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Communications Intern, O-Lab


The Opportunity Lab (O-Lab) is an interdisciplinary research center addressing U.S. poverty and inequality through data-driven research. It is led by Professor Hilary Hoynes and generates high-quality, policy-relevant evidence across multiple domains, including race and the labor market, environmental policy, education, taxation, the social safety net, and health policy. This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated undergraduate who is interested in working on issues in US social and economic policy, communications and design, high-level policy research, and/or U.S. politics.



We are seeking a Communications Intern who can help O-Lab disseminate our research and policy impact. The position will work with O-Lab staff and faculty to develop and disseminate social media content, monitor press coverage, manage website operations, and generate policy briefs based on O-Lab faculty and graduate student research. We are looking for someone with demonstrated interest in poverty and inequality and/or social science more generally, and with the ability to comprehend and clearly explain academic work for a public audience. Strong writing skills, attention to detail, and time management will be critical in this position.



  • In coordination with the O-Lab Program Manager and the communications team, plan and develop a series of new policy and research materials focused on: specific O-Lab research projects; syntheses of research led by O-Lab faculty; visualization and “explainer” materials drawing on O-Lab research and related policies; spotlights of faculty and graduate students; overviews of research initiatives and portfolios; Q&As with faculty and/or graduate students; and commentary/opinion based on faculty research. (~25%)
  • Find and suggest content (and accompanying images) for quarterly newsletters and draft initial text for the newsletter. Handle the dissemination of the newsletter by formatting it and sending it out via Mailchimp. Upload all newsletters to the website.  (~15%)
  • Maintain all aspects of the website, including adding content to “O-Lab in the News;” keeping all events and graduate student pages up to date; updating faculty titles; creating new project pages; and uploading newsletters and research briefs. (~15%)
  • Oversee social media for the lab, including monitoring Twitter and drafting ~3-5 tweets per week. (~10%)
  • Assist with improving the quality and ease of navigation of the website through substantive suggestions and feedback on the user experience. (~5%)
  • Contribute substantive ideas for how we can push O-Lab’s communications in new directions through, for example: more use of video and/or dynamic graphics; better targeting of materials toward policy, media, and/or donor communities; use of new platforms to cultivate new partnerships and build name recognition. (~5%)
  • In coordination with the O-Lab Program Manager, develop and track meaningful metrics related to our various communications output and website traffic. Carefully track all O-Lab faculty and graduate research outputs to ensure our messaging is up to date with the latest research being produced. (~5%)

In addition to these core responsibilities, O-Lab interns may also assist with donor and foundation-oriented materials, including, for example:

  • Prospect research identifying donors and foundations that may be good fits for emerging research portfolios (~5%)
  • The development of short portfolio overviews and “glossies” describing aspirational research initiatives.These will be intended for a donor – rather than an academic or policy – audience. (~10%)
  • Assist with the development of concept notes and proposals, as needed. (~5%)



  • UC Berkeley undergraduate with a focus in public policy, economics, political science, sociology, international development, health policy, or a related field. Rising seniors are preferred, although rising juniors will also be considered.
  • Available to work 20+ hours/week through the summer and ~10 hour/week through the fall semester. Preference will be given to students who are also able to commit to the position through the spring 2023 semester, but it is not required.
  • Relevant communications experience and a demonstrated interest in research and/or policy-making. Advanced writing skills with precise, clear, and vibrant language.
  • Design skills and familiarity with InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, iMovie, WordPress, Buffer, and/or similar programs.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0


To Apply

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Submissions Deadline

May 06 2022 @ 12:00 am

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