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Check out our Career Corner for current and evergreen openings in politics, policy, journalism, and related fields. We include opportunities for students of all years and levels of experience.


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Opportunities in the Federal Government

Hey #Hoyas – interested in opportunities in the federal government but not sure where to start? Many departments and agencies offer a wide range of opportunities that might fit your interests. You may also discover some you didn’t even know existed.

Below are a few great resources to help you get organized for Public Service Careers:

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U.S. News and World Report Summer 2024 Intern (*New!) Anchor

U.S. News and World Report Summer 2024 Intern (*New!)

U.S. News & World Report is a multifaceted digital media company dedicated to helping citizens, consumers, business leaders and policy officials make important decisions in their lives. We publish independent reporting, rankings, data journalism and advice that has earned the trust of our readers and users for nearly 90 years. Our platforms on usnews.com include Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, News and 360 Reviews.

This is a great opportunity for an early-career journalist who wants a range of experiences at a national digital news outlet. We’re looking for someone who can write daily stories on a range of domestic and international topics for our news team, as well as for our Best Countries, Best States and Healthiest Communities sections. You’ll have the chance to work with several editors, dabble in CMS production and learn how to make simple data visualizations. Reporters with demonstrated ability will have the opportunity to tackle longer stories as time allows.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Part-time or full-time students who have completed 48+ credit hours (rising juniors/seniors and graduate students) and are enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college or university
  • Part-time or full-time students enrolled in a graduate program at an accredited college or university
  • May 2024 graduate
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, professionalism and maturity in the workplace
  • Effective communicator in both written and spoken English
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in use of MSOffice Suite and Google Docs
  • 3.0 GPA or above preferred

 

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American Association of Political Consultants Foundation Scholarship Program (*New!)

The purpose of the AAPC Foundation Scholarship Program is to provide students who have shown a career interest in political consulting and public affairs an opportunity to attend the annual AAPC Pollie Awards & Conference. As the premier political consulting event of the year, the AAPC Pollie Awards & Conference provides unparalleled access to industry leaders and hours of educational sessions on the latest trends in campaign strategy and management. The AAPC Foundation considers its scholars to be the future of professional political consulting—those who are committed to practicing the art of political consulting with the highest level of integrity.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2024. 

 

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Tusk Strategies Fellows Program (*New!)

Tusk Strategies is inviting candidates interested in communications, government and public relations, and campaigning to apply to the Tusk Strategies Fellows Program in DC.

The Tusk Fellows Program is a 12-month paid training opportunity with Tusk Strategies, LLC designed to help alums of diverse backgrounds advance essential soft and hard industry skills. These skills can be applied to a career at Tusk or beyond.

We’re looking for:

  • A person of any intersection of marginalized identity and experience, with a proven interest aligning with some aspect of our work, 0-1 year(s) of work experience
  • Preferably someone with Capitol Hill internship experience
  • Someone who can dedicate 30 hours per week to the program
  • Alumnus in the DC area
  • Strong writing skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to comprehend and articulate problems
  • Someone with curiosity and a willingness to exercise autonomy and take initiative

This begins mid-March. The expected hourly wage range for the fellow’s position is $20-$30/hour, for 30 hours a week. If you are interested in the program, please apply on LinkedIn or via our website, www.tuskstrategies.com, using the ‘fellows’ application. Please make sure to indicate your location and availability to start. Please also submit a previous writing sample along with your resume, not exceeding 2 pages. If your sample is abridged, please provide a summary.

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Decision Desk HQ Remote Monitoring Team (*New!)

DDHQ is seeking interested McCourt and other Georgetown students to help staff our 2024 Election Night remote monitoring team. The team works with election officials across the US to collect and report results for every presidential, Senate, House, statewide, state legislative, county and municipal primary and general election contest in the country. Students hired to join the team will receive training and compensation of $125 per election night worked (6-hour shifts).

Requirements include:

• Attention to detail, dedication to accuracy, passion for the task of recording how Americans have voted, and interest in learning from the best team of Election Night data collection experts in the US

• US citizenship or authorization to work in the US

The deadline to apply is no later than EOD February 20, 2024.

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Spring Press Intern – Office of Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi (CA-11)

The office of Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi (CA-11) is currently seeking candidates for a paid Washington, D.C.-based press internship.

The press intern will work closely with the communications team and responsibilities include compiling daily press clips, drafting written materials, creating digital content, conducting research and media monitoring. The press intern will gain valuable Capitol Hill and communications experience, furthering their knowledge of the Congressional media landscape and the legislative process. The press intern may also provide additional office administrative support to staff including answering phones and greeting constituents.

The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and have the ability to digest and summarize complex information, work quickly and efficiently under pressure and multi-task several projects. Strong written and verbal communications experience is required and familiarity with social and digital platforms is recommended. Spanish language skills and San Francisco/California ties are a plus.

The office is an equal opportunity employer; we do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, religion, disability, national origin, uniformed status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter and two writing samples to Press.Pelosi@mail.house.gov with “[Full Name] – Spring Press Internship” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please no calls or walk-ins.

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The First Ask – Summer 2024 Paid Internship

The First Ask is seeking passionate and driven interns to join our team and actively participate in our efforts to enlist candidates for State House & State Senate. As an intern, you will have the unique opportunity to participate in a political start up, gain valuable insights into elector processes, and contribute to meaningful projects that align with your interests and skills.

This is a paid internship opportunity.

Location:
In Person in Washington DC (Glover Park)

Hours:
Not to exceed 20 per week

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in organizing and supporting events and fundraisers.

  • Conduct research on relevant issues, legislation, and candidates.

  • Manage and update social media accounts to increase outreach and engagement.

  • Draft and edit communications, including newsletters, press releases, and linkedin posts.

  • Collaborate with team members on grassroots organizing and community outreach initiatives.

  • Participate in team meetings and contribute ideas for strategic planning.

  • Provide administrative support to ensure the smooth functioning of the organization.

Application Process:
Please submit your resume and a brief paragraph outlining your reasons for applying to cwelles@thefirstask.org.

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Internship with Congresswoman Jasmine Crockett (TX-30)

The Office of Congresswoman Jasmine Crockett (TX-30) is seeking college students and young professionals to join our team as an intern for the Summer 2024 term. Please note that this internship is a paid opportunity that requires a 40 hour per week commitment.

To apply, please complete the form found at https://crockett.house.gov/services/internships-dc. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 5.

Any questions regarding this opportunity may be directed to our office by emailing Sofia.Arias@mail.house.gov and Zach.KrakauerGanz@mail.house.gov, or calling at (202) 225-8885.

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Senate Democrats Internship Opportunities

Click below to view which states are represented by Democrats in the United States Senate.

Most offices have spring, summer, and fall semesters of interns. Please check in with each office for deadlines and application requirements.

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Press Internship with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

Overview

Interns in our Washington, DC, office work closely with our legislative and communications staff. You will receive training from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), learn how to use the Legislative Information System (LIS), and attend professional development workshops.

Full- and part-time internships are available. During the fall and spring sessions, interns are expected to work at least one full day and two half-days. During the summer session, interns are expected to work full-time unless enrolled in summer courses. For students seeking college credit, we can accommodate your school’s requirements.

While Senator Klobuchar encourages all individuals to apply, applicants from Minnesota will be given preference.

Internships for the Washington, DC, program are available for the following three sessions:

  • Summer Session – June through August (deadline: March 1)
  • Fall Session – September through December (deadline: July 1)
  • Spring Session – January through May (deadline: November 1)

Please submit the following:

  • Application Form (Download)
  • Cover Letter
  • Current Resume
  • Short Writing Sample (2 pages max)
  • List of Three References

To apply, complete the application form at https://www.klobuchar.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/internships and send your completed application to internships@klobuchar.senate.gov with the subject line noting Press Internship.

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Internship/Fellowship with Innovative Federal Strategies

About Innovative Federal Strategies, LLC:
Innovative Federal Strategies, LLC (IFS) is a lobbying and government relations firm located on Capitol Hill. The firm focuses on developing federal strategies for each of its clients and pursuing those goals before the Administration and Congress. Since 1992, IFS has been helping each of their clients achieve their appropriations and legislative goals with innovative strategies and the utmost customer service. For more information, please visit www.innofed.com

Description and Responsibilities:
Innovative Federal Strategies, LLC (IFS) seeks interns on a rolling basis for the fall, spring and summer. The ideal candidate for this position will be a student seeking experience on Capitol Hill or in a government relations setting including former interns or recent college graduates with a degree in Political Science. The ideal candidate will be a detail-oriented student/graduate who has strong administrative skills, exceptional interpersonal skills and first-rate verbal and written communication skills. Routine activities include:

  • Perform a full range of clerical duties including answering and routing phone calls;
  • Prepare client materials for meetings with Members of Congress and their staff;
  • Track legislation through House and Senate committees, and monitor House and Senate floor
    activity;
  • Conduct research as requested, such as reviewing bill text, government reports, and hearing
    transcripts;
  • Complete various request forms as required by Member offices;
  • Attend hearings and client meetings; and
  • Other administrative and legislative responsibilities as assigned.

Requirements

  • Prior experience on Capitol Hill or with a government relations firm is a plus, but is not
    required;
  • Working knowledge of / desire to learn about U.S House and Senate, their administrative
    practices and communications protocol;
  • Proficiency in word processing software and hardware including Microsoft Office software
    (specific proficiency in Microsoft Excel is a plus);
  • Ability to work with multiple team members and prioritize workload;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, projects and priorities effectively and professionally with
    meticulous attention to detail in a fast paced environment.

To Apply:
Email a resume and one-page cover letter summarizing your interest and qualifications in a PDF or Word Document, to info@innofed.com. Please label the subject line: IFS Internship

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The Dewey Square Group Intern

Overview

The Dewey Square Group, a leading Democratic public affairs firm, is looking for an intern for its Grassroots practice in the Washington, D.C. office. The Dewey Square Group’s Grassroots practice works with non-profit organizations, trade associations, and companies to build support for their issues, products, technologies, and brands at the local, state and federal level. Interns will work closely with Associates and Principals to gain valuable work experience. Interns will work a maximum of 40 hours per week. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. This is a paid internship.

Work will include:

  • Writing and research
  • Special event support
  • Issue tracking
  • Monitoring legislative

Qualified candidates will be:

  • Able to work business hours Monday-Friday (full or part-time)
  • An undergraduate student or recent graduate
  • Interested in Democratic politics and a wide variety of issues
  • Hardworking and eager for new challenges and projects
  • Willing to take initiative and learn new things
  • Positive with a good sense of humor 

Strong writing skills (drafting, editing, proofing) and verbal communication skills are a must. Proficiency  with social media and different technology platforms/analytics tools are a plus.  

Diverse candidates encouraged to apply. Undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students all welcome to apply. Candidates MUST reside in one of the following: DC, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, California, Florida, and Missouri.

Please send your cover letter, resume, and availability to InternDSG@gmail.com.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Dewey Square Group does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of their race, creed, color, age, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, national origin, or ancestry.

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The Mellman Group Political Public Opinion Research Internship

We are always looking for interns interested in public opinion polling with a commitment to Democratic politics and a statistics background to work on public opinion research for political campaigns, public interest groups, membership organizations and businesses. Ideal person is interested in public opinion polling with a commitment to Democratic politics and has a statistics background. The primary internship responsibilities include:

  • Conducting background research on candidates, opponents, or potential clients
  • 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 ET, and have a flexible schedule to work early mornings, late evenings and weekends. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, staff and interns are currently working remotely, though once it is safe, staff and interns will be expected to work in our DC office. Pay is $15/hr. Casual workplace.

Send resume and cover letter to: internships@mellmangroup.com

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National Republican Congressional Committee

Overview

The National Republican Congressional Committee (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: wgreaton@nrcc.org

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OPM Student Volunteer Program

Overview

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) leads and serves the Federal Government in enterprise human resources management by delivering policies and services to achieve a trusted, effective civilian workforce. OPM provides leadership and support to U.S. agencies on issues including human resources policy and oversight, federal employee benefits, retirement services, guidance on labor-management relations, and programs to improve workforce performance. At OPM, we recruit, retain, and honor the American workforce that is landing rovers on Mars, fighting a global pandemic, and building this country back better.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Enrolled as a degree-seeking student in good academic standing with at least a half-time course load at undergraduate, graduate, or professional school.
  • Have an interest in at least one of the following areas:
    o Communications
    o Congressional, Legislative, and Intergovernmental Affairs
    o Data Management
    o Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    o Human Capital/Resource Management
    o IT Modernization

BENEFITS:
• Gain exposure to public service while enhancing your educational goals and shaping your career choices
• Work with federal agencies under the Biden-Harris Administration
• Earn school credit
• Flexible work schedules and assignments

HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, please submit your resume and proof of enrollment to Jason Tengco, OPM’s White House Liaison, at jason.tengco@opm.gov. You may also submit an optional cover letter describing your interest in volunteering with OPM.

For more information, visit www.opm.gov.
OPM is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit. OPM provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Internship

An internship with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee offers an exciting opportunity for college students, graduate students or recent graduates to gain first-hand experience working on issues of foreign policy and to learn about the legislative process.

The position requires excellent writing skills, attention to detail and the ability to multitask. Intern responsibilities range from attending meetings on and off the Hill to drafting memos, tracking legislation and conducting research projects.

Chairman Internship Details

The Democratic Staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee seeks applicants for an internship. Interns will work with staff teams to provide research, track hearings and legislation, draft memos, and take notes at high-level meetings. Successful applicants will have excellent research and writing skills, as well as academic or professional experience in international relations or a similar field. Hill experience and NJ ties are both a plus. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates are all eligible to apply. Law students may apply for a legal internship to work with the SFRC legal team. Normal work hours are 9am-6pm Eastern Time, Monday-Friday, and applicants must commit to a minimum of 30 hours per week during those hours. Those with full-time availability are strongly encouraged to apply.

SFRC plans to offer remote and hybrid/in-person internships for the upcoming intern class. However, hybrid/in-person internships are subject to change. A hybrid internship would involve our intern classes coming into the office on a rotational basis each day of the week. Please note that an in-person internship would require you to be located in the Washington, D.C. area.

This internship is unpaid, although a limited number of stipends are available to highly-qualified candidates who could not otherwise afford to participate in an unpaid internship. Only applicants selected for further review will be contacted by SFRC.

Summer 2024 applications are currently open.

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ACLU Internship

Here’s what you can expect from internships at the National office of the ACLU:

Exposure

Engage with the issues and the people at the forefront of today’s most impactful civil liberties and civil rights fights and victories.

Experience

Contribute to meaningful work in one of our departments while developing substantive skills and professional experience.

Mentorship

Learn from ACLU employees on a range of topics through trainings and on-the-job learning.

A stipend

Receive a stipend for a full-time (35 hr/week), 10-week internship. The stipend may offset by any outside funding received.

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