NRECA Careers

Communications - Intern

Arlington, VA

Job Description

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), with offices in Arlington, VA and Lincoln, NE is the trade association for over 900 consumer-owned electric cooperatives serving more than 42 million people. NRECA is committed to harnessing the strength of America’s electric cooperatives into a single powerful voice. NRECA has won the following awards over the past few years:

  • Top Workplace by the Washington Post 
  • 100 Best Places to Work - ComputerWorld Magazine
  • 50 Best Places to Work - The Washingtonian
  • CARE Award Recipient - Recognizing organizations that promote a positive work-life balance
  • 50 Greatest places to Work - AARP
  • Best Place to Work Award Recipient - Lincoln, NE
  • Gold Well Workplace - Wellness Councils of America
  • State of NE Governor's Wellness Award - Grower Level

At NRECA, we work with people who are leaders in their fields. They are down-to-earth, hardworking professionals committed to helping our members serve their communities. Our work is interesting, constantly evolving, and requires new skills to meet the evolving needs of a dynamic industry. In this collegial, inclusive work environment, united around the compelling purpose and history of electric cooperatives, we thrive. And topping it off, NRECA cares about each person’s overall well-being, encouraging health, financial security, and a sustainable work/life balance. EEO/AA- M/F/Disability/Protected Veteran Status/Genetic Data


• Must be a rising junior or senior
• 3.0 or above GPA required
• Must be available to work May 14th through August 3rd
• Wage: $18.50 per hour

The member communications intern will support strategic communication projects designed to build closer relationships between NRECA and its member cooperatives, and between electric cooperatives and the end-use consumer-members they serve.  Primary assignments will include coordination and logistical support for long-term projects and writing/editing content for a variety of platforms and audiences. The intern will spend most of his/her time working with two NRECA employees, but may be called upon to assist any of the five professionals on the member communications team.

Purpose and Mission

Learning Objectives
The member communications intern will work on many different assignments, ranging from minor administrative requests to complex, high-priority department initiatives.

The three projects on which the intern will spend most of his/her time are:
• A multi-year program to create new communication, member service and employee education tools designed to help electric cooperatives build stronger relationships with consumer-members between the ages of 25 and 45.
• Planning and marketing the Spotlight On Excellence co-op communication awards program.
• NRECA’s Straight Talk service – A content bureau that publishes dozens of pieces of consumer-facing content each month, covering a wide range of energy-related topics such as efficiency, safety, home improvement, environmental issues, renewable energy, technology and national policy.

• Draft and edit written content of varying lengths and styles, such as:
o News stories
o Educational materials
o Marketing and promotional copy
o Memos and other business correspondence
o Talking points and scripts
o Social media content
o Reports and presentations
• Assist the member communications team as needed with reports, research, project tracking, scheduling, follow-up, note taking and other similar account service duties.
• Provide project coordination/support for a cross-departmental member engagement initiative.
• Assist in the marketing and administration of a national strategic communication awards program.
• Other duties as assigned


Requirements and Qualifications

• Preferred Degree Program: Communication, Public Relations, Journalism, Rhetoric, Marketing, Political Science, English (writing emphasis)
• Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
• Demonstrated ability to write in/for different styles, voices, audiences, mediums, lengths and occasions (through school work, previous internships, volunteer efforts, or self-directed creative expression)
• Meticulous attention to detail.
• A genuine desire to serve others and support the electric cooperative mission to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.
• Comfort engaging with NRECA members, staff and vendors on the telephone, in person and via email.
• Excellent account service skills, such as note taking, preparing meeting summaries and action item reports, scheduling, project tracking and reporting, deadline coordination, and responding to member requests.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office.
• Knowledge of Associated Press Style a plus

• Must be a rising junior or senior
• 3.0 or above GPA required
• Must be available to work May 14th through August 3rd
• Wage: $18.50 per hour