Position Available – Research Intern
Spring 2006 (January-May 2006)

(see the Field Internship)

The position is at Congress Watch, a division of Public Citizen, a national, non-partisan, 150,000-member public interest group. Congress Watch advocates before Congress and the Executive Branch on campaign finance reform, government and corporate accountability, consumer legal rights and public health and product safety through lobbying, public education, research and media outreach.

DESCRIPTION: The research internship provides students with a better understanding of how investigative and public policy research plays a role in debate over federal legislation and in public interest advocacy work. Interns work as full-fledged members of the staff, which includes research, lobbying and field organizing departments.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
1.  Provide basic research support such as conducting on-line searches and compiling and analyzing                   original documents. Interns are guided toward original documents (on-line sources, Library of Congress resources, governmental and non-governmental agencies, etc.).

2. Prepare research material for incorporation into studies, fact sheets, position papers and other material. Perform numerous database-related tasks including generating charts and reports.

3. Provide general administrative support to the research staff, such as entering and proofing data, and database maintenance.

REQUIREMENTS:
1. Knowledge:  Some familiarity with public policy issues helpful.

2.  Work Experience: Some demonstrated research and writing experience; previous public interest work preferred.

3. Skills: Good analytical skills; good organizational skills; proficiency in use of computer and      Internet research; familiarity with databases (preferably Access) desirable.   

4.  Capabilities: Conscientious, accurate and tenacious; can-do attitude and commitment to public interest work important.

SALARY/BENEFITS: Stipend of $200 a week.

TO APPLY: Send a resume, and writing sample to: Taylor Lincoln, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, tlincoln@citizen.org.  No phone calls. 

Public Citizen is an equal opportunity employer and maintains a
non-smoking workplace.  Visit our website at
www.citizen.org/congress