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Deadline for Summer 2019 applications is April 15th. — The application process is closed. We are no longer accepting resumes for the Summer program. 

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.

For Summer 2019 we will begin offering paid internships.

National Office Internships

Based in Washington, DC

  • Press/Communications 
  • Digital Intern
  • Legislative/Advocacy
  • Human Resources/Operations 
  • Fundraising/Development

State Office Internships

  • California
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  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas

“Working as an intern this summer at Common Cause was a great professional experience. I was given the opportunity to draft original content that was published on the blog, Democracy Wire. I also had the opportunity to meet leaders from the government and non-profit sectors through attending meetings, conference calls, and events in Washington, D.C. Common Cause is a dynamic office where I had the independence to work on many different tasks—from communications to advocacy and research. I left feeling inspired by the work I had done and by the work of the organization as a whole.”

– Jane Hood  (Fall 2018)


Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create an open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promotes equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empowers all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Founded almost 50 years ago, Common Cause has more than 1.2 million members and 30 state organizations that are working to support our efforts across the country. More information can be found at www.commoncause.org.

Common Cause is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applicants of any race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, income class, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or marital status, as well as applicants who have been previously incarcerated.



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