DC Internships with the Center for Effective Government

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Center for Effective Government
2040 S Street, NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC
Posted: July 29 2015
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 6 Part-time, Paid

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For thirty years the Center for Effective Government has been working to build an open, accountable government that invests in the common good, protects people and the environment, and advances the national priorities defined by an active, informed citizenry. Our vision is one of a just and democratic society in which every individual can thrive.

To ensure government is effective and responsive to the priorities of the American people, we conduct policy research and develop policy proposals; create tools to encourage citizen participation and government accountability; and build broad-based coalitions to advance these values. To ensure the American people understand the vital role of government, we produce and disseminate educational tools and communications materials.

We are a resource for policymakers, the media, advocacy groups, community organizations, and the public.

We are looking for interns who want to join us in advocating for a robust regulatory system to protect the health and well-being of the American people; a government that proactively discloses useful information to citizens so they can safeguard the well-being of their families and communities; and a transparent and effective budget process that generates sustainable investments in America and our quality of life.

Fall 2015 Internships

•Environmental Policy Internship: Monitor and evaluate new developments on environmental issues including hydraulic fracturing, toxic chemicals, environmental right-to-know, and environmental justice.

• Regulatory Policy Internship: Monitor and evaluate common sense standards and public safeguards that protect our national economy, safeguard our air and water, ensure food and product safety, and protect workers and public health.

•Coalition for Sensible Safeguards Internship: Defend our country's system of regulatory safeguards that protect our air and water, provide worker safety, and monitor Wall Street.

•Fundraising and Development Internship: Draft and edit funding proposals, develop ideas for donor communications, and assist with the creation of our annual fundraising plan.

•Social Justice Database Internship: Contribute to our social justice database that tracks thousands of progressive organizations across all 50 states.


Interns at the Center for Effective Government have the opportunity to perform substantive work that positively impacts public policy. Interns learn new skills, receive feedback and mentoring, and gain valuable professional experience in policy analysis, advocacy, and the nonprofit sector.

We offer a collegial work environment and flexible schedule to accommodate your academic responsibilities and work-life balance. If your school offers academic credit for internships, we will work with you to meet your school's requirements.

A monthly stipend of up to $500 may be available to offset housing and travel expenses.


Internship responsibilities vary but may involve:

•Policy Research & Analysis – Monitor and evaluate critical public policy issues

•Communications & Media – Assist with writing and editing blog posts, newsletters, and social media.

•Legislative and Agency Monitoring – Monitor the progress of legislation in Congress and the actions of federal agencies.

•Outreach & Media – Work with coalition partners at the national, state, and local levels to support our policy areas.

•Program Assistance – Assist with other program responsibilities as needed, including administrative and clerical tasks (usually no more than 15 percent of internship hours).



•Knowledge of, and interest in, U.S. public policy and governmental processes.

•Ability to conduct research on complex public policy issues and communicate the results of that research in a clear and concise manner.

•Excellent organizational skills and reliability.

•Strong interpersonal skills.

•Knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of programs, especially Word and Excel.

•Ability to work independently.

•Enrolled in or recently completed an undergraduate or graduate program.

•Available to work at least 15 hours per week.

How to apply

Email the following to Amanda Frank, Policy Analyst for Citizen Health & Safety, at internships@foreffectivegov.org with “Fall 2015 Internship” in the subject line: (Or "Spring 2016 Internship" or "Summer 2016 Internship" if applicable)

•A compelling cover letter explaining why you are interested in the internship, indicating your availability and preferred start and end dates, listing which internship(s) you are interested in, and mentioning where you saw the internship advertised.

•Resume (no more than two pages).

•Relevant writing sample (no more than three pages).

Visit http://foreffectivegov.org/internships for more information on our internship program and the specific positions

The Center for Effective Government is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status.



Required - American Politics, Excellent organizational skills, Highly responsible, Excellent communication skills
Preferred - Political Science, Public Policy Research

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