Issue One is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to political reform and government ethics in order to strengthen democracy and return government to the American people.

We are committed to making meaningful progress and aspire to improve and change American democracy. We have a healthy disregard for what’s considered impossible, and strive always to think boldly and take risks.

We are an office of energetic optimists who know hard work must be balanced with fun and a relaxed, collegial work atmosphere. We value a positive work-life balance and back that up by offering a compensation and benefits package that is very competitive and exceeds what typical Washington-area nonprofits provide, and we invest in the professional development and wellbeing of our employees.

Below you will find position descriptions for our current openings. We are a fast-growing organization, so please check back for regular updates.


We are currently seeking interns interested in government ethics and political reform to join the Issue One team in making our government one that is truly ‘of, by and for the people.’ Our interns are integral members of the team and will gain hands-on experience in development,communications, public policy, event planning and many other areas. Please see internship descriptions below for application instructions.

Current job openings:

Communications Associate

Legislative Assistant

Current internship openings:

Policy and Programs Intern

Development Intern

Read “Why We Left Congress: How the Legislative Branch Is Broken and What We Can Do About It”

Issue One’s new joint report with the R Street Institute examines the legislative branch’s dysfunction through conversations with members who have voluntarily departed in the 2018 cycle. Read the full report and proposed solutions in “Why We Left Congress: How the Legislative Branch is Broken and What We Can Do About Ithere.