Family Research Council Policy and Research Internship

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Given our 33 years of experience in public policy research and development, our renowned experts and our strategic location in Washington, D.C., Family Research Council is uniquely positioned to train students for careers of influence. Our internship is designed to prepare students who are passionate about public service; students who want to make a difference. At FRC, we believe that the Judeo-Christian worldview is foundational to a just, free and stable society.

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

Applications are received on a rolling-admissions basis; there are no admissions deadlines. Applications are reviewed and admissions decisions are made upon receipt of the application. Expect the admissions process to take three to six weeks.

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.
Interns can apply for placement during the spring, summer, or fall semester.


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.

Events Intern:
The Events intern assists the Events team with marketing, planning, and execution of several large events hosted by our organization each year. The Events intern should be comfortable with self-directed work and be prepared to work under deadlines.

Specialized Internships:
Specialized internships are available (based on departmental need) 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. Please inquire about special internships by contacting FRC directly.


The Family Research Council seeks interns who are of strong, moral character, who possess excellent research and writing ability, as well as leadership and communication skills. Applicants must be college upper-classmen (juniors or above are preferred) or graduates who have achieved a 3.0 or higher grade point average.

Visit to get more information and download the application. Please e-mail the application and supporting documents to Please have transcripts mailed to the DC office, to the attention of the Internship Coordinator. Questions? Call 202-393-2100 or e-mail

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