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Summer 2018 - Political Reform Intern (Paid)

New America’s Political Reform program is seeking applicants who have a strong interest in American politics and reform for a Summer 2018 full-time internship in our Washington, D.C. office. The position will last from the end of May through the beginning of August. Your main project will be collecting research for the Laboratories of Democracy database tracking electoral, voter, and campaign finance reform, but you will also assist program staff members with research, data entry, and miscellaneous administrative duties. This position also has the opportunity to help write articles and publish your own work in the New America Weekly.

The Political Reform program works towards an open, fair democratic process, with equitable opportunities for full participation, in order to restore dynamism and growth to the American economy and society. You should be able to demonstrate ability and desire to work both independently and as part of a team on projects ranging from Congressional reform to national security to race in politics.

You will have the opportunity to attend events on behalf of New America, and gain exposure to some of the brightest and most visionary thinkers in the field. You will also able to attend in-house events, professional development, and off-the-record policy lunches with fellows and staff from other New America policy programs.


  • Supporting the Political Reform program’s projects with research and writing.
  • Handling, monitoring, and amplifying the program’s constituent relationships.
  • Updating the program’s website.
  • Updating and amplifying the program’s digital media strategy and presence on Twitter and other social media.
  • Help organize and staff panel discussions, roundtables, book discussions, and other public or invite-only events.
  • Monitoring events and products of peer organizations.
  • Other various administrative duties.


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A keen interest in policy and reform--preferably on some subset of national security, congressional reform, lobbying, voting structures, polarization, and civic participation.
  • Shown experience with research, as well as proven writing and oral communication skills.
  • Familiarity with data visualization and handling large research databases.
  • Familiarity or experience with state-level government or organizing groups
  • Comfortable with speaking on the phone to find research answers and collect data
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to juggle multiple deadlines and projects while working independently.
  • The composure and professional demeanor to interact with all levels of the public policy community.

Application Process:

Submit a cover letter with references, a resume, and a writing sample of 3-5 pages of original research. We will accept applications until April 16th. We plan to interview applicants in April, making final selections before the end of May.

No phone calls please

New America is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our clientele, our employees and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.


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