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Protect Democracy Internship 2024 – President’s Office

Stand Up for Voting Rights & Secure Elections

Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer Semesters:

Democracy in the United States is under systematic attack – big money raised in secret undermines the voice of the people in our elections, the freedom to vote is being assaulted by state legislators and the security of our elections is threatened by perpetrators of the Big Lie.

Join the Democracy Is For People team in mobilizing the power of the people to combat these threats, empower individuals to participate in our elections and defend our democracy.

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.

The Democracy Is For People Campaign has senior staff in our Washington, D.C. and Syracuse, New York offices and has a team of remote interns and fellows working throughout the country.


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, including locally and in key states, to get them involved in strategic campaigns;
  • develop issues and/or organizing expertise through dedicated assignments;
  • conduct social media and online outreach to build campaign visibility and assisting with press outreach and events;
  • reach out to potential partner organizations and officials to gain their endorsement and support;
  • research and write on current topics regarding money in politics and election security.
  • Conducting social media and online outreach to build campaign visibility and assisting with press outreach and events

This is your chance to truly play an active role in making an impact in our nation’s history.

To Apply:

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 Summer 2024.**

Public Citizen offers unpaid internships (credit can be arranged) and a small number of paid internships ($17 an hour).  To be considered for a paid internship for Summer 2024, candidates must apply by March 25, 2024, and submit materials listed below.  Chosen applicants will be notified on April 15, 2024.

Please send your cover letter and resume to Public Citizen, Attn: Jonah Minkoff-Zern, jzern@citizen.org

Be sure to include what makes you passionate about the internship and past experiences you would bring to the campaign. Applications that are missing this key detail are typically not considered.

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).

We are currently accepting applications, and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to be competitive. Public Citizen is an equal opportunity employer. women, people of color and LBGT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.