National Office Internships

Each spring, summer and fall, Common Cause offers internships in Washington, DC to students from across the country.  Interns work closely with national staff on grassroots organizing efforts, research and writing of policy papers and investigative studies, outreach to members of Congress and their staffs, e-advocacy, and fundraising.

Through training and daily work experience, interns gain a deep understanding of the workings of Congress, the Executive Branch and grassroots lobbying. Weekly briefings with key Common Cause staff keep interns up-to-date on our highest priority campaigns and the strategies we are pursuing.
Interns can receive school credit and Common Cause offers a travel stipend to cover costs to and from our office for interns receiving school credit.

March 9th is the deadline for summer 2018 intern applications.

Amy-Rubenstein"Interning with the Digital and Communications team at Common Cause was such a great experience for me. From the very first day, I was welcomed in as part of the movement to make our democracy stronger. Common Cause gave me so many great opportunities, from lobbying on Capitol Hill for voting rights, to speaking with local and national media outlets about events and press conferences, to seeing my own writing posted on the website. I worked closely with the digital staff as they promoted the issues and saw firsthand how Common Cause’s work translates into real progress and reform. I gained real experience in communications and developed digital skills that will be essential for me as I continue on in nonprofit work. Common Cause made my DC internship experience a great one, and I am thrilled to have been part of such important advocacy work."
- Amy Rubenstein (Fall 2015)

Program Intern

Program interns will have the opportunity to work in various parts of the organization on projects assigned according to their interests and abilities.  Past interns have blogged, attended hearings, conducted research, and helped plan outreach activities.

Research Intern

Research interns will assist lawyers and legal fellows as part of the legal research team.  They will conduct research necessary to create charts and information summaries for use.  Past interns have drafted rebuttal arguments for congressional testimony, attended congressional hearings, and compiled data for use by senior staff and policy experts.

Communications Intern

Communications interns will work mainly with our communications team to help produce web content, blog posts, email messages to members, and press relations materials. Past interns have helped create and maintain our website, written blog posts, processed and uploaded content, posted social media, and made infographics for events.

Digital Campaigns Intern

A Digital Campaigns Intern will work with our digital team as we mobilize our membership base to win campaigns using digital organizing tools and tactics. This will include: drafting, editing, and producing action-driven content for web, email, and social, assisting with our website content migration, fielding member inquiries and feedback that come in through various channels, and other tasks as needed. Plusses include experience with political writing, HTML/CSS, social media, or organizing.
As a Digital Campaigns Intern, you'll learn how to write compelling messages that drive individuals to take action, use digital tools to make an impact, and be part of the digital presence of a prominent advocacy organization.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to the Director for Human Resources at

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