Communications Internship- Books for Asia

Location: San Leandro
Program area: Books for Asia
Deadline: June 24, 2022

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region? You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation.

Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation’s Let’s Read initiative seeks a communications intern to participate in one of the most rapidly changing sectors today: the intersection of technology, education, and communication. The Internship includes opportunities to create polished external outreach materials and social media content, publish in the Foundation’s InAsia blog, and canvass social and behavior change communications campaigns strategies and providers. The Communications Intern position will be based out of our San Leandro, CA office (hybrid or remote) during the summer 2022 program period from June–to September 2022.

Let’s Read provides dynamic access to locally written and illustrated stories and impactful reading programs for children ages 3-19.  Since its launch in 2016, Let’s Read has grown rapidly to 16 countries and 51 languages. Our free digital library,, carries over 8,000 relatable storybooks, most created by writers and artists in Asia. In the last year, over 3.7 million books were read on the Let’s Read platform by nearly 350,000 users.

Scope of Work

Help raise the visibility of Books for Asia’s Let’s Read initiative and enhance the accessibility and appeal of the Let’s Read storybook digital library by:

    • Designing, drafting, and editing internal and external outreach materials to articulate Let’s Read’s approach, activities, and impact creatively, convincingly, and succinctly. For example program snapshots, country office one-pagers, digital banners for storybook collections, media releases, and more.
    • Support the creation of Let’s Read social media content, including both visual and copy elements, and contribute to messaging strategies.
    • Conduct research around Social and Behavior Change Communications campaigns including successful campaigns, lessons learned, and firms that can support such campaigns in priority Let’s Read countries.
    • Increasing the accessibility of the Let’s Read library for children with visual impairments by writing alternative image descriptions for storybooks.
    • Expanding Let’s Read’s “Listen and Learn” storybook collection with audio narration using their own voice. (Optional)


    • Polished external communications pieces, likely to include social media posts, media releases, program snapshots, country office one-pagers, blurbs for fundraising purposes, and other outreach materials – throughout the 12-week period
    • Creation of visual and copy elements for two consolidated series of social media posts highlighting Let’s Read’s work throughout the 12-week period.
    • Preliminary landscape study of Social and Behavior Change Communications campaigns and firms that could support the creation of campaigns in priority Let’s Read countries by Week 5
    •  InAsia blog highlighting a unique aspect of Let’s Read linked to a Foundation country or topic (optional) – by Week 11
    • Enhance the accessibility of Let’s Read storybooks with 50 audio narrations and/or written alternative image descriptions in English by Week 12

What you will learn

The Communications Intern will have the opportunity to participate in one of the most rapidly changing areas in development today: the intersection of technology, education, and information. The Intern will contribute to raising the visibility of The Asia Foundation’s Let’s Read initiative and to increasing adoption of the Let’s Read digital library across Asia and the Pacific.

Since Let’s Read is a regional program, the Intern will gain broad exposure to the Asia Foundation’s many programs and contexts and work closely with staff in the United States and across Asia. During their time with The Asia Foundation, the intern will hone their communication skills and produce tangible deliverables that leave a significant mark in raising Let’s Read’s visibility. The Intern will also learn about accessibility standards and how Let’s Read uses a combination of technology and human talent to enhance content for low-literate families and users with visual impairments.


The position for the Douglas K. Bereuter Program for Communications Interns in Asian Affairs is expected to be very competitive. We are seeking talented, high-energy individuals who will benefit from their affiliation with the Foundation and contribute to the organization as well.

Candidates must have the following: 

    • Received a post-graduate degree within the past two years. In addition, to be considered, a candidate must have completed and obtained this degree prior to the beginning of the program period. The summer 2022 program period is June – September 2022.
    • Completed graduate studies in Asia-related areas: international relations, international development, communications, public administration, public policy, law, political science, economics, women’s empowerment and/or sociology with work experience in Asia
    • Authorization to legally work in the United States without sponsorship
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Great organizational skills and experienced user of technology
    • Desirable is coursework or experience with communications and/or experience with new media strategies for different audiences.  
    • Desirable – experience using Photoshop, Illustrator, and/or InDesign.

Who are we looking for?

The ideal candidate is someone who is a well-organized, detail-oriented, and technologically-savvy self-starter. The candidate has demonstrated experience in project management and technical or grant- writing. The candidate is passionate about fund development for an international development organization and has the interpersonal and communications skills to work collaboratively with colleagues across a wide range of geographies in a multi-cultural environment.

Why work at The Asia Foundation?

 You will have the opportunity to help solve some of the toughest challenges in the development/aid sector. Address environmental problems in the region, improve access to legal information, enhance civil society, promote government engagement/collaboration, and encourage learning and awareness.

You will work in an innovative environment and build lasting relationships. The Asia Foundation, its donors, and its partners are unmatched throughout the region. This is an opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most accomplished leaders, influencers, and social entrepreneurs working in Asia today.

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The Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

No phone calls please.

This position offers medical, dental, and vision benefits.

**Must be legally eligible to work in the United States **

The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.