Congress Watch, a division of Public Citizen, is seeking new interns for the Summer 2021 academic session. Public Citizen is a national, non-partisan, public interest group with more than 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 advocacy internship is designed to provide a better understanding of the role of public interest activism within the legislative and administrative process. The position is designed 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.
Possible issue areas for internship placement are: civil justice, financial reform, good government, healthcare, regulatory policy, and worker safety.
- Assisting Congress Watch Advocates with duties including: responding to information requests from Capitol Hill, the news media, and national organizations; developing briefing papers, reports, fact sheets and other educational and lobbying materials; and aiding issue advocacy campaigns, coalition building and media strategies.
- Providing research support on pending legislative issues. Interns will search for and review original documents (e.g. on-line databases, Library of Congress resources, and documents from governmental and non-governmental agencies) as appropriate to fulfill research requests.
- Providing a wide range of administrative support including database management, data entry, copying, faxing, deliveries, errands to Capitol Hill, and other tasks as assigned.
Knowledge: Basic knowledge of public policy issues and 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.
Public Citizen hires interns for the fall, spring, and summer semesters with flexibility regarding start and end dates.
Public Citizen internships are available year round. 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. **We accept unpaid internship applications on a rolling basis and currently are accepting applications for paid internships for Summer 2021.**
Public Citizen offers unpaid internships (credit can be arranged) and a small number of paid internships ($15 an hour). To be considered for a paid internship for Summer 2021, candidates must apply by March 12, 2021, and submit materials listed below. Our fall 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 5, 2021.
Submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample as attachments to Zachary Brown, (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line “CW-Advocacy Summer 2021 (or Fall 2021) Internship.” Please specify issue area of most interest to you, if applicable. No phone calls please. Please note: due to the very high volume of applications we receive, we are only able to contact those students who will be moving forward in the application process.