The Institute for Free Speech (IFS), formerly the Center for Competitive Politics, is a nonpartisan organization that promotes and defends the First Amendment rights to freely speak, assemble, publish, and petition the government. The Institute is the nation’s largest organization dedicated solely to protecting First Amendment political rights. IFS has played a key role in every major pro-political free speech case decided by the Supreme Court since 2006.
Through litigation, policy analysis, original research, media outreach, and educational activities, the Institute informs the public of the benefits of freedom and dynamism in the area of political free speech and opposes McCain-Feingold style regulation of campaigns and other restrictions that limit the ability of citizens and groups to participate in the political process and support the candidates and causes of their choice.
The Institute for Free Speech is searching for a detail-oriented, intellectually curious, and driven Media Manager with strong writing skills, impeccable judgment, and media savvy to assist with various outward-facing initiatives in support of the Institute’s mission to promote and defend our First Amendment rights to free political speech, press, assembly, and petition.
The Media Manager will be in charge of compiling and distributing the organization’s signature Daily Media Update publication, an e-mail newsletter consisting of topical political speech-related stories and legal developments as well as notable commentary from various viewpoints that is distributed to hundreds of journalists, allies, and interested parties every weekday. The Media Manager will also be responsible for the content of the Institute’s social media posts and will have the opportunity to contribute significantly to the Institute’s catalog of commentary championing First Amendment speech freedoms. The combined nature of these duties positions the Media Manager as a front-facing member of the organization with an ability to build a considerable contact base. This role will be based at IFS’s headquarters in the Washington, D.C. area.
Candidates with interest in and/or experience with graphic design will have the opportunity to design the organization’s quarterly newsletter, infographics, and research publications. However, this skill set is not a prerequisite for applying.
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/.
Questions can be directed to Katy Ranville, Network Engagement Manager at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
The Institute for Free Speech’s First Amendment Fellowship allows recent law school graduates, judicial clerks, and mid-career attorneys the chance to gain practical experience litigating constitutional challenges. Fellows will work alongside the Institute’s attorneys to tackle all aspects of trial and appellate practice in cases challenging restrictions on Americans’ rights to freely speak, publish, assemble, and petition.
Fellowships are for one year, typically beginning each summer, and are intended to prepare attorneys for careers in constitutional advocacy. The fellowship is excellent preparation for a judicial clerkship, a career change, a public interest litigation career, academia, or private practice. It can also lead to a permanent position at the Institute for Free Speech.
Fellows are expected to work full time in our Alexandria, VA office, but other arrangements may be available to especially outstanding candidates.
A competitive salary and benefits are provided. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, three references, and a writing sample to Allen Dickerson, the Institute’s Legal Director, at email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
The Institute for Free Speech (IFS) seeks fall interns to aid our External Relations, Research, and Communications Departments.
Founded by former Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley A. Smith as a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, the Institute for Free Speech (formerly the Center for Competitive Politics) exists to inform the public through litigation, policy analysis, media outreach, and educational activities on the benefits of freedom and dynamism in the area of campaign finance and election law. We promote and defend the First Amendment political rights of speech, press, assembly, and petition and oppose McCain-Feingold style regulation of campaign funding and other restrictions that limit the ability of citizens to participate in the political process and support the candidates and causes of their choice.
Primarily, fall interns at the Institute for Free Speech will aid the External Relations Director and Research Director by:
Fall interns at IFS will also aid the Communications Director by:
Qualified candidates should have an interest in political science or election law and in defending the First Amendment. The most qualified candidates will have completed at least two years of undergraduate study.
Prospective interns should also have the following skills and experience: excellent writing skills, solid analytical ability and Internet research skills, familiarity with Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, and Excel, a detail-oriented personality, strong initiative, demonstrated resourcefulness, and a willingness to take on a variety of assignment types — working both independently and as part of a team. Candidates should be politically aware (though no specific political preference is required).
Full-time interns may receive a stipend, as conditions and professional experience warrant. All interns will receive a full travel stipend via Metro.
Qualified candidates should send the following to External Relations Director Matt Nese via e-mail in one combined PDF at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. A fall start date is flexible (preferably in early September).