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.
- 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.
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.
Public Citizen offers both unpaid internships (course credit can be arranged) and a small number of paid internships ($15 an hour).
If you are applying for a paid internship, please also include an essay outlining why you want to intern at Public Citizen and any other information about you that you wish to have considered, including your need for financial support (500 words or less). If you have completed the FAFSA, please also submit a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR).
Submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample as attachments to Susan Harley, Deputy Director- Congress Watch (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line “CW-Advocacy Fall 2019 (or Spring 2020) Internship.” Please specify issue area of most interest to you, if applicable. No phone calls please. Please note: due to the very high volume of applications we receive, we are only able to contact those students who will be moving forward in the application process.