Public Policy Internships
People For the American Way - Washington, DC

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Winter/spring positions are full. Summer applications may be submitted, but review won't begin for at least a few months.

It was important for me to apply the theory I was learning in class and my passion for social justice to current political issues. At People For the American Way, I was able to do just that!

— Angela Simms, University of Texas LBJ School of Public Policy

People For the American Way is a nationwide advocacy organization that mobilizes its members and activists to fight for public policies that reflect the values of freedom, fairness, and equal opportunity; to champion constitutional protections and civil rights; to hold public officials accountable to those standards; and to promote strong democratic institutions, including a federal judiciary that upholds individual rights. The Public Policy department lobbies Congress and the Executive Branch on behalf of the organization to affect public policy at the national level.

The Public Policy department works on a variety of issues, including Citizens United and the corporate Court, executive/judicial nominations, and LGBT equality. The department has both full-time and part-time internships to help with the following activities:

Perform legislative and policy research

Perform legislative tracking

Perform media research related to policy issues

Draft letters to Congress and fact sheets

Assist with various lobbying efforts

Attend hearings, briefings, press conferences, coalition meetings, and other internal and external events

Provide administrative support

Other duties as assigned

Internships are unpaid, but we will work with students to arrange academic credit and meet other requirements.