The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations have a constitutional right to spend unlimited amounts of money to promote or defeat candidates for office. This influx of corporate dollars stands to dramatically damage our democracy by prioritizing the voices of nameless and faceless corporations over the voices of “We the People” — unless we act now. Further the rights to vote is under attack, and our elections remain vulnerable to computer errors and hacks.
More and more people are responding to this threat by joining together and calling on public officials to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the court’s decision and rein in money in politics overall. But we’re not stopping there, we have built a broader democracy movement focused on getting big money of of politics, protecting voting rights and protecting our elections from hacks and errors. We are looking for a few amazing interns to join us at least 20 hours per week in Spring/Fall.
You’ve heard that corporations have lobbyists. At Public Citizen, we’re the people’s lobbyists, representing the public in the halls of power. We fight for public health and safety, champion corporate and government accountability, and campaign for fair trade, clean energy, and consumer rights. Now, we’re gearing up for one of our biggest campaigns yet.
This is a particularly exciting opportunity to work on a campaign based out of the nation’s capital – remotely from Syracuse, NY – or in our D.C. office. This is an extremely competitive internship.
You’ll be working closely with our campaign organizers to build the campaign and help make it happen. Your work could include:
- working with activists around the country, especially in key states, to get them involved in the campaign;
- conducting social media and online outreach to build campaign visibility and assisting with press outreach and events;
- conducting outreach to state and national organizations to gain their endorsement and support;
- researching the effects and impacts of Citizens United v. FEC;
- mobilizing students on college campuses to become active in the campaign; and
- developing and implementing other creative campaign actions.
This is your chance to truly play an active role in making a deeply important change in our nation’s history.
Public Citizen offers unpaid internships (course credit can be arranged and a small number of paid internships ($15 an hour). To be considered for a paid internship for Summer 2020, candidates must apply by March 13, 2020, and submit materials listed below. Our summer internships are typically full time (40 hours a week for around eight weeks), although we have some flexibility as to hours and weeks. Chosen applicants will be notified by Monday, April 6, 2020.
If you are applying for a paid internship, please 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).
Please send your cover letter and resume to Public Citizen, Attn: Aquene Freechild, email@example.com to apply for the DC Program and Attn: Christine Wood, firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for Syracuse, or both if you’re willing to go to either office. Be sure to include what makes you passionate about the internship and past experiences you would bring to the campaign. Incomplete applications may not be considered. We are currently accepting applications, and applications are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to be competitive.