Family Research Council Policy and Research Internship

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Family Research Council
801 G St. NW
Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 9 Full-time, Paid (College Credit Required)

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Family Research Council
The Internship Experience

Given our 30 years of experience in public policy research and development, our renowned experts and our strategic location in Washington, D.C. our internship is designed to prepare students who are passionate about public service; students who want to make a difference. We train inquisitive, eager, undergraduate and graduate students by:
•Educating on policy issues which are core to FRC's mission
•Equipping interns for professional careers by providing practical, hands-on research and administrative work experience, overseen by an FRC expert
•Encouraging interns in the exploration of their own career paths

Under the guidance of an FRC expert, interns develop research and writing skills by conducting, compiling and distributing research. FRC's expertise includes areas such as sanctity of life, marriage and family, religious liberty, education, bio-ethics, human sexuality, legislative lobbying and judicial activism.

Applicants must be college upper-classmen (juniors or above are preferred) or graduates who have achieved a 3.0 or higher grade point average. Applications are received on a rolling-admissions basis; there are no admissions deadlines.

Intern placements are made according to the student's interests and experience. Opportunities are available in public policy development, government relations, cultural studies, press and media relations, and state and local affairs. For more information, call: 202-637-4685

FRC interns are paid $100.00 per week. Stipend checks are paid on a bi-monthly basis.

Due to the generosity of our donors, FRC is able to provide free intern housing. FRC interns stay in The Congressional Apartment Building, located one block east of the Supreme Court on Capital Hill. The Congressional is owned by WISH (Washington Intern Student Housing).
The Congressional's location is in the heart of the city, placing interns within walking distance of most of Washington D.C.'s historic sites. Interns can avail themselves of various educational and professional opportunities (lectures, receptions, etc.) in the area.

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The Washington Scholars Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with substantial training in social science research and its application to political and cultural issues. Washington Scholars conduct long-term, in-depth research of peer-reviewed social science publications and compile their findings into Synthesis Papers. Eventually, these papers are published, bringing arcane scientific findings to the ready grasp of policy makers, the media and the general public.

These papers make powerful arguments in support of marriage, family and religion. The evidence is in the facts -- the sociological data. The Washington Scholars are making it accessible to the world.

FRC Internships include:

FRC Action PAC Intern:

The FRC Action PAC intern assists in areas such as researching vital political races, writing backgrounders, attending fundraising events, and meeting with political candidates. The PAC intern will occasionally assists in off-site events and special research projects. Helpful skills include an ability to work under deadlines and strong knowledge of the American political landscape.

Media Intern:

The media intern enjoys a variety of media related activities including writing press releases for events at FRC, writing blog posts that are sent to various Congressional offices to be sent out on their social media, attending hearings and press conferences, and making calls to media outlets to notify them of FRC-related events in their area. Helpful skills include: good writing abilities, a sense of what would make a good news story familiarity with Associated Press (AP)-style news writing, and an enjoyment of keeping up to date on current events.

Government Affairs Intern

The Government Affairs intern maintains FRC's legislative tracking system by routine categorization of bills, assists the GA department in phone communication with Congressional offices, team projects, editing FRC Action alerts, and providing bills from the legislative tracking system to aid FRC staff in creating model legislation for the states. Helpful skills include a strong interest in the legislative process and an understanding of the American governmental system.

Executive Intern
The Executive intern assists the FRC President and Executive staaff on special research projects, radio preparation and transcription, special events, and other projects. The Executive intern should be comfortable with self-directed work and be prepared to work under deadlines.

Specialized Internships

Specialized internships are available in bioethics, legal issues, development, accounting, and other areas. Specialized internships are awarded on the basis of student skill and interest in the special area and usually require additional demonstration of specific experience or education.


College experience
GPA of 3.0 or better

How To Apply

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