Development Internship


This unpaid internship with Public Citizen provides the opportunity to gain practical knowledge, hands-on experience and research skills in events and fundraising. This internship is well-suited for undergraduate and graduate students who wish to enhance their qualifications and gain insight into what it means to identify prospects, research donors, and gain experience as a development professional with a national public interest organization.

Working closely with senior staff in the development department, the intern will do work including:  prospect research, entering data into various platforms, organizing and categorizing our files and systems, and supporting various projects in the development office.

Public Citizen is a great place to “learn the ropes” if you are considering a career in social justice and public interest work. We will guide your learning experience and make every effort to give you projects that will build your professional portfolio. We want our interns to leave Public Citizen with skills that translate directly to the next step in their careers.

Desired Qualifications

Applicants should be curious, critical thinkers with strong research and communication skills.  Applicants must be able to write and work proficiently in English, meet deadlines and handle tasks responsibly. Experience using Microsoft Word and Excel is a must.

Our work

Public Citizen advocates for the American public before Congress, administrative agencies, and the courts. For nearly 50 years, Public Citizen has worked to enhance congressional ethics requirements, stopped industry efforts to rollback public protections, and helped to enact significant laws benefiting consumers. We also work to empower people across the country to advocate effectively by equipping them with carefully researched information and the tools they need to become active, informed citizens.

Internship period

30 hours a week for 8 or more weeks


Public Citizen

1600 20th Street NW

Washington, DC 20009

Metro: Dupont Circle, north exit

Application Process

Please email your cover letter noting why you would like to work with us, your resume and a writing sample to:

Amanda Fleming

Public Citizen