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Global Trade Watch – General Internship

General Description:

Interns are an integral part of the Global Trade Watch team. The internship can include assisting with research, grassroots organizing, phone-banking and media outreach. Interns are likely to attend congressional hearings, think tank briefings, protests, rallies or other events as the eyes and ears of GTW. All interns are expected to do administrative support work, but they are generally assigned to specific projects according to their interests and qualifications. Applicants fluent in foreign languages — particularly French, German, Japanese and Spanish — are especially encouraged to apply.


  • Research skills, including broad-based internet searches, database research, and experience providing article and topic summaries.
  • Commitment to public interest and good government work.
  • Good organizational, writing and communication skills.
  • Word and Excel proficiency needed.
  • Can-do attitude and an ability to quickly to respond to new developments.
  • A burning desire to fight for economic and social justice.

Prior study or interest in international trade, globalization, economics, law/pre-law, and/or social justice is desirable. Past interns have majored in: political science, government and international affairs, public policy, sociology, economics and statistics, but all majors are welcome to apply.


We are seeking candidates who are well organized, creative, willing to learn, detail-oriented and not afraid to ask questions or present ideas. The intern should be able to work well on a team, perform under pressure and adapt to rapidly changing situations.

The office is located on the third floor and requires walking two flights of stairs and several blocks to and from congressional offices. GTW is a smoke-free workplace.

We expect that interns be able to work a minimum of 16 hours a week. Our internships generally follow the academic calendar (beginning and ending with each semester,) but there is some flexibility within that. We request at least an 8-week commitment, though interns may request to remain longer than one semester.


Public Citizen internships are available year round. Our internships are up to 40 hours a week for around eight weeks.  **We accept unpaid internship applications on a rolling basis and currently are accepting applications for paid internships for Fall 2023.**

Public Citizen offers unpaid internships (credit can be arranged) and a small number of paid internships ($16.50 an hour).  To be considered for a paid internship for Fall  2023, candidates must apply by July 10, 2023, and submit materials listed below.  Chosen applicants will be notified by Monday, August 7, 2023.

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).

How to Apply:

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Please send your resume, cover letter (include specific areas of interest in trade policy or international affairs), availability, and a brief writing sample to sking@citizen.org.

People of color, women and LGBT candidates are encouraged to apply.

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.

Global Trade Watch is a division of Public Citizen 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.