Join Our Team

We don’t just care about the past. Our mission is to support dissidents and promote human rights today, while educating Americans about the history, ideology, and legacy of communism. 

We are a young, energetic team, and we are looking for interns who are able to contribute and ready to learn. Think you have what it takes?

 
 

opportunities

Research Fellow in Baltic Studies–Non-residential

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The ideal candidate for this non-residential, ten-month appointment will be a national from one of the Baltic states who holds a degree in economics, political economy, political science, history, or a related discipline (graduate education highly preferred); has a portfolio of well written research projects and/or papers in the area of 20th century or contemporary Baltic history, Baltic economic or national security policy, or Baltic-American relations; possesses a professional demeanor; and a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and dangers of collectivism. Furthermore, excellent English language skills (both written and verbal) are required.

Reporting directly to the Director of Academic Programs, Dr. Murray Bessette, and working with the Baltic Studies Program Manager, Naphtali Rivkin, the expectations for the position include producing research of significant length on an agreed upon subject relevant to the Foundation’s mission, full participation in the publication and promotion process, including public presentations and briefings in appropriate venues.

The position comes with a generous research support package, including support for conference related travel. Salary is competitive. Appointment at the Senior or Distinguished level is possible depending on qualifications.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, please contact our Director of Academic Programs, Dr. Murray Bessette, at murray.bessette@victimsofcommunism.org or 202-629-9500.

Communications Associate – Washington, D.C.

VOC is seeking a professional communications associate with experience in the field of audio-visual editing and production. The ideal candidate will be a recent college graduate with a portfolio of video projects that demonstrate knowledge of recording and editing software, equipment, and techniques. This position is an entry-level position, but it is also perfect for professional creative editors and producers who are looking to change fields and work on human rights issues in Washington DC.

Qualifications

An extensive portfolio of audio-visual projects, 1-2 years of experience in the field of media, PR, human rights, or film, and a Bachelor’s degree in film, graphic design, audio-visual production, or communications is preferred. 

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and their creative portfolio to naphtali.rivkin@victimsofcommunism.org with the subject title “Communications Associate.”

Government Relations Internship — Washington, D.C.

We seek a Government Relations intern to assist with our government and diplomatic relations. The Government Relations intern will attend congressional hearings, draft memos, prepare member profiles, monitor bills, and help coordinate events, briefings, and meetings. The intern will cultivate relationships with congressional offices and demonstrate proficiency in summarizing legislative content. Daily tasks will include writing daily reports on Capitol Hill, the White House, and the State Department for the GR team. The intern will also be responsible for answering phones, writing and publishing blog posts, and attending DC-area events. interns also have several opportunities to meet with policymakers, dissidents, and human rights activists.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will communicate well, be able to represent VOC publicly with charisma and judgment, and possess a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and dangers of collectivism. The ideal candidate will have a background in public policy, political science, or government affairs. Fluency in a foreign language is a plus. This internship is based in Washington, D.C.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (between 400 and 700 words) to mariza.smajlaj@victimsofcommunism.org with the subject title “Government Relations Internship.”

Development Internship — Washington, D.C.

We seek a Development intern to help grow our fundraising program and to show our stakeholders how their investment advances our mission. The Development Intern will learn the rudiments of nonprofit fundraising by assisting with donor communications, event planning and execution, and special projects. Daily tasks include answering phones, drafting donor correspondence, using constituent record management software, completing donor research, writing and publishing blog posts, and attending DC-area events. Interns also have several opportunities to meet with policymakers, dissidents, and human rights activists.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will communicate well, be able to represent VOC publicly with charisma and good judgment, and possess a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and dangers of collectivism. Fundraising or sales experience is a plus. This internship is based in Washington, D.C.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and 700-word writing sample to mariza.smajlaj@victimsofcommunism.org with the subject title “Development Internship.”

Senior Research Fellow in Polish Studies–Washington, D.C.

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation seeks candidates for the position of Senior Research Fellow in Polish Studies.

The research fellowship will be based in Washington, DC, where fellows will work in the Foundation offices together with Foundation staff. Fellows will report directly to the Director of Academic Programs, Dr. Murray Bessette. Fellows will be tasked with writing a report of significant length on an agreed upon subject relevant to the Foundation’s mission and to participate fully in the publication and promotion process, including public presentations and briefings to Congressmen, administrative officials, diplomatic delegations, and academic conferences as appropriate.

The ideal candidate for the position of Senior Research Fellow will be a scholar who holds an advanced degree in economics, political economy, political science, history, or a related discipline (doctorate preferred), or possesses equivalent professional or administrative experience; is an internationally recognized expert in the area of 20th century or contemporary Polish history, Polish economic or national security policy, or Polish-American relations; is able to represent Foundation judgment; possesses a professional demeanor and a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and dangers of collectivism. Furthermore, excellent English language skills (both written and verbal) are required.

Salary and benefits are competitive, including housing in Washington, DC and a generous research support package for research and conference related travel. Start date for all fellowships is September 2018.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, please contact our Director of Academic Programs, Dr. Murray Bessette, at murray.bessette@victimsofcommunism.org or 202-629-9500.

Research Fellow in Polish Studies–Washington, D.C.

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The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation seeks candidates for the position of Research Fellow in Polish Studies.

The research fellowship will be based in Washington, DC, where the fellow will work in the Foundation offices together with Foundation staff. Fellows will report directly to the Director of Academic Programs, Dr. Murray Bessette. Fellows will be tasked with writing a report of significant length on an agreed upon subject relevant to the Foundation’s mission and to participate fully in the publication and promotion process, including public presentations and briefings to Congressmen, administrative officials, diplomatic delegations, and academic conferences as appropriate.

The ideal candidate for the position of Research Fellow will be a scholar who holds a degree in economics, political economy, political science, history, or a related discipline (graduate education preferred); has a portfolio of well written research projects and/or papers in the area of 20th century or contemporary Polish history, Polish economic or national security policy, or Polish-American relations; is a fast-learner; is able to represent Foundation judgment; possesses a professional demeanor and a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and dangers of collectivism. Furthermore, excellent English language skills (both written and verbal) are required.

Salary and benefits are competitive, including housing in Washington, DC and a generous research support package for research and conference related travel. Start date for all fellowships is September 2018.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, please contact our Director of Academic Programs, Dr. Murray Bessette, at murray.bessette@victimsofcommunism.org or 202-629-9500.

 

Communications Internship — Alexandria, VA

We seek a Communications intern to work with the communications team in promoting VOC’s work to the public. The intern will assist the Communications Team with press releases, media dispatches, and public relations activities at the discretion of the Communications Manager. Responsibilities will also include answering phones, monitoring all forms of social media, compiling our internal news source and press contact lists, designing creative content, assisting with print productions, creating talking points, and other office duties as assigned. Interns also have several opportunities to meet with policymakers, dissidents, and human rights activists. 

Qualifications

The preferred applicant has a working knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Photoshop and is a college senior or junior working toward a college degree in a related field. Applicants must have a strong knowledge of all social media platforms, excellent verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to quickly synthesize complex information for public distribution. This internship is based in Alexandria, VA.

Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples (700 and 400 words) to mariza.smajlaj@victimsofcommunism.org with the subject title “Communications Internship."

Research Internship — Washington, D.C.

We seek a Research intern to assist our Research and Publications team and the Office of the Executive Director. The Research intern will conduct in-depth research on topics related to the history and legacy of communism around the world, collect data, and draft reports and blog posts. The intern will also be responsible for summarizing news and analysis on current events, aid in preparing info sheets and briefings for staff, write and publish blog posts, report on events at DC-based think tanks and universities. Interns also have several opportunities to meet with policymakers, dissidents, and human rights activists.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will communicate well, be able to represent VOC publicly with charisma and good judgment, and possess a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and dangers of collectivism. Strong writing skills are a must for this position, and fluency or reading proficiency in a foreign language is a plus. This internship is based in Washington, D.C.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (400-700 words, and 2500-4000 words) to mariza.smajlaj@victimsofcommunism.org with the title “Research Internship.”