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Intern at SDI

Fall internships are still available!

SDI has a robust and hands-on internship program and we are always seeking the best and brightest students to apply. With opportunities for interns to engage directly with the media on a daily basis, organize high-profile client events, and assist with integrated marketing and communications campaigns, our internship program provides invaluable experience to all those who have worked as a part of our team.

The issues and accounts interns support will vary. The primary accounts currently seeking intern assistance focus on veterans issues, military marketing, cultural/educational/historical institutions, public health concerns, regional businesses/corporate social responsibility, and real estate development.

Full and part time internships are available for highly motivated and talented students with an interest in public relations. Interns must be able to work from SDI’s offices at a minimum of two full days each week (9am – 6pm). Full time internships are Monday – Friday. Weekend internship hours and teleworking are not available.

SDI is happy to work with interns to receive credit for their internship, though we ask to review any school requirements in advance of giving approval. Limited paid internships are available for applicants with significant prior experience, and preference is given to applicants who have already earned a Bachelor’s Degree. SDI does offer interns who have graduated the opportunity to apply for full-time, junior staff positions, when available.

For the best chance of consideration, candidates for an internship should apply by:

March 1st for Summer
July 1st for Fall/Winter
November 10th for Spring

If you are interested in applying for an internship at SDI, please email the following to Dan Gregory,

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • 2 writing samples (if you have graphic design/photography/video editing or production capabilities, please provide examples)
  • Anticipated availability for the semester
  • If you require a paid internship or school credit

Read some of our past interns’ testimonials below.

Lyndsay Baker-Ireland Program Alumnae

We had the WIP 20th anniversary events over the past week and a huge amount of this year’s class were asking me about the placement there, they had done a lot of research on the firm and had their fingers crossed that they would be placed with you!

The Washington Ireland Program is having a huge impact on my life since I left, I am so continually inspired by everything that my classmates are doing in their lives and by what I have learned when in Washington. Your inspiration on managing networks as well as the values I learned in the firm on the importance of communications and PR are greatly appreciated. I don’t think I could ever thank you enough.

Matt Coombs

I have been exposed to more aspects of the PR industry and have gained so much valuable knowledge over the past several months than I ever thought possible, to which I owe to the entire team. To be honest it surpassed my expectations. I got to work on projects that most dream about, and I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to work for such a well respected firm.

I had the privilege of working on one project or another with almost all of the staff. I enjoyed getting a taste of everything SDI had to offer from the media to the events side right out of the gate in that first month. Working on almost every client during my time here really contributed to my experience, and I will take all the skills and invaluable SDI knowledge onto my next job.

A Week in the Life of an SDI Intern
Robyn Wethington

This week I continued to reach out to my publications media list on behalf of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. If you know that you’re helping a cause that serves the greater good, no matter how cliché it may sound, it makes your job rewarding. I feel worthwhile supporting FFB and can’t wait to see the print PSA I booked in Southern Living’s magazine December 10th.

Tuesday I reached out to Birmingham’s weekly and daily newspaper publications, pitching their inaugural Vision Walk, sponsored by FFB. Co-chairs Scott and Gina Smith, Birmingham natives, single-handedly brought the Vision Walk to Birmingham after their 9-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a retinal degenerative disease. Inspired by their proactive outreach, I wanted to generate as much communal backing as I could for their family and those benefiting from their sacrifice and efforts.

I also attended a Webinar I saw advertised on Twitter, which was put on by the PRNewswire: “Leveraging search engine optimization tactics to improve publicity results.” Keynote speakers included a representative from iCrossing and Frost & Sullivan. I typed up notes and presented cutaway points at Thursday’s media team meeting. Susan Davis International is great about welcoming outside ideas and I think they appreciate the initiative I showed.

Friday, I wrote my first press release for Sara. Giant Food had a successful “Stuff-A-Bus” event last week in Maryland. Collecting food for the holiday season, Maryland shoppers paired up with Giant to combat hunger. Together, they’re helping feed the needy this holiday by donating to the Maryland Food Bank as part of an outreach program and partnership with regional food banks. I wrote the press release to announce the success of the weekend-long food drive at two Maryland Giant store locations, while also bringing attention to the DC-area and Charleston initiatives coming up in future weeks through their similar “Stuff-A-Truck” fundraisers. It was a great wrap-up to my internship before Thanksgiving break.

I’m certainly thankful for the opportunity to intern with SDI. It was truly a blessing that opened my eyes to just how rewarding I find public relations. I continually grew and gained confidence thanks to Sara and Caroline’s gracious coaching. I’m excited to market myself with new skills I’ve honed working at Susan Davis International. It’s been a more than worthwhile experience, not only because I learned so much, but because I realize how much fun I truly have doing it. I’m in the right place and SDI gave me the confirmation I needed to know PR is the career for me.

Blog Post by Washington-Ireland Program Alumnae, Anya O’Connor

I spent the summer interning with Susan Davis International- a lobbying and PR firm located in central DC. It was the opportunity of a life-time. Throughout the 6 week internship I met with foreign ministers, attended embassy dinners and, most importantly, learned a lot about working in an ambitious, professional environment. Susan Davis, CEO of the company, was such an inspiring woman. Whilst managing a hugely successful firm, Susan also finds time to chair the board of Vital Voices, a NGO that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe. I came away with such an energy to strive for more in my academic studies and future career. Read more

Caroline Winston
Washington-Ireland Program 

Susan brought me to a Vital Voices event and I did an article for Vital Voices and I also got to meet one of the Kenyan leaders, which was great. I also had the opportunity to have a one-on-one meeting with Ambassador Bruton, EU ambassador to the US, which was great because he is also former Prime Minister of Ireland. I also went to a UN Development Program event on the Arab world. I can honestly say I had a great time at Susan Davis, it certainly exceeded my expectations!

Corina Notyce

I knew after I graduated from college that I wanted to pursue a prestigious internship in public relations. I found this opportunity in spades with Susan Davis International during the fall of 2008.

At SDI, I enhanced my abilities through hands-on experience. I worked on press kits, press releases, media pitching, media tracking, event coordination, and research. It was a great opportunity to translate the knowledge I learned in college into real-world experience.

Additionally, I always was part of the SDI team. I participated not only in internal work such as brainstorming sessions, but also interacted directly with clients.

In sum, my time at SDI helped me to develop my skills significantly and was an invaluable experience personally and professionally.

Ruben Henriquez

I’ve had a handful of internships and job experiences, but none have come close to my time on the media team at Susan Davis International.

At other organizations, I was stuck at a desk reading editorials hours on end. At SDI, I participated in client meetings, and often provided a different perspective. I pitched journalists from some of the biggest newspapers in the country, and at special internal meetings, I was given the opportunity to express my own ideas directly to the firm’s President and Executive Vice President. I also was counted on to delve into the world of new media, where I researched and provided recommendations on e-mail marketing and search engine optimization.

SDI is an organization that interacts with and values its interns; each intern is truly part of SDI the team. The staff recognizes your abilities and brings out the best in you. If given the opportunity to intern here, you’ll be able to take charge and make a real contribution.

Maria McLoughlin
Washington-Ireland Program

I undertook an internship at Susan Davis International as part of the agency’s Irish-American internship program.

My time there was invaluable and inspiring. I had the pleasure of working alongside a fantastic group of people, who accommodated me as much as possible and immersed me in a real PR environment. I worked on many different projects and learned many different aspects of the field. As a result, not only did my knowledge and experience increase significantly, but I also enjoyed myself thoroughly.

I highly recommend SDI for anyone– and not just us Irish folk– considering a career in PR.