Finding Internships in Washington, DC

Finding Internships in Washington, DC
A Resource Sheet Provided by the Leadership Institute

Searching for jobs in Washington, D.C. is very difficult.  They are highly competitive.  If you have never visited the nation’s capital before, finding work can be a daunting experience.

At the Leadership Institute, we are committed to finding, training, and placing conservatives in the public policy process.  We want to help you find the job you want in Washington.   Here is a listing of the more prominent programs in the Washington, D.C. area.

Leadership Institute
The Leadership Institute’s mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this mission, the Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. As part of an intensive 3-month program, interns receive free accommodation, a monthly stipend, exclusive lunches and dinners with Washington VIPs, free tuition for all the Institute’s classes and workshops, and a $200 book allowance. To apply, visit the site, email, or call (703) 247-2000.

Accuracy in Media
Accuracy in Media is a non-profit, grassroots citizens’ watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and set the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage. AIM offers paid internships in its Washington, D.C. offices through its new program, the American Journalism Center. Internships are available in the fields of journalism, public relations, and marketing. Please visit the site for details or email AIM at

American Conservative Union
The American Conservative Union is one of the largest and oldest grassroots lobbying organizations. ACU represents the views of Americans who are concerned with economic growth through lower taxes and reduced government spending and the issues of liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values, and national security. The ACU promotes the growth of the conservative movement, and hosts the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).  They seek interns who adhere to conservative ideals to supplement the office staff with a variety of administrative duties and special projects. Visit the site to apply online.

American Legislative Exchange Council
ALEC is an organization founded on the principle that smaller, local government works better than federal administration in Washington.  They seek to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty. If you believe in states’ rights, then consider applying to work for ALEC in its Washington offices.  ALEC offers the unique opportunity to interact with state legislators and private-sector representatives, who collaborate on a wide range of public-policy issues. Internships with ALEC pay expenses only.

American Principles Project
American Principles Project is dedicated to preserving and propagating the fundamental principles on which our country was founded – universal principles, embracing the notion that we are all, “created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” By interning at APP, you will be working to strengthen the founding principles in our society, including political liberty and economic freedom, the sanctity of human life, and the integrity of marriage and the family, and the sovereignty and security of our nation.

Americans for Prosperity Foundation
Americans for Prosperity is committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens as advocates in the public policy process. AFP is an organization of grassroots leaders who engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state, and federal levels. College juniors and seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students who have a firm commitment to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity through free markets are encouraged to apply.  Inquire at or visit the site for additional information. 

Americans for Tax Reform
ATR was founded in 1985 by Grover Norquist at the request of President Reagan.
It is one of Washington’s leading conservative organizations, promoting lower taxation and responsible government spending. Americans for Tax Reform offers the chance to work alongside some of the best political advocates in Washington, as well as the opportunity for increasing responsibility. Interns are assigned to work on policy issues side by side with members of the staff. Duties include, but are not limited to, legislative and political research, drafting policy briefs, writing press releases, blogging, attending meetings, and assisting with events.

Atlas Economic Research Foundation
Atlas’ mission is to discover, develop, and support ‘Intellectual Entrepreneurs’ worldwide who can advance the Atlas vision of a society of free and responsible individuals, through respect for property rights, limited government under the rule of law, and the market order. If you are interested in helping develop conservative movements across the world, then consider applying to intern. With a global vision of advancing free markets and limited government, Atlas offers great work for those whose conservatism goes beyond the shores of America. 

Campaign for Liberty
Got Liberty? The Campaign for Liberty is looking for dynamic, liberty-minded individuals who are passionate about advancing the cause of freedom. If you are an advocate of Constitutional government, free market economics, and a non-interventionist foreign policy, check out the internship. Duties include: organizing and delivering petitions to Congress, representing C4L at regional conferences, executing projects, database entry and administrative duties as needed, and assisting with Programs, Development, Outreach, Operations, and Marketing.

Cato Institute
The mission of the Cato Institute is to increase the understanding of public policies based on the principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and peace. The Institute will use the most effective means to originate, advocate, promote, and disseminate applicable policy proposals that create free, open, and civil societies in the United States and throughout the world. Interns receive a $700 monthly stipend, and are directly involved in the production and delivery of Cato research. Law students receive specific legal work as well as an enhanced stipend. Cato considers applications for part-time internships as well.  Apply online.

Charles Koch Institute
Want to build your resume while advancing economic freedom? Designed for students and recent graduates, the Koch Internship Program offers a chance to develop your knowledge and skills, while building a valuable professional network and understanding of non-profit career paths. During the program, each intern works at a non-profit 501©(3) partner organization through a collaboration with the Charles Koch Foundation and spends every Tuesday at the Charles Koch Institute engaging in reading discussions, group projects, lectures, and Market-Based Management® workshops. Interns earn $10 an hour and receive $50 a month in Metro benefits.

Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute
The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute is dedicated to empowering women and challenging cultural liberalism. It seeks to combat the radical feminist movement and prepare conservative women for effective leadership. A paid internship at CBLPI’s Northern Virginia headquarters is a great way to meet leading conservative women and learn more about important public policy issues. Interns will help coordinate Capitol Hill events and may have the opportunity to be aired live on C-SPAN, publish opinion articles, and participate in conservative student events.

Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a public interest group dedicated to free enterprise and limited government. CEI believes that the best solutions come from people making their own choices in a free marketplace, rather than government intervention. They offer a variety of internships.

Concerned Women of America
CWA is one of Washington’s leading pro-life, pro-family groups. Its mission is to protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens – first through prayer, then education, and finally by influencing our society – thereby reversing the decline in moral values in our nation. They offer the Ronald Reagan Memorial Internship Program, which is one of DC’s most rewarding internships and pays a stipend of $125 per week. 

David All Group
The David All Group is an innovative team that works to achieve measurable results through its campaign style approach to interactive grassroots. They offer paid internships year-round for a select group of individuals who demonstrate enthusiasm for real-time communication and interactive grassroots.

Freedom Alliance
The Mission of Freedom Alliance is to advance the American heritage of freedom by honoring and encouraging military service, defending the sovereignty of the United States, and promoting a strong national defense. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student interested in national sovereignty and public policy, you are eligible to apply for an internship at Freedom Alliance.

FreedomWorks is a grassroots organization that fights for lower taxes, less government, and more economic freedom for all Americans. If you are interested in free-market ideas and public policy, you are encouraged to learn more. Interns may have the opportunity to monitor hearings and press conferences on Capitol Hill and at the White House. Interns may also attend conferences and seminars, conduct research on economic policy topics, assist with grassroots events and mobilization efforts, and assist with various publications. Consult FW’s website or contact

Heritage Foundation
The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Heritage offers an intern program during the spring, summer, and fall semesters.  Dedicated to improving young conservative minds, Heritage’s intern program offers weekly training seminars and accommodation in the heart of D.C. For more information, visit the site, email, or call (202) 546-4400.

Independent Women’s Forum
IWF’s mission is to rebuild civil society by advancing economic liberty, personal responsibility, and political freedom. IWF builds support for a greater respect for limited government, equality under the law, property rights, free markets, strong families, and a powerful and effective national defense and foreign policy. The IWF seeks talented junior fellows for a full-time, unpaid internship in their Washington, D.C., office. Three to four month internships are available in the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Students are able to receive credit for their time spent at IWF. To learn more, visit the site or contact

Intercollegiate Studies Institute
ISI’s purpose is to further in successive generations of college students a better understanding of the values and institutions that sustain a free and humane society.  ISI works “to educate for liberty” – to identify the best and the brightest college students and to nurture in these future leaders the American ideal of ordered liberty. To accomplish this goal, ISI seeks to enhance the rising generation’s knowledge of our nation’s founding principles – limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, the rule of law, market economy, and moral norms. To find out more about their fellowship or honors program, visit the site.

Judicial Watch
Judicial Watch, a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law. Through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standard of ethics and morality in our nation’s public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach. They offer unpaid internships in a variety of areas. Preference is given to college juniors or seniors, or law students who have a demonstrated interest in public interest law, government, or non-profit work. Visit the website or email for more information.

Justice Fellowship
The way our government handles crime and punishment affects all of us. Justice Fellowship works to reform our criminal justice system so that it delivers greater peace and safety to our communities. Want to help advocate for justice? Intern tasks include researching and writing about criminal justice issues, building relationships with grassroots advocates, designing media relations campaigns, preparing materials for and participating in meetings about legislative issues on Capitol Hill, answering inquiries about criminal justice from subscribers and supporters, and developing and maintaining Justice Fellowship website content. Interns also participate in Christian Worldview discussions based on the writings of Christian thinkers.

Manhattan Institute
The mission of the Manhattan Institute is to develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility. MI internships provide students interested in public policy with a unique work experience at a leading right-of-center think tank. MI brings free market perspective to key domestic policy issues, including budget and fiscal issues, energy, health care, education, and culture. Interns are given broad exposure to our work by contributing directly to various MI departments. Check out the site or direct questions to

Media Research Center
Are you tired of seeing liberal media bias dominate TV channels and newspapers?  Do you have a passion for politics, journalism, or research? Do you possess a firm understanding of conservative principles based on limited government, individual liberty with responsibility, free enterprise, and a strong national defense? Then apply for an internship with the Media Research Center today!  For a great introduction to the “fast paced world of news media,” visit the site or contact MRC at

National Rifle Association
The NRA is the nation’s leading gun rights organization.  Their mission is to preserve Second Amendment rights.  The NRA offers various internships, and depending on the department, some interns are paid, others are not.  Please contact Human Resources at 703-267-1260 for more information.

National Taxpayer’s Union
NTU is America’s independent, non-partisan advocate for overburdened taxpayers. The National Taxpayer’s Union offers a strong internship program for college students and recent graduates to learn more about limited government and free-market principles. Specifically, interns receive hands-on experience working to help achieve and implement tax reform and decrease wasteful spending. Internships are granted on a rolling basis. Participants may receive academic credit or a stipend.

Sam Adams Alliance
Do you have a passion for advancing free-market principles and policies? The Sam Adams Alliance is a non-profit dedicated to helping Americans understand, relate to, and support free-market principles and policies. To that end, they raise awareness and build capacity for organizations and individuals. They offer internships in a variety of departments. The Alliance provides a $40/day stipend for full-time interns and $25/day stipend for part-time interns.

Susan B. Anthony List
SBA List seeks to train pro-life and political activists, campaign staff, and candidates in the fundamentals of running successful grassroots and political campaigns; advocate the passage of pro-life legislation in Congress; dispel the myths about abortion through the media; identify, educate, and mobilize women voters to vote pro-life; and elect more women to Congress through the connected Candidate Fund which assists pro-life women candidates and works to defeat pro-abortion women candidates and incumbents who are opposing pro-life men. Interns will take part in special activities and experiences that foster personal and profession growth. These activities include meeting with prominent pro-life leaders and members of Congress and various seminars and workshops. Visit the site or email

Tax Foundation
The mission of the Tax Foundation is to educate taxpayers about sound tax policy and the size of the tax burden borne by Americans at all levels of government. From its founding in 1937, the Tax Foundation has been grounded in the belief that the dissemination of basic information about government finance is the foundation of sound policy in a free society. They offer a unique internship program designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to tax policy principles, and apply them in assessing and advancing public policy. To learn more, visit the site or email

Young America’s Foundation
Young America's Foundation is committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values. YAF is one of the conservative movement’s principal outreach groups and is actively seeking interns to assist with its ongoing program of introducing young minds to conservative principles through seminars, training, and speaking programs.  If you would like to help spread the conservative message across American campuses, visit the YAF site.  Interns are provided with a $1,000 monthly stipend.