Policy and Programs Intern

The Organization

Issue One is focused on the core civic issue of our time — solving the root cause of the gridlock crippling Washington and degrading our democracy. Founded in 2013, we are 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 prioritize working across the aisle to find commonsense solutions that transcend the partisan divide. Stipend provided.

The Internship

Issue One is seeking a spring intern interested in strengthening American democracy and issue advocacy who can jump into our stimulating office culture. We hope to hire an intern who matches our team’s characteristics of versatility, open-mindedness and iterative, strategic thinking.

Our interns are integral members of the team. We are a small but growing office where you will gain hands-on experience in bipartisan outreach and advocacy, communications and messaging tactics, legislative affairs, working with current and former elected officials, and much more. We also work closely with other reform organizations and will give you an expansive look at the important work being done nationwide to rebuild American democracy.

As an Issue One intern, you will:

  • Assist in research, administration and logistics in mobilizing Issue One ReFormers Caucus — the largest bipartisan group of former elected officials committed to fixing political dysfunction
  • Support our Legislative team by completing Hill briefs and targeted research efforts
  • Draft content for external promotion such as social media posts, policy explainers, activist emails, and memorandum
  • Support our Communications department by monitoring key reform issues in the media and conducting background research on select media markets.
  • Assist with organizing events and meetings to further our advocacy agenda
  • Other administrative tasks as assigned


  • Demonstrated interest in democracy, American politics and policy advocacy
  • Self-starter who can see projects through to completion
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite
  • Demonstrated ability to generate ideas and adapt to new projects
  • Strong organizational abilities and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently, as well as with a team

Each intern will be expected to work about 20-25 hours per week, during standard office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm).  To apply, please send a cover letter and resume as a single document to jobs@issueone.org with your full name and “Policy & Programs Internship Application” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.