Research and Policy Intern – Position located in NY

Thursday, Aug 18 2016

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The Research and Policy Intern will have an opportunity to work on in-depth research projects in a range of areas, including money in politics, legislative rules reform, and election reform.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Common Cause NY research reports are invaluable tools for legislative lobbying activities, media outreach, coalition organizing, and public education. Detailed and reliable research supports all the work done at Common Cause.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ideal candidates will possess strong quantitative skills, internet research skills, a capacity for clear written expression, and an interest in politics and social change. Experience with Excel and PowerPoint is a must, knowledge of Filemaker Pro database software and ArcGIS mapping software is a plus. Working knowledge of social media-i.e., Facebook and Twitter.

TO APPLY: Our interns will be exposed to a variety of government reform issues at the state and city level, while gaining a wide range of experience within a small office setting. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 15 to 20 hours a week. Internships are unpaid, however, a monthly MetroCard will be provided.

Please submit resume, cover letter and short writing sample (no more than 5 pages) to Director of Human Resources at and include RESEARCH AND POLICY INTERN in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

ABOUT COMMON CAUSE: Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring core values of American Democracy, reinventing an open, honest, and accountable government that works for the public interest, and empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard.

Founded 45 years ago, Common Cause has 475,000 members and supporters, and chapters in 35 states around the country. At the national and state level, Common Cause is actively engaged in defending and advancing the core values of our democracy, which include politics not dominated by money, full access to voting and fair elections, economic opportunity for all, an ethical and accountable government, and an open and democratic media. More information can be found at:


Common Cause is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, party or political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.

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