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Frequently Asked Questions

What is American Forum and what do you do?
American Forum is a rapidly-expanding nonprofit, progressive media organization that functions as a clearinghouse for editorial opinion. Organized through individual Forums in 18 participating states which function as editorial boards, American Forum provides professionally prepared and easily-used materials to print and broadcast media seeking commentary from a state point of view. By tapping into the latent power of the media, the Forum gives prominent and authoritative proponents of progressive measures an audience in their own communities and greater access to modern means of communication, helping to educate the public and policy makers, and build support for progressive social change.

What is the environment/culture at American Forum?

  • Moderate to Fast Paced 
  • Mixed team/individual work  
  • Research/Policy Oriented AND Outreach/Advocacy Oriented
  • Professional but relaxed and friendly atmosphere

What is the most attractive part of American Forum internships?

  • Creative and advanced development of new ideas
  • Overseeing own projects and working independently as well as part of a team
  • Developing an understanding of politics and various policy issues facing society
  • Gaining detailed knowledge and insight about: how the media operates, project coordination and execution, nonprofit philanthropy, online trends and strategies
  • Interacting with a wide variety of activists, experts and professionals of the various issue as well as journalist
  • Membership and access to a variety of National Press Club services.

What characteristics or skills are we looking for in our interns?

  • Self-starter
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to multi-task and manage time
  • Good organizational skills
  • Attention to Detail

What are work hours?
American Forum full-time interns work Mon-Fri from 9:30 AM until 5:30PM. We do work around schedules as needed.

Are extended hours expected?
It is your responsibility to complete all assignments in a timely manner. American Forum does not require any intern to stay extra hours. We have had interns and volunteers who have done so as needed to help the staff but this is a personal decision.

How up-to-date is the technology?
American Forum is ahead of the curve in terms of technology. Creative and technology specialist are equipped with the latest software and hardware to ensure the Forum continues to give state groups a voice in the media.

Do you have reference and resource guide in the office?
We do have reports, manuals and reference books in the office. Additionally, as an American Forum intern, you will also have access to the National Press Club library, which will prove to be very useful.

How involved will I be with the daily workings of the organization?
Our interns are an integral part of our organization. We value the skills and knowledge our interns bring to our program. Thus unlike some internship placements, clerical work is not high on our list. We are looking for focused individuals who can enhance the Forum with his or her skills while learning from a 20 year-old media organization.

Who will be my supervisor?
Your supervisor will be determined by your project interest as outlined in the available internship positions.

Do I have a set list of duties during my internship?
Yes. Your duties are outline in the internship description and your supervisor will further outline your tasks. We also are looking for those who work as a team player and can take the initiative on various projects. The Forum works hard to accommodate any overlapping interests.



Intern Refelections

"The opportunity to see people that are often in the news and attend various press conferences has allowed me to learn more about journalism and the media in general."

"I enjoyed the freedom and responsibility I was given."

"Being able to take advantage of everything the National Press Club has to offer was almost like getting a mini paycheck."

"I enjoy coming to work every day."

"[Interns] are treated as co-workers and not 'interns'. Our input is taken seriously and we are entrusted with a great deal of responsibility."

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