Business Forward is a national business organization that helps more than 100,000 business leaders from across America brief senior Administration officials, members of Congress, mayors, and governors. Business Forward writes reports, conducts online programming, and holds in-person events, where business leaders have the opportunity to brief policymakers on the most important economic issues they face.

Business leaders who have participated in these briefings have seen their suggestions implemented in the Affordable Care Act, the JOBS Act, three trade agreements, and every one of the President’s budgets. Many have also shared their recommendations with their representatives in Congress and through op-eds and interviews with local media. We help them remain engaged with follow-up briefings, conference calls, webinars, and surveys.

As a communications and digital intern, you will work closely with the digital director in every facet of digital media: copy writing, social media, data, and design. You will also work closely with the communications director to share the perspectives of business leaders at the national and local level. You’ll be trained on the latest best practices and play a crucial role in our communications efforts. You will also conduct background research and work with other departments as needed.

Here’s what you’ll be doing:

  • Drafting media advisories, press releases, and briefing materials
  • Writing and loading content for website and email
  • Maintaining our database using Blue State Digital Tools
  • Supporting research efforts
  • Designing graphics for social media
  • Creating and updating press lists
  • Compiling daily news clips
  • Helping implement digital campaigns
  • Drafting blogs for the Business Forward website
  • Drafting op-eds and other commentaries for publication in
    national and local outlets
  • Pitching news stories and op-eds


We have two positions available, and we are looking for candidates with strong analytic, research, and writing skills. Experience with basic HTML, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and/or InDesign is preferred. An understanding of social media is a plus. The internship is located in our Washington, D.C. office, and is expected to be full or part time for the 2018 fall-winter semesters or beyond. The internship is approximately 16 weeks long.

This internship can be done for college credit or paid hourly.

Send cover letters and resumes to to be considered. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.