Project Code: STATE-USA-SCA-53

South and Central Asia Media Monitoring

Project Title South and Central Asia Media Monitoring
Project Summary Monitor and analyze traditional and social media in South and Central Asia. Compile a daily summary of regional news coverage to be read by top leadership and experts in the Department. Track official State Department comment in the news. Develop social media content.
Country United States
Agency Department of State
DoS Office SCA/PPD
Post N/A
Section N/A
Number of Interns 1
Project Description

The State Department's Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs seeks a detailed-oriented news junkie with an interest in foreign affairs to monitor U.S. and international news coverage of the countries of South and Central Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). The intern would be responsible for scanning the news every afternoon and selecting approximately 10 of the top articles on South and Central Asia from a range of sources and compiling them into an easily digestible format, to be sent out by 4:00 pm EST every work day. Our daily news clips are read by the top leadership and experts in the State Department and Ambassadors and staff at our Embassies around the world to help shape their understanding of breaking events and issues in the region.

The intern would also be responsible for tracking diplomatic and foreign correspondents' use of official State Department comments in their news coverage. Journalists frequently ask for a State Department spokesperson to comment on breaking news in the region, and understanding how the media frames official U.S. policy positions is critical to our understanding of the media narrative.

Periodically, interns would be called up to compile media reaction to a specific event or activity. Interns would also have the opportunity to analyze trends they are seeing and summarize their findings, which would be shared with policy makers in the Department.

Interns would be asked to track public statements from governments and leaders from South and Central Asia during media appearances, through press releases and spokespersons, and on social media, and compile in an easy-to-read format.

Finally, the intern would develop content for our social media platform by compiling an image database and drafting tweets for the Bureau's official Twitter account.

Required Skills or Interests
Analytical writing
Editing and proofreading
Political Analysis
Social media management
Additional Information

Interns would contribute to the work of the South and Central Asia Bureau's Press Team, a small, friendly ​group of Foreign Service Officers, Civil Servants, and contractors who support the Bureau's media outreach and work closely with journalists who follow our region. We directly support the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, and other Department leaders.