Social Media Design and Communications Intern

  • Intern

Job Description

The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) is currently looking for two interns for the Fall 2024 semester to provide support to the Center’s small staff through various means. DPIC is looking for students interested in social media and data aggregation and analysis. A majority of the interns’ duties will fall into four general categories: data aggregation and analysis, ad hoc research projects, content drafting, and administrative tasks. Applicants should be detail-oriented and comfortable working with basic Excel.

The Fall 2024 Social Media Design and Communications Intern will be responsible for assisting DPIC’s staff in day-to-day operations and management of social media content across multiple platforms. This individual will be responsible for assisting in the planning, creating, and posting of content for various social platforms. The social media intern will also aid in tracking engagement analytics for social media and general media reach.

Applicants should have an interest in the Center’s work of serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment and be comfortable with a small office environment. Hours and schedule are flexible, but we prefer interns to work during normal work hours (M-F, 9-5pm ET). We are willing to work with your college or university for internship credit. Social Sciences, Communications, Criminal Justice/Criminology, Pre-Law, Data Analytics/Science, Computer Science, or Graphic Design (for Social Media Intern) other related field of study preferred. Start date and end date are flexible, but we hope interns would start in early September 2024 and finish in early December 2024. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply. If you have questions, please contact Hayley Bedard at

DPIC strongly encourages applications from historically disadvantaged groups, including formerly incarcerated people, Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and women.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist with the design and execution of social media posts; create compelling graphics on legal case studies and/or data related to capital punishment for social media posts (static posts, carousels, reels)
  • Track social media and general media engagement to identify high-performing topics and posts
  • Brainstorm and research ideas for original content
  • Basic research on relevant topics
  • Updating and creating website content
  • Short writing and research projects, as needed
  • Some administrative tasks



  • Graphic design (experience with Canva and/or Adobe InDesign/Illustrator)


  • Experience creating digital illustrations and/or animations (e.g. Procreate, After Effects) is desirable



  • Online research
  • Writing
  • Attention to detail
  • Time management