Are you in the market for an internship or job? Check out our Career Corner for current openings in politics, policy, journalism, and related fields. We include opportunities for students of all years and levels of experience.
The Fuller Project
The Fuller Project is the award-winning global nonprofit newsroom dedicated to objective, groundbreaking reporting on women: to raise awareness, expose injustice, and spur accountability. They are now seeking to fill the following positions:Back to Top
Bipartisan Policy Center
The Bipartisan Policy Center is a Washington, DC-based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans.
BPC offers full-time summer, and part-time fall and spring internships each academic semester. Interns are assigned to a specific BPC project or functional area and will receive a $1,500 stipend for work throughout the semester. Interns must be rising juniors or above, and will provide administrative support, assist with events and meetings, conduct research and assist with the development and writing of reports, white papers and proposals. While interns work closely with their project teams, there are also opportunities to learn from and be exposed to the wide range of issues addressed by the organization.Back to Top
National Republican Congressional Committee
The NRCC is looking for interns in each of our divisions. We are looking for politically interested undergraduate students that want to gain marketable skills, lifelong connections, and have an enjoyable experience interning at our Washington, DC headquarters. Your internship will allow you to contribute measurable value to the NRCC’s operations and stay connected with the organization long after your last day as an intern.
To apply for an NRCC internship, please click below and email your resume and introduction to: email@example.comBack to Top
Malinowski for Congress
Rep. Tom Malinowksi’s re-election team is looking for field organizers to help him keep his seat in an R+3 district. Our campaign is part of the DCCC’s Frontline program and is looking to build out a flexible and robust organizing team that uses digital tools to help re-elect the congressman. Malinowski represents New Jersey’s 7th congressional district. He served as Senior Director on President Clinton’s National Security Council, worked for the Human Rights Watch for 12 years, and served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor under President Obama.
● Implement and oversee the campaign’s field plan in assigned turf
● Recruit, train, and manage a robust volunteer base
● Hire, train, and manage interns and fellows
● Meet weekly volunteer recruitment and direct voter contact goals
● Execute voter contact, including phone banks, text banks, canvasses, voter registration
drives, and visibility events (for now, all events are virtual)
● Strong interpersonal and team building skills
● Organizational skills and ability to meet strict deadlines
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills
● Must be a self-starter and be able to work independently and as part of a team
● Commitment to the election of Democrats up and down the ballot
● Adaptable to changing needs and program priorities
● Ready to contribute to a winning culture
● Positive attitude and strong sense of humor
● Previous political campaign experience including digital organizing experience is
valued but not required
This position is full time and cycle only. Applicants must also be comfortable working long and irregular hours, including nights and weekends. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.Back to Top
Brooke Pinto for DC City Council
Position Summary DC Councilmember Brooke Pinto seeks a part–time Communications Manager for her November general election campaign. The position requires 5–10 hours a week.
The ideal candidate will be creative, entrepreneurial, and will have a finger on the pulse of the local DC news cycle and online conversation. They will drive the campaign‘s messaging in the digital and traditional media spaces. The position is mostly remote and the candidate must be able to work independently as well as collaborate with a small team, including the principal and a senior campaign official.
- Planning and writing content for weekly emails using MailChimp
- Crafting social media posts, including designing graphics and editing video that will stand out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
- Updating the campaign website through WordPress as needed Fielding media inquiries and liaising with the press to schedule media appearances and scheduling interview requests.
- Writing press releases
- Passionate about the equity and justice
- Ability to work on your own or with a small team
- Strong interpersonal skills along with the ability to write and edit quickly and clearly
- Understanding of social media platforms, MailChimp, and WordPress
- Graphic design and video editing (program agnostic)
- Sharp attention to detail and aware of social media norms
Duration: Monday, July 13 through rid–November 2020
Pay: $15 per hour
Interview Process: Two interviews, reference check, and a short writing/design test (–1hr)
How to apply: Email email@example.com with your resume, a 280-character explanation about why you want this job, a sample of a social media post that includes a graphic, and a writing sample that is either a press release or an email from a previous role. Please include “Communications Manager in the subject line of the email.
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
The DSCC is the branch of the Democratic Party committed to electing more Democrats to the United States Senate. We are seeking energetic and hard-working undergraduate students to join our DSCC internship program to help accomplish the goal of retaking the Senate majority for the upcoming sessions. As a DSCC intern, your tasks and projects are changing frequently, providing each intern with a greater understanding of how the DSCC operates. With this office style in mind, we are interested in candidates who are willing to be flexible and work within multiple areas of interest.
If you are interested in applying for the DSCC internship program, please send the following application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A current resume including your contact information.
- A cover letter including the days you are available, as well as your preferred start and end dates.
- One letter of recommendation and two additional references with contact information, preferably one academic reference, one professional reference, and one reference of choice
- An unofficial transcript or form of verification for current enrollment and GPA.
The deadline to apply is September 14, 2020.Back to Top
The Mellman Group
The Mellman Group is looking for an intern who can commit to an internship through November 2020 to work on public opinion research for Democratic political campaigns, progressive public interest groups, membership organizations and businesses.
The ideal person is interested in public opinion polling with a commitment to Democratic politics, a basic understanding of statistics, passion and attention to detail. The primary internship responsibilities include:
- Conducting background research on candidates, opponents, or potential
- Editing memos, PowerPoint presentations and proposals
- Reading and understanding crosstab banners and topline questionnaires
- Monitoring polls the first night they are in the field
- Sorting quotes from focus group transcripts
- Creating focus group handout summaries
- Some administrative work when necessary
Knowledge of SPSS, statistics, or quantitative analysis would be helpful, but not required.
Applicants must be able to work fast, have a commitment to detail and accuracy, handle a high-pressured working environment, and work well in a team atmosphere in a small office. This is a full-time position with a 40 hour work week. Applicants must be available to work between 9am-6pm, and have a flexible schedule to work early mornings, late evenings and weekends. Pay is $15/hr. Casual workplace.
To apply please send your resume and cover letter to: email@example.comBack to Top
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
An internship in Senator Paul’s Washington, D.C. office offers students the opportunity to learn firsthand about the daily operations of the Senate and its interactions with the House of Representatives and the other branches of government. As an intern in the Washington, D.C. office, some of your responsibilities may include answering telephones, sorting constituent mail, attending hearings, giving Capitol tours, and performing legislative research.
Preference is given to students from Kentucky or students attending a Kentucky university or college. The intern selection process is highly competitive due to the limited amount of space and resources available. There are usually more qualified applicants than positions available. If selected for an internship, you are responsible for your own housing, food, and transportation.
If you have any questions about Senator Paul’s internship program, you can contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-4343 and firstname.lastname@example.org or my Bowling Green office at (270) 782-8303.Back to Top
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
ADL is looking for interns this Summer and fall. Positions may begin summer or fall 2020 (10-15 hours/week). Preference for DC location. The internships will be paid. Applicants must have at least completed two years of college, with graduate degree preferred. Activities the intern might do include:
- Assist with design and implementation of research studies
- Conduct a literature review on key topics related to school climate or anti-bias interventions.
- Explore possible partnerships and new initiatives to fight hate
- Draft communication materials for offices and supporters to help fight hate
- Excellent project management and organizational skills.
- Highly effective oral and written communication skills.
- Strong alignment with ADL mission of fighting anti-Semitism and securing civil rights and fair treatment for all people.
- Team player with willingness to play multiple positions as needed.
- Results-oriented with a sense of urgency. Willing to make tough decisions in a timely manner.
- Inclusive and collaborative.
- Minimum of 2 years of college experience required, with some post-graduate work preferred.
Applicants should send a resume and an existing writing sample or work product along with a note that specifies their acceptable locations, when they could work, and the maximum number of hours they are able to commit to email@example.com.
Andrew Goodman Foundation
The Andrew Goodman Foundation supports youth leadership development, voting accessibility, and social justice initiatives on campuses across the country with mini-grants to select institutions of higher learning and other financial assistance to students. Our vision is that young people will become active, engaged citizens who ensure a just democracy and sustainable future. Join us during this critical time for American democracy and help shape the next generation of civic leaders.
The Andrew Goodman Foundation is hiring for several positions in the Programs department.Back to Top
When We All Vote
When We All Vote is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that is on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting, harnessing grassroots energy, and through strategic partnerships to reach every American.
Launched in 2018 by co-chairs Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, When We All Vote is changing the culture around voting using a data-driven and multifaceted approach to increase participation in elections.Back to Top
Cato interns work in a variety of departments. Policy areas include such subjects as healthcare, defense and foreign policy, constitutional law, tax and budget policy, and numerous others. Interns assist scholars and research assistants with research, data collection, editing, and numerous other tasks. In addition to the interns who work with our policy staff, Cato hosts other interns who work with our communications teams. These interns get hands-on experience working with the media and outside organizations. We place interns based on the preferences they select in their applications.
All interns occasionally fulfill such responsibilities as clerical work, deliveries, and helping to operate Cato events, including registering guests and carrying hand-held microphones at public forums and debates.
In addition, all interns take part in an intensive seminar series. These seminars introduce the interns to a wide range of philosophy, history, economics, and policy topics. In addition, several seminars help the interns to develop useful professional skills, such as public speaking and op-ed writing.
Stipend for fulltime internships
- $1000 a month paid biweekly.
- Law students receive specific legal work as well as a higher stipend.
- International interns are eligible for visa funding.
- Part time internships are permitted in exceptional cases and part time interns receive a pro-rated stipend.
Cato internships are for undergraduates, regardless of major, recent graduates, graduate students, or law students who have a strong commitment to individual liberty, private property, free markets, limited government—i.e. the philosophy known variously as “classical liberalism,” “market liberalism,” or simply “libertarianism.”
The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization whose publications and conferences since 1977 have presented market-liberal solutions for the full range of policy issues. Cato’s objective is to reawaken interest in America’s founding ideals: personal liberty, private property, free markets, free trade, limited government, and nonintervention in foreign affairs. The Institute is named for Cato’s Letters, libertarian essays that were widely read in the American colonies in the 18th century and that played a major role in laying the philosophical foundation for the American Revolution.Back to Top
U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
The Office of External Affairs (OEA) of U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is looking for a part- or full-time intern for the fall/winter of 2020. As the U.S. Government’s development bank, DFC mobilizes private sector capital to tackle urgent global development challenges while advancing U.S. foreign policy.
The applicant should be an undergrad student pursuing a degree in government, foreign policy, international development, finance, communications/public affairs, and/or a related field.
The intern will support OEA’s Communications & Public Affairs Team. Typical activities include research projects, conducting outreach to press, drafting and editing promotional materials, planning and executing high-level events, and creating digital and social media content.
To apply, please email your resume to Olivia.Bell@dfc.gov by August 1.Back to Top
As a full-service public affairs agency, Story Partners has deep expertise and a wide range of traditional and social media skills to meet your challenge and drive to victory. Known for our winning strategies, creativity and zealous determination to win—we offer clients exceptional strength in seven service areas critical to public affairs campaign success.
Story Partners is seeking summer and fall interns. The intern program provides a substantive, hands-on experience in a fast-paced workplace. The ideal candidate is a motivated, self-starter and creative thinker. We encourage students with a communications background or an interest in the role of public affairs in the political process to apply. Interns should be prepared to enter a professional office and work hard every day.
Duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Drafting a wide selection of written and creative materials
- Monitoring news coverage (traditional and digital) for client issues
- Facilitating a variety of social media engagements and analysis
- Building and maintaining reporter databases
- Conducting media and issues-related research
To apply please send a resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.orgBack to Top
National Republican Senatorial Committee
The NRSC internship program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This program is designed to cultivate today’s young leaders, provide additional campaign experience and prepare them for future opportunities.
Summer internships are available in the research, communications, digital, finance, legal, and politics departments. Please email David Crane (email@example.com) with any questions.Back to Top
Media DC – Public Relations Fellow
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.
- Maintaining media database using Microsoft Excel.
- Uploading videos to our MediaDC Vimeo pages
- Compiling media appearance reports
- Social media campaigns and outreach, using our @WashExam_PR twitter page
- Pitching journalists and their articles to blogs and media outlets
- Promotional events
- Using media monitoring software (Critical Mention/TVEyes) to
cut video/audio clips
- Works well collaboratively and independently
- Strong computer skills, including Excel
- Meticulous and well-organized
- Interest in the potential of social media and strategic communications tools
- 10 hours per week
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Alex Rosenwald at firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline to apply is: July 31, 2020
The American Enterprise Institute
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.Back to Top