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Congress Watch Advocacy Internship


Congress Watch, a division of Public Citizen, is seeking new interns for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 academic session.  Public Citizen is a national, non-partisan, public interest group with more than 400,000 members and activists. The Congress Watch division engages in public education, grassroots organizing, and advocacy before Congress and administrative agencies on money in politics, open government, corporate accountability, financial regulation, health and safety, and access to justice.

The Congress Watch advocacy internship is designed to provide a better understanding of the role of public interest activism within the legislative and administrative process.  The position is designed to give a broad experience influencing U.S. Congress and Administrative agencies as well as varied activities to build a background in public interest policy and advocacy work.

Possible issue areas for internship placement are: civil justice, financial reform, good government, healthcare, regulatory policy, and worker safety.  

Responsibilities


  • Assisting Congress Watch Advocates with duties including: responding to information requests from Capitol Hill, the news media, and national organizations; developing briefing papers, reports, fact sheets and other educational and lobbying materials; and aiding issue advocacy campaigns, coalition building and media strategies.
  • Providing research support on pending legislative issues. Interns will search for and review original documents (e.g. on-line databases, Library of Congress resources, and documents from governmental and non-governmental agencies) as appropriate to fulfill research requests.
  • Providing a wide range of administrative support including database management, data entry, copying, faxing, deliveries, errands to Capitol Hill, and other tasks as assigned.

Requirements

Knowledge: Basic knowledge of public policy issues and the legislative process.
Skills: Excellent research, analytical thinking, oral and written communication, and organizational skills.
Qualities: Conscientious, accurate, and tenacious. Strong commitment to public interest work.  Willingness to assist with all aspects of issue advocacy work.  A preference will be given to applicants seeking academic credit for this internship placement.  

Public Citizen hires interns for the fall, spring, and summer semesters with flexibility regarding start and end dates. Please note that course credit can be arranged, but all internships are otherwise unpaid.  


To Apply:

Submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample as attachments to Susan Harley, Deputy Director- Congress Watch (sharley@citizen.org) with the subject line “CW-Advocacy Fall 2016 (or Spring 2017) Internship.” Please specify issue area of most interest to you, if applicable.  No phone calls please.


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