal candidate would also have an advanced degree in social sciences, public health or health policy, e.g., Ph.D., Masters in Public Health or Masters in Health Policy or a Masters in Health Law or Human Rights Law. The successful candidate should also have at least 7 years of experience and be comfortable working independently, and be detail oriented.

The post-doc fellow will use all of the above skills to act as critical support to the Commission and its Thematic Working Groups with connecting, and curating global knowledge, lessons and best practices on the impact of racism and structural discrimination in global health and access to health services. The post-doc fellow will provide background and reference document support to ensure the timely production of written reports, analysis and assessments by the Commission and its Thematic Working Groups

The post-doc fellow will provide guidance on literature and subject matter experts and will have the opportunity to produce original analysis of existing research to contribute to the commission, as well as supporting the co-chairs of the Commission and the chairs of the Thematic Working Groups in organizing meetings and convenings and will contribute to steering the strategic direction towards the realization of the goals of the Commission. The successful candidate will also be expected to travel internationally, when applicable, and in fulfilment of the goals and objectives of the Commission and its Thematic Working Groups.

The post-doc fellow will be an employee of the O’Neill Institute and will be based at the O’Neill Institute’s offices at Georgetown University’s Law School near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The post-doc fellow will receive a competitive salary with outstanding benefits.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to
workatoneill@georgetown.edu.


Program Coordinator, O’Neill Institute

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center is seeking a program coordinator to assist with administrative and project needs. In addition to enabling the smooth functioning of the Institute as a whole, the program coordinator provides additional support as needed to the institute’s various research Initiatives.

The program coordinator reports directly to the executive director and works out of the O’Neill Institute’s offices on the Georgetown University Law Center campus in Washington, D.C. This role receives a competitive salary and outstanding benefits; in addition, it is an opportunity to work with terrific colleagues. We invite you to join our team!

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assists project team with daily operations and administrative needs related to project work and overall Initiative goals; able to track and assist with managing many moving project pieces simultaneously.
  • Manages information, contacts and calendars to facilitate the institutes’ project work; uses judgment to troubleshoot logistical issues under supervision of executive director.
  • Facilitates communication between directors, project team, and external stakeholders.
  • Prepares and assembles documents, presentations, and other materials for various projects.
  • Responds to general inquiries about the O’Neill Institute.
  • Responsible for coordinating travel, events and meetings with a wide array of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Works closely with communications associate to publicize relevant events, publications, and pertinent information.
  • Coordinates with the communications team, as needed on upcoming events and marketing.
  • Assists with outreach, invitations, and event logistics for Initiative events.
  • Coordinates with the finance team, as needed to ensure smooth financial processes and transactions.
  • Reconciles ProCards and processes expense reports for executive director and other senior staff as needed.

Who Are We Looking For:

  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently with modest supervision.
  • Detail-oriented, with ability to manage competing priorities in multiple work streams.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team and to interact successfully with a variety of personalities.
  • Talent for managing information, contacts, calendars, booking travel, and meeting and event planning.
  • Experience as an executive assistant or in other support positions is a plus.
  • B.A. or B.S. (no specific major required).

How To Apply:

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume with the email subject [ONI Program Coordinator (Your Last Name)] to workatoneill@georgetown.edu.


Research Assistant, Global Health Policy and Politics Initiative

The O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center is seeking a research assistant to support HIV Policy Lab (www.hivpolicylab.org) work in the Global Health Policy and Politics (GHPP) team.

Primary Responsibilities:

The GHPP team is seeking a motivated, attention-oriented, graduate-level research assistant to support the O’Neill Institute’s HIV Policy Lab project. This role will support exciting, fast-paced work gathering and analyzing data on national HIV-related laws and policies around the world.

  • Provide support in interpreting and entering data on national HIV-related laws and policies
  • Provide support in sourcing policy documents, including primary and secondary sources, regarding national laws and policies for data entry
  • Providing research support, including generating fact sheets, annotated bibliographies and key actor maps, drafting memos and policy briefs, etc.
  • Perform other relevant tasks as necessary or assigned

Who Are We Looking For:

Required

  • Currently enrolled in a Georgetown University graduate or undergraduate program
  • Experience conducting research and policy tracking/analysis
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Interest in global public health and HIV-related laws and policies
  • Comfort with working independently

Preferred

  • Interest or experience in global health work (practical experience and/or coursework), including topics related to HIV
  • Experience working with civil society/NGOs
  • Experience developing communications strategies
  • Training/experience or interest in qualitative data analysis (e.g. content analysis)
  • Experience providing administrative and communications support (as described above)

How to Apply:

To apply, please send a resume (required) and cover letter (optional) with the email subject [RA HIVPL-Outreach (Your Last Name)] to workatoneill@georgetown.edu.


Senior Communications Manager, Center for Innovation in Global Health

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center, Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) seeks an energetic, motivated, and collaborative communications manager who thinks strategically, and executes flawlessly. This position will be responsible for providing editorial support to products written by center staff and its partners; coordinating all communications and outreach for the Center for Innovation in Global Health; serving as a liaison between institute initiatives, the institute’s academic programs, and institute management; creating strategic plans for programs, products and papers; providing insight and communications strategy; and executing outreach to partners in media. The senior communications manager will play a vital role in helping shape the Center for Innovation in Global Health’s work.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Generate ideas for written and multimedia products and provide technical advice on type of product and delivery channel, manage the development of annual reports, summary documents, grant proposals, and outreach materials.
  • Support Center staff in developing ideas for products and presentations on behalf of the Center and its projects, including but not limited to preparing testimony for hearings and briefings for policymakers.
  • Manage the center’s editorial calendar. Monitor email communications via MailChimp and CIGH website and make regular updates.
  • Support dissemination in a variety of mediums to share and promote the learnings of CIGH communication projects with relevant stakeholders.  
  • Liaise with communications colleagues in the O’Neill Institute and Georgetown Medical Center. Work closely with Center project management staff to liaise with partners on CIGH’s project communications, including in-country communication firm in Malawi.
  • Liaise with journals, media, and other stakeholders on the publication and dissemination of Center materials.
  • Propose ideas for public and private convenings at international conferences, and other fora. Manage convening logistics, including invite lists, presentation, multimedia, and catering, as well as resulting action items. Draft agenda, event reports, and Center remarks and presentations. Draft agenda, event reports, and Center remarks and presentation.

Who Are We Looking For:

  • At least eight years of professional experience with an advanced degree in communications, journalism, marketing, political science, public policy or a related field. Applicants with bachelor’s degrees and directly relevant work experience (e.g., Congress, federal agencies, INGOs) will also be considered.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills including online and social media content development, website content production and publication, and effective outreach to academic, nonprofit, government, and other policymaker audiences. Experience working in multicultural settings, particularly with Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Functional knowledge of the following communications tools: WordPress, MailChimp, G Suite, Facebook, and Twitter. 
  • Demonstrated experience translating project information into concise multimedia tools and policy briefs is highly desired, experience in organizing and implementing public and private convenings, including international conference satellites. Proven critical thinking/problem-solving skills and ability to grasp “big picture” concepts and granular complexities.
  • Experience with institutional communications, strong ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks with often overlapping deadlines while maintaining a high degree of thoroughness and accuracy and proven critical thinking/problem solving skills.
  • Highly flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances, capable of working independently and in a team environment.
  • Familiarity with global health issues is strongly preferred.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume with the email subject [Senior Communications Manager (Your Last Name)] to workatoneill@georgetown.edu.


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