Public Citizen is a national, non-partisan, public interest group with more than 500,000 members and supporters. We take on corporate power and seek to advance justice and democracy, health and equality. We have worked for a single-payer, Medicare for All system for our entire 47-year history, and are now scaling up our campaigning. Our Medicare for All program is seeking new organizing interns for the Spring 2020 academic session. We are also pre-accepting interns for the Summer 2020 session.
Every day, Americans experience a health care system that doesn’t work, and they know it. People turned out en masse to protect the Medicaid expansion, and they did so around the broad idea that health care is right for all. Public support for a single-payer, Medicare for All system is surging, and politicians are paying attention. Now it’s time to seize the opportunity to drive forward the Medicare for All campaign, and to win.
The Medicare for All organizing internship is designed to provide a better understanding of the role of public interest activism within the federal and local legislative processes. The position is expected to give a broad experience influencing U.S. Congress and local government bodies as well as varied activities to build a background in public interest policy and advocacy work. The Medicare for All intern will provide support to our Medicare For All Resolutions Campaign, which coordinates with activist leaders around the country to pass city and county resolutions as well as mobilizing activists in target congressional districts.
The following skills and experience are desirable:
- Basic knowledge of the legislative process at a federal level and an interest in local-level politics.
- Basic knowledge of public health policy issues.
- Willingness to assist with all aspects of organizing and advocacy work
- Strong organizational, writing and communication skills.
- Ability to work at least 15 hours a week
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).
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and one or two writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org with “internship application” and the time period for which you are applying in the subject line. Writing samples should be five pages or less and may cover any subject. No phone calls please. Public Citizen is an equal opportunity employer.