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Current Opportunities

Hilltop Public Solutions – Paid Spring Internship 

Hilltop Public Solutions is a Democratic political consulting and public affairs firm with offices around the country. The firm provides a wide array of strategic communications, campaign management, and advocacy services to clients ranging from statewide political candidates to national unions to Fortune 500 companies. Hilltop’s particular specialties include grasstops campaigns and coalition management, helping clients bring together a wide array of powerful voices to advance their agenda at city hall, in the statehouse, or on Capitol Hill. Hilltop has developed a powerful reputation as a firm that can deliver results for candidates and organizations in the most challenging campaigns.

The Hilltop internship experience is unlike many others in Washington. Working at Hilltop goes well beyond answering phones and making copies. While such tasks are part of the job, interns are an integral part of the Hilltop team. Interns provide much of the research and writing support that allows Hilltop staff to attract new business and develop strategy on behalf of clients. On a typical day, a Hilltop intern may be asked to research and write a briefing memo on upcoming attorneys general races around the country, find background information for a client meeting, or draft an op- ed on behalf of a coalition Hilltop manages. Hilltop’s interns have the opportunity to work on some of the most exciting policy and political campaigns, develop strong research and analysis skills, and build lasting connections to some of Washington’s leading political minds.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Excellent writing & research skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Knowledge of politics & the policy process
  • Demonstrated interest in advancing progressive causes
  • Professional phone manner & customer service skills
  • Juniors, seniors or grad students preferred

How to Apply:
To apply, please submit your resumé and writing sample through this application link. Qualified candidates will be contacted about the next steps. Please no phone calls or email inquiries.

Partnership for Public Service – Spring Internships

This Spring 2020, Partnership for Public Service will be offering multiple paid internships in a range of professional disciplines to exceptional undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates. The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that strives for a more effective government for the American people. Interns will have the chance to grow personally and professionally, including by:

  • Developing valuable professional skills in event planning and execution, research, writing and outreach.
  • Working with external partners, including federal agencies and corporate sponsors.
  • Gaining experience in a fast-paced, mission-driven, collaborative, respectful, and inclusive workplace.

Applications are due Friday, November 1, 2019. For more information and to apply click here. 

Politico Journalism Institute

POLITICO Journalism Institute (PJI), is an educational initiative focused on advancing newsroom diversity in the nation’s capital. The intensive 10-day program for college and graduate students offers hands-on training for students interested in being a part of the largest politics- and policy-focused newsroom in America. The seventh session, which will be held May 26 to June 5, 2020, offers a unique opportunity for students to sharpen their skills and report for POLITICO during the 2020 election cycle. Deadline to apply is January 6, 2020. Click here to apply.

MediaDC – Public Relations Manager

MediaDC is the publisher of the Washington Examiner. We’ve assembled teams of world-class journalists in the nation’s capital to inform and enlighten readers and the people who make policy and practice politics at the state and national levels. MediaDC seeks a highly motivated and experienced Public Relations Manager to join our DC office. Candidates must have prior experience in producing or guest booking in television news. The Public Relations Manager must have proven ability to identify news, oversee editorial bookings, and write pitches to send out to network bookers.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 3-5 years of television news experience (i.e. morning shows, cable shows, etc.)
  • Pitch stories to both national and local media to achieve highest visibility in television, radio, video, and podcasting.
  • Ability to recognize stories with high potential and be proactive about creating pitches
  • Existing relationships with bookers and producers
  • Thorough knowledge of current events
  • Strong writing skills
  • Identify media trends, news cycles and spin opportunities
  • Work with PR team on maintaining and updating press database and research new press leads
  • Assist Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Branding with press strategies and day-to-day public relations duties

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Alex Rosenwald at

The Office of External Affairs (OEA) of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution and mobilizes private sector capital to address pressing global development challenges. OEA houses the agency’s Communications & Public Affairs and Legislative Affairs Teams. The OEA is currently seeking a Spring 2020 intern. 

The applicant should be an undergrad student pursuing a degree in government, foreign policy, international development, finance, or a related field, and have an interest in either communications/public affairs or legislative affairs.

Typically, OEA interns assist in supporting OPIC public affairs activities through research projects, conducting outreach to press, drafting and editing OPIC promotional materials, planning and executing events for foreign and U.S. dignitaries, managing web and social media content, and assisting with legislative/congressional research.

To apply, please email your resume to

Lincoln Book Researcher

Lois Romano is in search of a student researcher for a unique book on Mary Todd Lincoln to be published by Simon & Shuster in 2021. Applicants should possess strong digital and library researching skills; strong writing skills; and have an interest in politics, presidential history, and the uncredited role of women in politics. Applicant must be well organized and pro-active in terms of communication and ideas. Primary responsibility will be to conduct directed research on one of the more controversial first ladies in history, identifying primary source materials around the country and retrieving and summarizing material upon request.

Scope of book is focusing on MTL’s exile after her husband’s death, her involuntary commitment to a mental institution, her unacknowledged contribution to his presidency.

To apply email with your resume.

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Internships

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), Office of the Ranking Member, seeks unpaid interns and law clerks for the spring of 2020. The positions offer undergraduate, graduate, and law students the opportunity to gain substantive experience in a Senate office while participating directly in the legislative process. Intern and law clerk responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assisting Committee staff in performing office duties, conducting research, analyzing legislation, drafting memorandums, and assisting in hearing preparation. Interns and law clerks play a key role in the office and will work closely with senior policy advisors and counsels.

Health Policy Intern: interest and experience in health-related matters, including but not limited to: the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children’s health, the Food and Drug Administration, health equity/disparities, health information technology, health workforce, Medicare/Medicaid, mental health, the National Institutes of Health, public health and preparedness, and/or women’s health.

Education Policy Intern: interest in education-related policy, including: early childhood, k-12, postsecondary, workforce, and civil rights issues. Interest or experience teaching or working with students encouraged.

Labor Policy Law Clerk: clerkship open to current law students or recent law school graduates who have an interest in or experience in issues facing workers, including workers’ rights, minimum wage and overtime, union rights and collective bargaining, inequality, occupational safety and health, international labor rights, family and medical leave, equal pay, and equal employment opportunity and civil rights.

Pensions Intern or Law Clerk: clerkship open to current law students and LLM candidates who have an interest in retirement policy. The Pensions team covers a wide range of topics from multiemployer defined benefit pension plans to 401(k)s to DOL’s conflicts of interest rule to coverage and leakage policies, among many other issues.  Please note relevant classes taken, if any, in your cover letter.

Oversight Law Clerk: clerkship open to current law students or recent law school graduates who are interested in health, education, and labor law and policies that strive to protect consumers, workers, and the public. Previous experience in government is not required but candidates should have a general understanding of the legislative process.

Communications Intern: interest in press and communications, including: social media, press releases, speechwriting, op-ed writing, and media outreach (ii) an interest in public policy and (iii) a desire to learn. Strong candidates will demonstrate good attention to detail, work well under pressure, be self-motivated, and possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Writing and research experience preferred. Policy issues will vary. Applicants for the communications position should prioritize press-oriented writing samples over academic-oriented ones.       

Applications: Interested applicants should apply to this position by submitting a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and application form found on the OAM website. New users will have to sign up on the OAM portal to apply. Please indicate your availability.

The deadline for the spring 2020 internship program is Friday, November 1st, 2019.


1Planet – Social Media & Research Intern

1Planet is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create climate voters. We put policy-makers and politicians on notice that we speak out, organize, advocate and VOTE for climate change solutions. In addition to policy and political advocacy, we share ways that each of us can make a difference in our daily lives through sustainable and climate-friendly lifestyle choices. In 2019, we will be focused on our targeted districts for the Virginia General Assembly. Interns will develop and execute a strategy to increase followers across social media platforms, and should have an interest in climate change, environmental advocacy or policy, communications and social media experience, and good writing and research skills.

To apply: Email a resume and cover letter outlining why you are interested in an internship at 1Planet and your availability (days/hours) to:


American Enterprise Institute is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world. The work of our scholars and staff advances ideas rooted in our belief in democracy, free enterprise, American strength and global leadership, solidarity with those at the periphery of our society, and a pluralistic, entrepreneurial culture. There are several foreign policy internship opportunities available at AEI. Click here to view current openings.

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