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Communications Intern - Corn Refiners Association

Washington, DC • Paid

The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, starches, advanced bioproducts, corn oil and feed products from dent corn.

CRA also administers the Plant Based Products Council (PBPC), an organization launched in 2019 that represents companies manufacturing or using non-food products and materials made from renewable, plant-based inputs.


CRA seeks a graduate or undergraduate-level intern to assist with communications, public relations, and media analysis. CRA values its interns and endeavors to provide a learning experience that advances their career development and professional network. Interns are treated as entry level professionals and assist with various projects. Successful applicants will be bright, highly motivated scholars with a strong interest and aptitude for communications and public relations.

The position will provide direct support to the Director of Communications in the areas of:

  • Implementing CRA’s communications goals

  • Tracking and monitoring media coverage related to CRA and CRA member company interests

  • Drafting and editing communications and advocacy materials

  • Assisting policy staff with various initiatives and special projects

Qualified candidates will have, or be working towards, an undergraduate or graduate degree in communications, journalism, public relations, or a related field of study. Additional qualifications include:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Exceptional organizational ability and attention to detail

  • Ability to prioritize multiple time-sensitive assignments

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

  • A genuine interest in advocacy communications


  • CRA has a hybrid work environment. Staff works remotely Monday and Friday and works in the office Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Certain weeks throughout the summer, including the entirety of August as well as the weeks of Memorial Day and the 4th of July, will be conducted fully remotely. You will need to have a personal computer, secure internet connection and a landline or cell phone.

  • The Internship Program at CRA is a paid position. If you would like to receive credit in addition to or in lieu of wages, please consult with your department head or academic advisor.

  • Internships are available on a year-round basis. The next opening is for the summer term; May – August 2024.

  • In general, we anticipate that interns will work full-time during their semester of employment at CRA. However, CRA is open to accepting candidates who would work less than full-time so they may take classes at a local university. This flexibility is intended to attract candidates from outside the DC-area who may want to take advantage of the many local learning opportunities available while interning at CRA. This arrangement also offers a flexible internship opportunity for students enrolled full-time at a DC-based institution.

  • No benefits are provided.


  • Interested applicants should email their cover letter, resume, cumulative GPA, three writing samples, and contact information for three references to using the subject line “RE: CRA Communications Intern”. No phone calls will be accepted.

  • At least one reference must be a current Professor or Academic Advisor familiar with your academic record. CRA will contact top candidates’ references directly.

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