Public Policy Communications/Social Media Internship

Catalyst Public Affairs is accepting online applications for a student internship position focused on public policy communications and social media management. Applicants must have junior standing, at a minimum.

Work schedule can be designed to accommodate academic class schedules; however, availability to work 15-20 hours per week is required.

This internship is designed to provide students hands-on opportunities to work in the public policy arena. The successful intern can expect an opportunity to build a network of contacts who can serve as advisors or mentors and a chance to develop a portfolio of digital and written communications material.


  • Produce and edit short-length videos
  • Social media monitoring and response
  • Write internal and external communications focused on a variety of public policy topics
  • Attend meetings with clients and government officials
  • Assist with planning and executing company and client events
  • Staff legislative hearings and support client reporting
  • Other duties, as assigned

This internship is offered from August 1, 2020 to June 15, 2021, with the possibility of a one-year extension beginning in August 2021.



  • College credits equivalent to two (2) years toward an undergraduate degree in Political Science, Journalism, Communications, Public Relations, English or a closely aligned field
  • Basic organization and prioritization skills
  • Basic time and project management skills
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills


  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Familiarity with public policy and/or the Nebraska Legislature
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud Design Tools
  • Knowledge of audio/video editing and graphic design

About the Organization: Catalyst Public Affairs is a full-service government relations and public affairs located in the Cornhusker Business Plaza in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. The firm was founded by former State Senator Tim Gay. Catalyst Public Affairs offers state and local government representation, government contract procurement, government business strategies, and regulatory compliance for an array of clients ranging from nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies. To learn more, visit our website at www.catalystnebraska.com.

Credit: College credit towards a major, minor or general elective may be earned. Student is responsible for providing all documentation needed to obtain credit.

Compensation: The Communications/Social Media Intern shall receive compensation in the form of $12/hour.

Interested applicants should submit their resume, a writing sample, three (3) references, and Gallup Top 5 Strengths if you have taken the StrengthsFinder Assessment.

Please submit all materials by July 1, 2020 to McCartney Martin at mmartin@catalystnebraska.com.


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