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Impact Fellow
Washington, D.C.
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External Affairs and Public Relations Strategist Impact Fellow

Application closes on May 24th, 2023 at 12pm ET.

Washington D.C. – Full-Time [Hybrid]


The FAS Talent Hub is seeking a fellow for a 1 year term (with potential opportunity to extend) to join the Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) team within the Department of Energy. As an FAS Impact Fellow, you will acquire valuable knowledge and skills while developing and executing strategic communications, public relations campaigns, and community outreach activities. This enriching experience will allow you to contribute to raising the profile of CESER’s priorities and key initiatives, while broadening your understanding of the field.

Current federal employees are not eligible for this position.


Strategy and Campaigns

  • Identifying communication needs and developing a strategic external affairs framework, along with an aligned stakeholder strategy that will raise awareness of CESER priorities, programs, announcements, and funding opportunities with key internal and external audiences.
  • Planning and implementing public affairs and media relations campaigns in order to disseminate information about CESER’s mission, programs, and services.
  • Providing strategic advice to CESER’s Director of Strategic Communications, leadership team, and division staff on external stakeholder engagement and advancing CESER’s mission.
  • Developing and implementing CESER’s corporate stakeholder 

Communications and Public Affairs

  • Planning events and developing informational products to enhance CESER’s public image and inform internal and external audiences of its policies, programs, and initiatives. 
  • Researching, writing, and editing a wide variety of public affairs and informational products to increase awareness and understanding of CESER and DOE’s mission, including but not limited to news releases, digital content, reports, announcements, fact sheets, speeches, talking points, and more. 
  • Working with colleagues, specialists, and senior leadership to develop products that respond to crisis and emergency situations and may address controversial issues.
  • Coordinating, alongside DOE’s Public Affairs Office, relevant local, state, and federal media stakeholders to raise awareness for, and where applicable, place appropriate CESER staff in media engagements. 

Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach

  • Coordinating and maintaining outreach with a broad range of stakeholders in all levels of government, media, industry, and other sectors as necessary. 
  • Planning and executing on opportunities for CESER to engage these stakeholders through targeted conferences, events, sponsorships, and other activities.
  • Collecting and analyzing stakeholder input to ensure CESER’s activities are aligned with stakeholder needs and organizational priorities.
  • Developing relationships with local, community, state and federal legislators and representatives and supporting CESER’s Congressional program, working closely with the CESER’s legislative affairs lead. 
  • Establishing and maintaining constructive relationships with media representatives to facilitate understanding and support of CESER programs and policies.
  • Responding to requests and inquiries from the media, other government agencies and the public for information on CESER programs.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.


  • Experience in strategic communications, including but not limited to:
    • Developing an external engagement strategy and implementation plans
    • Monitoring, analyzing, developing, and disseminating effective messages to key audiences, especially for policy, energy, and environment issues;
    • Developing a wide range of products like press releases, reports, digital content, media advisories, talking points, fact sheets, and more; and
    • Building relationships with a variety of stakeholders in communities, governments, and media.
    • Experience in working with media stakeholders on press releases, media events, press pools, and television, radio, online, and print stories.
  • Experience developing communications products that cover complex, technical, or scientific material for public audiences.
  • Experience with project management, especially in fast-paced, rapid response environments. 
  • Ability to be flexible, respond quickly to current events, and deliver on communications products during crisis or emergency situations while maintaining attention to detail.


Unfortunately, FAS is unable to consider current federal employees for the FAS Impact Fellowship.


This fellowship will provide a stipend for the entirety of the fellowship duration at an annual rate of $155,700 per year. The Impact Fellow will receive an additional stipend of $20,600 to account for health expenses, as well as a $4,000 relocation stipend. Additional information about the Fellowship can be found in our FAQ.


In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis; the employer will not sponsor applicants for work visas.

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