Learn to be a Public Advocate
Spring 2006 (Jan.-May) Field Internship Announcement

(see the Research 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 field internship provides students with a better understanding of hands-on public interest advocacy and grassroots organizing work. The intern works as a full-fledged member of the staff, developing professional online and grassroots organizing skills while working with our research department and lobbyists to expose and fight corruption in Congress, and to promote issues such as campaign finance reform and justice in our legal system. Corruption in Congress will be a major issue advocacy campaign for the 2006 midterm elections.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Provide organizing and communications support to the field department on pending legislation.  Interns will search and review various sources (on-line news sites, Library of Congress resources, governmental and non-governmental agencies, etc.).

2. Create and implement online organizing campaigns and assisting in the support of grassroots activists and local advocacy groups; implement grassroots educational campaigns with the public and news media; respond to information requests from local news media and national and state organizations; mobilize coalition efforts on legislative and advocacy campaigns.

3. Provide administrative support to the field department including database management, data entry, copying and other tasks as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS:
1. Knowledge: Basic understanding of Internet-based research and general computer skills proficiency. Some familiarity with public policy issues.

2. Work and Volunteer Experience: Some demonstrated experience organizing, either online or with grassroots groups; previous public interest work preferred.

3. Skills: Good organizational, writing and communication skills; proficiency in Internet research; some familiarity with databases (preferably Access) desirable.   

4. Capabilities: Can-do attitude and commitment to public interest work and good government required, along with a burning desire to fight corruption; ability to quickly to respond to new developments.

SALARY/BENEFITS: Stipend of $200 a week.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Ongoing until position is filled; work to begin in January 2006.

TO APPLY:  Send a resume, and writing sample to: Gordon Clark, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, gclark@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