Communications Internship (2019)

San Francisco, California, United States Part-time

Common Sense ( is the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology. Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on Netflix, Comcast, DirecTV, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 100,000 member schools across the country use our ratings and free curricula and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, legislators, and a grassroots community of concerned parents and teachers to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.


Common Sense is seeking an all-star intern who can help our communications team over the summer. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to get practical experience in the communications and public relations world at a rapidly growing, national nonprofit. The ideal candidate will be a great team player who is detail-oriented and can work both collaboratively and independently.


LOCATION: San Francisco, CA



  • Join a communications team that serves our 150-employee organization and works on media relations, conferences and speaking, and event program and management .
  • Maintain press-contacts database and manage distribution of press materials using our PR system. Includes adding/deleting contacts, entering activities/notes/projects for contacts, segmenting/building lists for specific projects, and so on.
  • Maintain the Speaking and Events database to help organize disparate teams around event opportunities.
  • Compile and distribute the Daily Digest, a compilation of Common Sense coverage and industry articles.
  • Help draft media alerts, press releases, talking points, and other communications as needed.
  • Specific projects may include:
    • Assist communications specialist with fielding press requests.
    • Track and capture media placements in print and on television, radio, and the web, using various video-/audio-capture programs.
    • Maintain the press room on our website.
    • Update our press kit with the latest news.



  • Public relations, journalism, communications, English, or media studies majors preferred, or otherwise demonstrated interest in these subjects.
  • Prior knowledge of media management software (Meltwater, Cision, Vocus) a plus.
  • Detail-oriented and strong follow-through.
  • Strong teamwork skills; cooperative working style.
  • Flexible and responsive; able to perform in a dynamic work environment.



  • Upbeat and enthusiastic, with an authentic "can do" attitude.
  • Calm when meeting tough deadlines.
  • Highly organized.
  • Open to learning.
  • Dependable with a strong sense of urgency.
  • Passionate about the Common Sense mission.



  • Ideal start date: Orientation is Monday, June 17, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. On-site attendance is preferred.
  • Ideal end date: Friday, August 9, 2019.
  • Hours: ~15-20 hours/week.
  • Interns need to be available to attend a minimum of six weekly educational Lunch & Learns (there will be seven total). Lunch & Learns will be every Wednesday from 12 p.m.–1 p.m. (PST). On-site attendance is preferred.
  • We will work with your clinical or internship office for school credit if necessary.
  • This is a paid opportunity.


Common Sense values the diversity of its employees.