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Global Trade Watch – General Internship

Global Trade Watch (GTW), a division of Public Citizen, was founded in 1995 to promote government and corporate accountability in the globalization and trade arena. At the forefront of national and international globalization struggles, GTW is one of the few progressive organizations focused full-time on these issues. We have become a leader in promoting a public interest perspective on an array of globalization issues, including implications for access to affordable medicines; jobs and wages; food, health and safety; environmental protection, economic justice, and democratic, accountable governance.

GTW is seeking interns who are well organized, creative, willing to learn, detail-oriented and not afraid to ask questions or present bold ideas for an eight-week internship program.  The internship position is generally unpaid, but selected applicants will be eligible to apply for need-based funding. The position is hybrid, with candidates expected to work out of Public Citizen’s office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. two days per week.

Interns will contribute to projects including grassroots organizing, coalition building, campaigning, writing, editing, and research. While administrative support may be included in the intern’s work, we try our best to include interns in program-focused projects tailored to each intern’s interests and goals. Because this internship is in Washington, D.C., interns have the opportunity to attend in-person Congressional hearings, think tank briefings, protests, and rallies.

Who You Are:

  • A student or aspiring organizer
  • Interested in international issues, specifically international development, policy, justice, economics, or law
  • Passionate about progressive change


  • Proficient in Microsoft programs including Outlook, Word, and Excel
  • Good time management skills
  • Solid attention to detail
  • Team player capable of quickly adapting to changing priorities

Internship Start Date and Duration:

GTW expects interns to work a minimum of 16 up to a maximum of 40 hours per week. Start and end dates of internships are negotiable but should generally be about eight weeks. We consider internships on a rolling basis, but we extend offers for the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. As such, interviews typically occur in November or December for the Spring semester, March for the Summer semester, and June or July for the Fall semester.

How to Apply:

Please email a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to gtwinfo@citizen.org The writing sample can be a simple paragraph about an issue you’re passionate about if you don’t have any existing essays or materials. Please title your email: “GTW Internship Application”

Candidates who are people of color, Indigenous, LGBTQ+ identifying, and/or from the Global South are encouraged to apply.

Applying for Funding:

Public Citizen offers a small number of paid internships based on financial need and funding availability. Interns who are approved for funding will be paid on an hourly basis at $17.00 per hour with a total internship duration of no more than 320 hours.

If you are selected for the internship and would like to apply for funding, you will then submit a 500 word essay explaining why you want to intern with Public Citizen and why you require financial assistance. If you have completed the FAFSA, you are also encouraged to submit a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR). No need to submit this with your initial application).

Public Citizen serves as the people’s voice in the nation’s capital. For 40 years, we have proudly championed citizen interests before Congress, the executive branch agencies and the courts, ensuring that all Americans are represented in the halls of power and that our government works for us.