Updated as of 11/29/09

Research Assistant Positions

Research Assistant Opportunity


U.S. State Department-funded Darfur research and advocacy project seeks talented undergraduate social

science students to assist in preparing a brand-new dataset recording the opinions of Darfurian refugees

in eastern Chad on the issues of peace, justice and reconciliation.

This is a unique opportunity for undergraduates interested in the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, post-conflict

reconciliation, the design of democratic institutions, public opinion research, and international human rights



Code Qualitative Responses. Students will help classify responses to open-ended questions and collect them

into appropriate categories. Responses to these questions will then be recoded in the dataset according to their


Clean Dataset. Students will help identify and correct errors (improper formatting, coding, etc.) in the dataset.

Prepare Final Report. Students will help edit and draft sections of the final deliverable, as appropriate.

Skills Required:

Strong commitment to meeting deadlines. Participating students will be helping to complete a critical

component of our project, and the production of the dataset and analysis are extremely time sensitive. The

project will require approximately 15 hours of work per week.

Moderate to high level of expertise in Excel and experience working with datasets. Familiarity with

recoding data is also desirable.

Finally, familiarity with the conflict in Darfur is a plus but is not required. Students who are knowledgeable

about the conflict may have the opportunity to make other substantive contributions to the project.

Timing and Supervision:

All work will be carried out between now and the end of the year, with appropriate breaks for exams. Your work

will be supervised by two research coordinators. One is a a PhD student in Political Science at MIT, and the

other is a student at Stanford Law School who is also pursuing a PhD in Political Science at Yale.

Additional Information:

The positions are unpaid, but students will be acknowledged by name in the final report, which will be presented

at the U.S. Department of State, the International Criminal Court's Office of the Prosecutor in the Hague, the

AU/UN Joint Mediation Support Team, and a number of European governments.

To Apply:

Send a resume and brief explanation of your qualifications and interest to You

must be able to start working immediately.




National Committee on American Foreign Policy in New York City!

The National Committee on American Foreign Policy is looking for a spring intern to help us out in the office with day-to-day activities and also work on long-term development projects. The intern must be available at least 10 hours a week, plus evenings about twice a month; the internship comes with a small stipend. Only current undergraduate students will be considered. More information is available on our website at or, alternately, on our Idealist page (, including application instructions and deadlines.

Spring 2010 Internship Opportunities Available

NCCNHR, the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in Washington, DC, is seeking interns for spring 2010. NCCNHR was founded by Elma L. Holder in 1975 to protect the rights, safety and dignity of America’s long-term care residents.  For more than 30 years, the organization has worked with its members to carry out its mission to inform, educate and empower consumers; equip citizen groups and ombudsman programs to be effective advocates for residents; and promote best practices in care delivery and the enforcement of quality standards.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about long-term care and advocacy while gaining experience at a nonprofit.

We have internships available in the following areas:

•             Policy

•             Consumer Advocacy

•             Event Planning

•             Communications

•             Development

Internship Details:

Internships are for spring 2010 – a commitment is needed from January or February through May.  We require a minimum time commitment of 15 hours per week (up to 35). This is an unpaid internship; however, we are happy to assist students to receive academic credit for their internship and provide a transportation stipend of $150/month.

Candidates must have exceptional writing and computer skills and willingness to work on a wide range of projects.

NCCNHR is located at 1828 L St., NW – just a short walk from two metro stops, Dupont Circle, the National Mall and more!

NCCNHR on the web:

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume to Rebecca Livesay, Project/Research Assistant, via e-mail to


Pi Foundation Internship
About the Pi Foundation
The Pi Foundation ( is a dynamic non-profit organization which promotes and sells re-usable, eco-friendly bags that are produced by marginalized women in Chennai, India.  This program stemmed from a collaborative with Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the Chennai-based non-profit, YRG Care, which originated in the fall of 2008. 
The Pi Project offers marginalized women in Chennai with HIV prevention education and intensive tailoring training to provide them with alternative, licit income to support themselves and their children.  Due to extreme hardship related to gender inequality and limited financial opportunities, many women rely on sex work for money.  Pi empowers these women by providing them with job skills, as well as information regarding budgeting, savings, and entrepreneurship.
Thus far, we have trained 50 women in a pilot study, 30 of whom have continued bag production nine months since the study has ended.  The women receive 90% of the proceeds in addition to a regular income.  The Pi women have successfully gained increased autonomy over themselves and their economic livelihood.  Research has also shown that by providing an alternative, sustainable income to transactional sex, women feel better about themselves and are better able to care for their families. 
About the Internship
Pi seeks dynamic interns for a diversity of projects related to the mission of the organization.  Individuals who have training or experience with business, marketing, fundraising, grant writing, web development, web design, HIV prevention, or women’s health are encouraged to apply. 
Interns must be self-starters, and an emphasis will be placed on best utilizing interns’ skills and interests.  Potential projects involve: establishing fair trade status; establishing a marketing strategy; identifying new vendors (such as wine shops, yoga stores, clothing boutiques, and other retailers); researching funding opportunities; developing a formal business plan; seeking outlets to publicize the organization (such as magazines and websites); assisting with creating grant proposals; identifying and soliciting potential celebrity support; revitalizing the website; and developing new mechanisms for tracking inventory and maintaining quality control. 
This is a wonderful opportunity to make a significant impact on the future of an evolving and thriving organization.  This is an unpaid internship. For more information, please contact Stacy Weibley, Director (202/365-2015; 
Although the organization is based in Baltimore, interns may also work primarily from Washington, DC and/or from home.  Length of internship and time commitment per week is negotiable.

The V3 Campaign Internship

The V3 Campaign is seeking unpaid interns or practicum-placement for graduate or undergraduate students for the 2009-2010 Spring Semester.

These students will not be making copies or bringing the director coffee – she’s capable of getting her own.  Instead, they will learn the ins and outs of developing a nonprofit organization from the ground floor.  This organization d was founded by DC Central Kitchen President and nationally recognized nonprofit leader Robert Egger.

Our mission is to develop a new generation of political leaders who understand the economic contributions of social service organizations, who recognize the potential of social enterprise and micro-credit to reinvigorate communities and who include the sector in their plans to rebuild the economy

Students will learn how to develop coalitions, write and implement fundraising and communications plans, develop long term strategies for grassroots campaign activities, and research and maintain data to create effective campaign strategies in a new and challenging environment. Students will also learn to develop policy statements with the nonprofit community that each state campaign can use to mobilize their supporters. The end goal of these projects is to launch effective campaigns in 7-10 states in conjunction with the 2010 elections.

If students have a particular interest in one aspect, for example:

data management, communications, fundraising, or policy, these interests can be explored in greater detail.  Following this internship, students will be prepared for any paid position at a nonprofit organization or advocacy organization.

Schedules are flexible, and will require that students be able to work remotely (lap tops not provided).  There will be a weekly check-in meeting that all students will be required to attend.  At this meeting, students will share challenges, update the team on progress, and work to resolve these difficulties together.  Students will, need to be flexible, as with any new organizations, things change rapidly.

Hours are flexible, but students will need to commit to 15 hours a week.

Preference given to Washington D.C. based students, but could consider highly motivated students in our target states. We will also consider students seeking late placements, or who can start before January.

Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to:


Courtney Sieloff

202.234.0707 x102

Affiliate and National Programs Intern Job Description

NARAL Pro-Choice America is a national organization dedicated to developing and sustaining a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive options, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.

Paid Internship Available for Spring 2010!

Summary: NARAL Pro-Choice America is looking for a responsible, dedicated, resolutely pro-choice student intern to work with NARAL Pro- Choice America’s Affiliate and National Programs Department.  Interns are essential in helping NARAL Pro-Choice America fulfill its mission and advance current projects.

Reports to:  Affiliate and National Programs Associate


§             Assist in coordinating volunteer program, including recruitment,

training, and managing volunteer nights;

§             Organize outreach programs to recruit volunteers and Choice Action

Network (CAN)  members;

§             Mail materials needed to activists across the country;

§             Maintain and update activist data;

§             Assist in tracking affiliate support;

§             Help manage materials inventory;

§             Work with the department to organize and execute trainings and

programs designed to build organizational capacity at the national level, throughout our affiliate network and in communities around the country; and

§             Other duties as assigned.


§             Minimum 6 months effective grassroots organizing experience or

activism experience;

§             Knowledge of and strong commitment to reproductive rights issues and

NARAL Pro-Choice America’s mission and goals;

§             Strong organizational skills;

§             Excellent attention to detail;

§             Good academic standing;

§             Ability to commit to working at least 20 hours per week,

occasionally including events that may be scheduled on evenings and weekends;

§             Ability to prioritize and handle a variety of projects


§             Ability to produce concrete results with minimal supervision;

§             Excellent written and verbal communications skills;

§             Ability to work effectively both individually and in a team.


The internship is based out of our Washington, DC offices.  The intern will be paid $8.25 an hour. Internships with NARAL Pro-Choice America are an excellent way to build your resume while gaining valuable experience with a premiere non-profit advocacy organization.  NARAL Pro-Choice America will work with your school to secure academic credit where applicable.

Start and end dates are to be determined based on academic schedule.

Submitting applications:

Please submit cover letter, resume and 3 references by 5:00 pm. on Wednesday, November 25, 2009.

to Becca Guerra either through email, fax or paper mail:

Becca Guerra

NARAL Pro-Choice America

1156 15th St, NW, Ste. 700

Washington, DC 20005

Fax: 202.973.2016

VisionSpring Business Development Internship 

VisionSpring is a cutting-edge social enterprise that creates jobs and sustains livelihoods through the sale of affordable eyeglasses to the 400 million people who need them to work and live productive lives. Through its ground-breaking “Business in a Bag” micro-franchise, VisionSpring empowers women throughout the developing world to start their own businesses selling low-cost glasses to those in need while earning income to support their families. A leader in Social Enterprise and Base-of-the-Pyramid markets, VisionSpring has been recognized by President Clinton for helping “hundreds of thousands of people and in the process creating a whole new sector of the economy." Praised as “innovative” by The Economist and “life-changing” by NBC Nightly News, VisionSpring is the recipient of awards from the Skoll Foundation, the Aspen Institute, the Draper Richards Foundation, and the World Bank, among many others.

Position Overview:

VisionSpring seeks a part-time intern (10-12 hours a week) to assist the Business Development team in its  fundraising and marketing communications efforts.

In this position, you will…

  • Research philanthropic opportunities to help build VisionSpring’s pipeline of fundraising targets;
  • Write content  for the VisionSpring blog, website, and annual brochure;
  • Provide ongoing  data entry and database management support to the Business Development team;
  • Compile best practices in fundraising and marketing communications strategies under staff direction;
  • Create training materials;
  • Be flexible and take on other duties as assigned.

You are…

  • Very comfortable working independently. You are excited to join small, fast-paced team of people without much extra time on their hands.
  • Obsessively attentive to detail. You format your word documents with military precision.
  • Passionate about writing. Seriously, if you don’t feel it, this position is not for you.
  • Eager to learn more about social enterprise, international development, and/or market-based solutions to poverty. You’ve studied it, you’ve read about it, and now you are ready to get your hands dirty in a cutting edge organization.
  • Enthusiastic about fundraising. You know that fundraising is the engine that powers organizations forward and you are ready to mobilize yourself and others for a powerful cause.

Note:  This is an unpaid internship.

Reports to: Vice President of Business Development

Contact: If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a resume and cover letter showcasing your writing skills and relevant experience to Liz Kaplan at .

Public Affairs internship

The Public Affairs department at Spectrum is looking for an outstanding and enthusiastic individual to join the team as a spring intern. The position will involve substantial responsibility and the opportunity to learn about the public policy process from a communications perspective. Interns will conduct research using Thomas, Lexis-Nexis and similar research engines. The intern will leave the position with Hill experience and the knowledge of how to target key policymakers, respond to opposition and work with experienced senior staff and consultants.

Preferred Program: political science, public policy, public health

Preferred Status: junior/ senior, graduate student 

Required Skills: The candidate should be dependable, hard working, team-oriented and able to multi-task; have a strong attention to detail; able to conduct media outreach; have strong writing, editing and interpersonal skills; have an understanding of the legislative process and a demonstrated interest in health and science policy. Also preferable: a demonstrated knowledge and interest in digital media.

Spectrum is a full-service communications agency that specializes in science and health. Founded in 1996, Spectrum brings more than a decade of outstanding results in media and public relations, public affairs, advocacy and regulatory affairs, branding and digital communications. Our team of science, health and communications experts works in collaboration to help ensure our clients' success.

 Apply online at 

Columbia Communities in Action Internship Program
*Upcoming Information Sessions and Application Deadline*
Looking for a Spring internship and want to be working with an exciting organization focused on issues that interest you? 
The Columbia Communities in Action (CCIA) Internship Program has opportunities at over 20 New York City non-profit organizations that are waiting for YOU! CCIA exists to provide students with civic and community engagement-focused paid internships.  These internships provide excellent opportunities to build, develop, and strengthen highly transferable skills in a hands-on environment.   

To find out more, attend an upcoming CCIA Info Session:
Wednesday, October 28, 12:00pm, Center for Career Education Conference Room

Friday, November 6, 12:00pm, Center for Career Education Conference Room

Monday, November 9, 5:00pm, Lerner Hall Room 402A  

Application Deadline:  November 15, 2009

Internships are available with the following organizations:   International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, New York Cares, Homeless Services United, Feed Foundation, AIDS Walk New York, Children for Children, American Society for Muslim Advancement, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Women’s City Club of New York, Jewish Child Care Association, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Civitas NYC, Vera Institute of Justice, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Human Rights Foundation, New York Urban League, and World Savvy                                                                                  
The Columbia Communities in Action (CCIA) program is sponsored by the Center for Career Education and the Office of Student Group Advising. This program is open to all full time undergraduate students in CC, SEAS, and GS - all majors are highly encouraged to apply! Internships take place during the Spring semester and a $500 stipend is included.  Those selected for the internship will be part of the CCIA program, which will provide additional professional development and networking opportunities throughout the semester.

For more information about CCIA and to apply for an internship, go to:
(Please note: Before applying for an internship you must apply for access to the On-Line Recruiting section of LionShare, which can take up to 48 hours to be processed.  Plan accordingly as internship applications are due November 15th)  

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The office of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is now accepting  applicants for Spring 2010 interns. Interns will aid our administrative and legislative teams. Responsibilities include: taking phone calls, processing constituent mail, and performing other special projects for staff. Applicants should be enthusiastic, reliable, hard-working, and have strong writing and communication skills. Interns will have the opportunity to attend briefings for the legislative staff and assist in the constituent correspondence process. Preference will go to applicants who can start in December.

Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and 2-3 page writing sample to  FL20DCinternresumes gov. The deadline  for applications is December 1, 2009.

Congresswoman Susan Davis

The office of Congresswoman Susan Davis is seeking unpaid interns for the Winter/Spring of 2010.  This is a great opportunity for students and graduates to learn about public service and gain valuable experience.  Interns field constituent inquiries, record caller comments, conduct research, draft correspondence, and assist staff members with a variety of special projects and public events.  Applicants should possess strong writing and communication skills.  These positions are unpaid but may fulfill college credits.  We give priority to students who live in the 53rd District, but all are welcome to apply.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Quinn Dang at quinn.dang@mail.

Congressman Joe Donnelly

Congressman Joe Donnelly’s office seeks unpaid interns for the spring semester.  Motivated, hard-working and professional applicants, looking to get a taste of Capitol Hill are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities include daily front office operations, conversing with constituents, giving tours of the Capitol, helping with Press work, and potential to assist with drafting constituent correspondence.  This is a great opportunity to gain some first-hand experience in the federal legislative process. Midwestern ties are preferred. Interested applicants should email a brief cover letter, writing sample, and resume to indiana02dem@

Intern with Congressman Mike Quigley

 Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) is seeking an unpaid intern for his Washington, DC office for the remainder of the fall semester. Preference will be given to those who can work fulltime.  Interns will gain experience in nearly every aspect of a Congressional office. Responsibilities will include a variety of administrative, press, and legislative duties.  Duties will include press clips, answering telephones, greeting visitors, assisting with the correspondence program, leading Capitol tours, attending legislative briefings, and assisting the legislative staff with research and special projects. 

Individuals with Chicago ties are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates should possess strong organizational and communication (written and oral) skills.  Previous IQ experience also useful.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Michael Lukso at Michael.Lukso@ gov

SPRING INTERNSHIP:  Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) is seeking applications for full-time and part-time interns to start immediately.  Duties will include, but are not limited to: conducting research, drafting letters, attending hearings and briefings, conducting Capitol tours, data management, constituent correspondence, and general office duties.  A successful applicant should have strong communications and writing skills, knowledge of Microsoft Word and Outlook, high academic achievement, an aptitude for learning new things quickly, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.  The internship is unpaid, but is a fantastic opportunity for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career on Capitol Hill or in public policy.  Students with New Hampshire ties are strongly encouraged to apply and will be given first preference.  Email a cover letter, resume, and 2 short writing samples (1-3 pages each) to carly.katz@mail.  No phone calls, faxes, or drop-ins.

Congressman John Garamendi

The office of Congressman John Garamendi is seeking unpaid, full or part time interns for immediate start and the 2010 spring semester.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, working with legislative staff on research and legislative projects, drafting correspondence for an aggressive mail program, administrative work, and assisting with special projects.  Applicants should be motivated, hard working, have a sense of humor and be able to communicate well with others.  California ties are a plus.  To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to jginterns@gmail. Com

Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey

Spring Semester Internships are available in the office of Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY).  In addition to assisting front office staff with general administrative duties such as answering phones, distributing mail and giving tours of the Capitol, interns will have the opportunity to work closely with legislative staff on constituent correspondence, legislative research and other various projects.  Applicants must be highly motivated, flexible and have strong written and oral communications skills.  

New York ties are preferred but not required. If interested, please complete an application by going to http://lowey. and accessing the “Internship Information” page through the “For Students” link. Applications should be faxed it to (202) 225-0546 or emailed to NY18Internship@ gov by December 7th.  For more information, please email NY18.Internship@ gov.

NYC Internship with Gillibrand for Senate!
Gillibrand for Senate is seeking highly organized and motivated
part-time interns for both the fundraising and the political/New Media
departments. This is an exciting chance to join a fast paced political
environment for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a rising star in the
Democratic Party!
Political Department Intern duties will include, but are not limited
to, research, day-to-day office operations, assisting staff members at
events, helping with constituency outreach, and assisting the web
director with various duties. This is a great opportunity for those
looking to engage in grassroots fundraising and further their
knowledge, understanding, and applicability of New Media.
Finance Department Interns will be involved in all aspects of
fundraising events from start to finish. Research skills are a must.
This is a great opportunity for someone interested in learning the
fast-paced world of political campaigns and fundraising.
Interns are expected to commit a minimum of 15 hours per week. Strong
attention to detail, good organizational and computer skills, and a
friendly/outgoing personality are a must!
While this is an unpaid internship, the campaign is happy to
accommodate academic or community service credit where applicable.
To begin working immediately, please send cover letter and resume ASAP
to nycinterns@kirsteng illibrand. com. If you would like to be
considered for spring semester 2010, please submit resume and cover
letter NO LATER than Friday, December 4th. Please include updated
contact information and clearly state the days and times you are
available to work as well as requested start and end dates.

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Washington, DC
Winter 2010 Federal Policy Internship
The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Government Affairs
office seeks an undergraduate student for a winter 2010 internship in
its Washington DC Government Affairs office.  Receiving more than $250
million in federal funds, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
Chicago supports a network of more than 120 health and human services
agencies serving more than 300,000 Chicagoans of all faiths and
hundreds of thousand more in 59 countries around the world.
Prior exposure to government relations, non-profits, and domestic
policy would be helpful. The selected candidate will gain exposure to

 Hill and the Administration, develop an understanding of a
variety of domestic social policy issues, and a first-hand look inside
the Jewish communal world.
The candidate should have excellent writing and research skills, be
able to juggle multiple projects at once, and have a solid foundation
in Microsoft Office. Specific responsibilities during the internship
will include:

 •Attend and/or watch congressional hearings and provide notes to
Government Affairs staff
•Prepare and update materials for Capitol Hill visits
•Assist with all phases of preparation for special outreach events,
including advocacy missions
•Compile and analyze surveys
•Research and draft documents on issues which include, but are not
limited to, senior transportation, aging, Israel, Medicaid, Darfur,
Medicare, Iran, and family caregiving.
The Federal Policy Internship is a part-time internship (flexible but
consistent 15-20/hour/week) . This internship is unpaid.
Please forward a resume/cover letter, writing sample, and any
questions to: or fax at 202-466-7092. Please visit gov
for an overview of JUF/JF’s Government Affairs Program.

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of migration worldwide.

Based in Washington, DC, MPI works closely with practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to analyze, develop, and evaluate migration and refugee policies at the local, state, national, and international level. MPI offers both Research and Editorial/ Communications Internships. Since MPI’s inception, the internship program has trained over 50 future global migration scholars.

Publication opportunities are available to interns and over half of MPI’s interns are now published authors in the field of migration.

Research Internships

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) seeks undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates for full- and part-time Research Internships. Interns provide policy-driven, quantitative and/or qualitative support to MPI researchers in one or multiple program areas.

Our current program research needs are :

Labor Markets Initiative Analysis of the economics of immigration, including immigrants' economic performance and immigration's impact on the labor market in the US and in other Organisation for Economic Co- Operation and Development (OECD) countries.

Migration and Development Analysis of migrant worker protections, remittance flows, and the role of remittances in development.

Mobility and Security. Analysis of security-related migration issues, including border management, visa policy, border and immigration exploitation by transnational criminal networks, counterterrorism, and related topics such as privacy.

Transatlantic Council on Migration Analysis of European immigration and integration policies in the areas of citizenship and civic participation, economic growth and competitiveness, religion and public life, mobility and security, and migration and development.

US Immigrant Integration Analysis of K-12 immigrant education, adult language and literacy, state and local immigration regulation, binational (US-Mexico) immigrant integration initiatives, and employment and workforce development.

US Immigration Analysis of current and proposed state and federal immigration legislation, effect of changes in immigration law and policy, and prospects for immigration reform.

The Migration Policy Institute is also heavily engaged in research relating to Mexico including analysis of the US-Mexico bilateral relationship, border systems and security, immigrant integration, social and education policy, labor market issues, and migration and development.

Research Interns may also:

Maintain or update existing MPI databases, including the Data Hub;

Write program summaries and prepare for MPI or migration-related events;

Assist in the production and dissemination of MPI publications.

Foreign language skills and computer proficiency prove helpful for certain projects, as do strong quantitative skills.

Editorial/Communications Internships

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) seeks undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates for full and part-time editorial/ communications internships. Interns work with both MPI’s Communications team and the Migration Information Source, MPI’s award- winning online resource and research tool. Monthly issues of the Source feature data and articles about the movement of people worldwide.

As part of their general responsibilities, Editorial/Communications Interns may:

Research potential authors and issues;

Fact-check, edit, and copy edit articles for publication;

Update articles’ database and monitor Web site traffic;

Assist the communications team in drafting and disseminating media advisories, press releases, and other external relations materials;

Maintain and research contact information on media outlets;

Track media coverage of MPI analysts and events;

Maintain or update existing MPI databases, including MPI’s contact database;

Write program summaries and prepare for MPI or migration-related events; and

Assist in the production and dissemination of MPI publications.

Application procedure for both the Research and Editorial/ Communications Internship

Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample to:

Human Resources

Migration Policy Institute

1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 300

Washington, DC 20036

For additional information, you may contact

Please indicate the desired internship(s) and, if applicable, program area in the subject line. Due to the large number of applicants, only those being considered for the position will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Applications deadlines are:

November 15 - for Spring Semester

March 15 - for Summer Semester

July 15 - for Fall Semester

Internships are unpaid, but stipends are available for full-time interns. Students also may arrange to obtain credit for their work.

For all positions, applicants must be at least a Junior in college, possess excellent oral and written communication skills, and be able to work both independently and as part of a team.

You need not be a US citizen to apply; however, all applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. Minority applicants and/or applicants from immigrant or refugee backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Training Intern

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Training Director, the Training Intern will assist with preparation for domestic violence trainings and technical assistance on specifically designated subjects and issues, including distance learning. Additionally, the Training Intern will also assist with the development of Coalition information and resource materials and research issues and responses within the domestic violence field.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist in organizing, coordinating, designing, implementing, and evaluating trainings and technical assistance to 12 member agencies and other collaborating partners
  • Coordinate print materials (in the form of reports, curriculum training material binders, and outreach materials)  
  • Facilitate and coordinate training to domestic violence service providers and other local and national stakeholders.
  • Other duties or tasks as assigned by Training Director


  • Demonstrated commitment to social change and community mobilization with experience in anti-domestic violence work
  • Committed to the eradication of violence against women
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to issues of cultural diversity
  • Knowledge of training methodologies and assessment
  • Bachelor's degree preferred but may be substituted for the required work experience (at least two-three years of relevant and progressive work experience)
  • Good computer, research, and communication skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and as a team member
  • Candidate must be organized and able to handle multiple projects and deadlines

Experience Capitol Hill with a political fundraising internship!

Political Development Group, LLC, a Democratic fundraising firm on Capitol Hill, seeks several interns for the spring semester (January- June). We are a small firm, yet we carry extensive political experience, and we raise money for Democratic incumbents and candidates for the House of Representatives. Our clients include Members in positions of House leadership, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

This is an exciting time to work in our office as we are handling a range of Freshman Members to House Leaders and one of our Members announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. We will be organizing new events and laying the groundwork for our clients' success. Intern projects include donor research, event planning, and administrative duties with the legislative staffs of various Members of Congress.

We provide Metro fare reimbursement. In exchange for your hard work, we will teach you about the political fundraising business, expose you to the workings of Capitol Hill, and provide great networking opportunities.

This unpaid internship requires a minimum of 15 hours/week and provides a great hands-on learning experience with good professional exposure. Your transportation costs will be covered. Political experience a plus but not required.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and two references to ASAP. Positions open until filled. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please call 202-479-2527 or email us with questions.

Political Development Group, LLC

499 S. Capitol St., SW

Suite 422

(202) 479-2527

Paid Spring Internship at the Reproductive Health Technologies Project


The Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP), a non-profit advocacy organization in Washington, DC seeks a Spring Intern.

This part-time position will begin in January and run through May, with the possibility of continuing through the summer. Exact start and end dates are negotiable. The position is paid at $8.25/hour. Intern will report to the Senior Associate for Programs and Policy.

The mission of RHTP is to advance the ability of every woman to achieve full reproductive freedom with access to the safest, most effective and preferred methods for controlling her fertility and protecting her reproductive health.

RHTP is an advocacy organization; we do not provide direct services.

We focus on improving the U.S. political climate so that more and better options are available to women and men for preventing or ending an unwanted pregnancy, preventing or treating disease, and also for having a healthy pregnancy. We do this by convening multi-disciplinary discussions that look at the science, ethics, politics and practice of any given reproductive technology, building consensus for action among professional medical groups, advocacy organizations, academics, and on occasion for profit drug companies, and implementing strategic communications and advocacy campaigns. For more information about RHTP’s work, we suggest you visit


*Provide direct administrative support to the President and other senior staff.

*Assist with day-to-day office operations including answering phones, maintaining office equipment and filing systems, and fundraising and grants management tasks.

*Conduct background research for specific project initiatives or immediate public policy needs, particularly related to emerging or current reproductive technologies, and summarize findings in a clear and concise manner.

*Compile communications and public affairs materials as assigned that may include media lists, media clips, and Congressional voting records.

*Assist with the coordination of meetings, conferences, webinars and events, including logistics planning, preparation of informational materials, and follow up.

*Attend various coalition meetings, briefings and conferences as a representative of RHTP.

*Prepare notes and meeting reports as assigned.


*Applicant should be pursuing his/her undergraduate degree, preferably in one of the social or physical sciences, public health, policy analysis, or other fields related to the position.

*Demonstrated interest in reproductive health or related issues.

*Ability to manage multiple projects and a variety of tasks.

*Excellent writing and research skills.

*Excellent interpersonal skills, professional demeanor, self-directed and independent, with a strong commitment to reproductive health, rights and justice.

*Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, database management, and Internet research.

RHTP is dedicated to diversity in staff as well as to an inclusive work environment. Please e-mail resume, cover letter, one writing sample, and a short application form (found here: to with “Spring Intern” in the subject line. The last day to apply is Friday, December 4, 2009.

Media Strategy and Event Planning Firm Seeks Intern for Spring Semester

Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications, a Washington, DC media consulting and public affairs firm, specializing in political non-profits, progressive foreign policy, Jewish and ethnic affairs, and academic research is looking for part/full-time interns for the spring semester.

The internship offers a great opportunity to work closely with many progressive, non-profit, ethnic, Democratic and international organizations. Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications is a unique firm that focuses on publicizing issues and planning events for clients with a wide range of issues as disparate as religious freedom, democracy building, women’s health, academic research and the environment, and from the Middle East peace process to Domestic American Democratic Party politics.

Given the relatively small size of the firm and the diversity of its client base, interns will be exposed to a board range of projects in the publicity and public relations field and will be actively engaged in their implementation. Interns will cultivate a working knowledge of the Washington and national political scenes, the pro-Israel and American Jewish communities and – not least of all – the media.

Intern applicants must possess strong written and verbal communications skills with a particular sensitivity to political nuance. A working knowledge of current international and domestic politics is required. Other qualifications include strong administrative, communication, and Internet research skills. Initiative, enthusiasm, a propensity for original thought and a sense of humor are also essential. Organizational skills are admired. However, the ideal candidates seek careers as political press aides, public relations executives, journalists or non-profit communication professionals.

This paid internship begins at the start of the spring semester. Please email you resume, cover letter, and references to Alix Fried at No phone calls please.

Financial Literacy Foundation IT Intern

The Financial Literacy Foundation (FLF) is seeking an intern for a leadership role designing the organizational website, updating database information, and implementing on-site, mobile data collection through the use of mobile phones or PDAs. This is an unpaid position with the potential to move into a paid job, working with a strong, local organization, in which you will gain solid leadership and job skills, and reap the benefit of networking opportunities.

Yes, parts of this job will be tedious (the database updating), but you will have creative input in developing FLF’s website and play a leading role in implementing the cutting edge use of mobile data collection technology. Currently, our website ( needs updating and improving; program staff will provide you with content and you will develop the layout and themes for the website. As with many non-profits, developing strong outcome methods is difficult and as we look to the future, leveraging mobile technology will streamline data collection and analysis.

We seek someone who will thrive in executing these tasks and show a desire to take on further work and responsibility with FLF. There is the possibility of growing into a paid role. We have a strong network in the Washington , D.C. area, and we are growing.

The mission of our organization is to empower youth and young adults through financial education and asserting control over their own lives, financial and otherwise. Our goal is to launch the future of all those with whom we work and we hope that FLF will be the launch padinto a sterling career for whoever takes this position.
Please reply to Deputy Director Jonas Singer at 301-461-0602 and via e-mail We look forward to hearing from you. 

Spring 2010 Internship – Congressman John Larson (D-CT)

The office of Congressman John Larson (D-CT) seeks interns in Washington, DC for the spring of 2010 starting in January.  The ideal candidate is someone who has a passion for politics, is eager to take on any task assigned, and possesses strong writing skills.  Duties will include answering phones, drafting letters to constituents, conducting tours, assisting the legislative staff, along with general office tasks.  Applicants with Connecticut ties are preferred but not required.  Preference is also given to college juniors, seniors, or recent graduates.  Internships are unpaid.  To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, a brief writing sample (no more than two pages), and anticipated start and end date to ct1internship@  No phone calls or drop-ins please. 

North Carolina Congressman

Democratic North Carolina Congressman is currently seeking interns to contribute to his fast-paced Washington, DC office. Duties include, but are not limited to: answering phones, drafting constituent response letters, conducting legislative research, compiling and entering data, attending hearings/briefings, giving Capitol tours, and basic administrative duties. Applicants should be goal-oriented, quick learners, and have a professional and friendly demeanor. North Carolina ties preferred. All interested applicants should submit a cover letter and résumé to NC8intern@gmail. com. Please no calls or drop-ins.


Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) has immediate openings for unpaid press interns to help in a fast-paced communications office.  In addition to general administrative duties, responsibilities include assisting in planning and executing press events, drafting press releases, conducting press research, helping with new media and assisting with preparation for interviews and tele-town halls.  Rep. McDermott represents Seattle and surrounding areas and is a senior member of the Committee on Ways and Means.  Internships are available immediately but candidates interested in beginning Spring semester are also encouraged to apply.

Please send cover letter and resume to ed.shelleby@ gov. No calls or walk-ins please.

Representative Marcy Kaptur

The office of Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) is seeking full or part-time interns to start immediately.  Candidates must have strong writing skills, the ability to conduct extensive research, and a high level of professionalism.  Duties include (but are not limited to) attending hearings, writing projects including memos, reports, and correspondence, providing support for Legislative staff, carrying out research projects, and basic office support.  Ohio ties are a plus but are not necessary.  Interested candidates should email resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to OhioInternship@ with the subject line: Last Name Internship.

The Jewish Federations of North America

Washington, DC

Spring Semester 2010 Internship Opportunity

The national office of one of the premier American Jewish organizations is seeking spring interns who are looking to combine their interests in Jewish communal work and national politics.

The Jewish Federations of North America, bringing the voice of 157 Jewish community federations and 400 independent Jewish communities throughout North America to Capitol Hill as a prominent force in health and human service policy decision making. Our legislative agenda is focused on bolstering baby boomer retirement policy, protecting Medicaid’s mission and funding, safeguarding non-profits from terrorism, and creating new alternatives for long-term elder care.  

The Jewish Federations of North America Interns will have the unique and unparalleled opportunity of exposure to a wide range of national public policy issues. Through this internship, interns will learn innovative approaches to stimulate community interest by organizing and informing local grassroots networks of Jewish federations. This includes day to day responsibilities of attending congressional hearings; taking part in advocacy/leadership training days; compiling and analyzing surveys; and researching and writing on issues which include, but are not limited to, senior transportation, aging, and family care-giving.

We are looking for students that are at least a sophomore in standing. A potential intern should have a strong interest in Jewish communal work, Jewish studies, poly-science, government affairs, or sociology. Office experience and Microsoft office understanding is required.

Interns must have exceptional writing skills, be able to work independently, and have good time management abilities.

Spring semester internships are available.

A stipend is available.

Please forward a resume, short writing sample, references, and any questions to:

Francie.harris@ or fax to 202.785.4937