Spring 2020 Policy & Programs Internship

The Organization:

Our name, Issue One, speaks to our mission: We are 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. To do that, we are building the bipartisan coalition we need to win game-changing reform, and educating lawmakers and the public about pragmatic, bipartisan solutions. This is a paid position.

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, drafting policy memorandum, and conducting independent legislative research
  • Support our Advocacy Campaign by completing congressional district research, analysis and other political organizing projects as assigned
  • 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 political reform agenda
  • Attend and report back on outside events and Congressional hearings
  • Other administrative tasks as assigned


  • Demonstrated interest in democracy, American politics and political advocacy
  • Self-starter who can see projects through to completion
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Positive attitude and willingness to try new things
  • 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

This intern will be expected to work 20-24 hours between 9AM and 5PM, Monday-Friday. Schedule is flexible and can be negotiated. ​Issue One offers compensation in the form of a stipend of $120 a day (the equivalent of $15 an hour).​ To apply, please send a cover letter and resume ​as a single document​ ​to ​jobs@issueone.org​ with your full name and “Spring Policy & Programs Internship Application” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.