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- Policy and Programs Research Intern, USA

Policy and Programs Research Intern

Issue One


The Organization


Our name, Issue One, speaks to our mission: We are focused on the core civic issue of our time — solving the root cause of the gridlock crippling Washington and degrading our democracy. Founded in 2013, we are a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to political reform and government ethics in order to strengthen democracy and return government to the American people. We prioritize working across the aisle to find commonsense solutions that transcend the partisan divide.



The Internship


Issue One is seeking a summer Policy & Programs research intern interested in democracy reform who can jump into our fast-paced and stimulating office culture to help us make our government one that is truly accountable to every American. Revitalizing our democracy is the core civic issue of our time, and we’re looking for someone with the energy and enthusiasm to help us shatter Washington’s do-nothing status quo.


Our interns are integral members of our small but growing team. You will gain hands-on experience in writing and research projects that will make compelling cases about why political reforms are needed. Your work will also help inform our legislative affairs strategy. The ideal candidate will love spreadsheets as much as writing term papers, with an appetite for ferreting out interesting data from campaign finance reports, the far corners of the internet and the depths of online databases. Ideally, you will also have a good understanding of how politics works as well as some experience doing journalism or other writing projects in college.



As an Issue One intern, you will:


Conduct money-in-politics and legislative research and writing projects

Monitor news and updates related to money in politics

Assist the Policy & Programs team with legislative outreach

Help with other tasks as required





Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, or a recent graduate 

Demonstrated interest in campaign finance reform, government and policy

Excellent written and verbal communications skills

Excellent computer skills (Mac and PC, MS Office, including Microsoft Excel; Google Docs/Sheets)

Strong organizational abilities

Outstanding attention to detail

Ability to work independently, as well as with a team


Each intern will be expected to work about 40 hours per week, during standard office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). To apply, please send a cover letter and resume as a single document to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Job posted on 20th April 2018

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