Research & Analysis Fellow

Internships and Fellowships

Research & Analysis Internship/Fellowship (Paid)
Spring 2019

ReThink Media is a unique nonprofit organization focused on building the media and communications capacity of nonprofit think tanks, experts, and advocacy groups working toward a more constructive US foreign and national security policy, the protection of human and civil rights, and strengthening our democracy. The communities we serve include the foremost experts, leaders, and organizers in the fields of arms control and nonproliferation, conflict prevention, human and civil rights, and electoral and judicial reform.

ReThink Media’s paid Internship and Fellowship program provides talented undergraduate and graduate students (and recent students) with hands-on experience in the field of issue advocacy communications.


Are you interested in how the public thinks and how media coverage shapes public opinion? Do you want to get your hands dirty with polls and spend your time comparing sample sizes and question wording?

This is an evolving position that rewards commitment. For the first 1–2 months, you will mostly monitor, archive, and analyze public opinion polls. Once you master these tasks and they take up less of your time, the position will increasingly entail qualitative and quantitative analysis of media coverage, data visualization, and report writing.

You will work with the Director of Media and Opinion Analysis, the Research and Analysis Associate, and other members of the core team and collaborative (issue) staff. Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Daily monitoring of publicly available opinion polls, posting relevant polls to our website, and sharing important polls with ReThink staff;

  • Collecting and organizing polling data on an issue in preparation for a report;

  • Summarizing and analyzing public opinion data in a written “polling bulletin” on a specific set of issues;

  • Improving tagging and organization of public opinion and analysis data on our website;

  • Analyzing media coverage of a discrete time period to assess a community’s efforts around a particular story or event;

  • Creating charts and other data visualizations;

  • Researching the major players in a breaking story, the available polling on a new issue, or the available data for a potential project.

  • Carrying out qualitative analyses of the messaging or “framing” used by advocates and their opponents when speaking to or writing in the media;

  • Assisting in designing PowerPoint presentation decks;

  • Assisting in the writing of major research reports;

  • Participate in presentations of research findings to advocacy groups.  


Essential Skills and Qualifications

  • Ease with Word and PowerPoint (or another presentation application)

  • Ease with Excel and spreadsheets

  • Understanding of survey construction, focus groups, or other forms of quantitative or qualitative public opinion research

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Excellent research skills

Ideal candidates will be recent undergraduates or graduate students with research and analysis skills, an interest in advocacy work, and a commitment to one or more of the policy issues ReThink Media works on. We are looking to hire candidates in our Berkeley, CA office for our Spring 2019 program. Successful candidates may have the opportunity to extend the length of their position beyond the initial four-month term.


Hours and Compensation

This fellowship will be part-time, 20–30 hours per week, for a three-month term starting in May or June. The rate of compensation is $13.75 per hour for interns (undergraduates and those with a bachelor’s degree), and $15.75 per hour for fellows (current graduate students or those with an advanced degree). We are also open to working with students and professors to craft projects for credit.

Application instructions

To apply, send an email to [email protected], Subject: Analysis Fellowship. Please include your résumé and a cover letter that provides a brief summary of your background, the reasons you feel you would be good for the position, and the issue or skill areas you are most interested in. We strongly prefer receiving application materials in PDF.


The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship invites recent college and graduate school alumni to apply for six- to nine-month paid fellowships with NGOs in Washington, DC, including ReThink Media, focusing on arms control, peace, and international security issues. The fellowship program provides training as well as work experience these issue areas. See for complete details.


ReThink is committed to a just and equitable society wherein all people are treated equally, opportunity is justly distributed, and all voices are heard. We affirm and seek diversity in gender, race, color, ethnicity & national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), class, religion, ability, life experiences, and background as both a positive contribution to our organizational environment and a critical asset for informing and enabling our work. With this in mind, we are committed to maintaining a work environment that recognizes, understands, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of each member and we approach every hiring decision with a commitment to workplace diversity.

ReThink Media is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.