Spring Internships

The Democracy Fund is seeking bright, enthusiastic interns to work with us this spring. Interns will gain first-hand knowledge on how creative philanthropy can work to improve our democracy. Interns may be responsible for a variety of tasks, including:

  • Producing original research on issues related to elections, local journalism, campaign finance, Congressional reform, and media policy
  • Participating in grantee meetings, policy briefings, Congressional hearings, and other events
  • Supporting research and diligence about new grantee candidates
  • Compiling press clips, writing blog posts, and creating content for the Democracy Fund’s social media accounts
  • Helping to organize internal and external events
  • Completing and presenting a self-directed project aligned with the goals of the Democracy Fund
  • Working to support the administrative needs of the team with editing, scheduling support, photocopying or other relevant administrative tasks and functions
  • Assist in preparation and copying, packing, and mailing meeting materials

Candidate requirements include:

  • Strong analytical, writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to think creatively about solving problems
  • Ability to multitask while maintaining strong attention to detail
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • A deep passion for strengthening American democracy and a commitment to exploring a career in political or media reform

Preference may be given to candidates who have already completed their undergraduate studies (e.g. PhD, Masters, and law school students and graduates with work experience), but strong-performing seniors and juniors will be considered.

Interns will be paid on an hourly basis. The internship is based in Washington, DC. For more information about the Democracy Fund, visit www.democracyfund.org.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to Paul Waters at internships@democracyfund.org. Cover letters should include a clear description of the candidate’s available start date and availability throughout the spring. Candidates should also include an idea for a project they could undertake over the spring while at the Democracy Fund.