Congress Watch, a division of Public Citizen, is seeking new organizing interns for the Spring 2020 academic session. We are also pre-accepting interns for the Summer 2020 session. Public Citizen is a national, non-partisan, public interest group with over 500,000 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 organizing internship is designed to provide a better understanding of the role of public interest activism within the legislative and administrative process. The position is expected 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. This organizing internship position supports every aspect of the work of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division with a special focus on money in politics.
Interns will have a varied and interesting range of assignments. Key components of the job are:
- Writing blog posts and other communications pieces intended for grassroots audiences.
- Raising awareness about current issue campaign priorities using social media tools and conducting outreach to activists.
- Providing administrative support, including compiling daily clips, building and maintaining web pages, performing data entry, and other tasks as assigned.
Knowledge: Demonstrated background in using online communication tools (HTML, social media, Salsa, etc.) and strong computer skills as well as a basic knowledge of 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 and a 15 hour per week commitment is required.
Public Citizen hires interns for the fall, spring, and summer semesters with flexibility regarding start and end dates.
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).