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Congressional Internship

The internship provides a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of the intersection of congressional outreach and developments in the national security field at a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC. This intern will work closely with the Director of Congress and Coalitions.

The internship will run from January – May 2016, with flexible start and end dates.

This is a great opportunity to interact with leaders on the Hill, in the progressive foreign policy community and gain hands-on experience.


  • Conducting research and compiling information on congressional candidates and opponents, including electronic and print media hits, statements from congressional websites
  • Tracking legislation and monitoring congressional activity; providing updates on the progress of key bills and resolutions
  • Attending and writing summaries of Hill events, meetings, and hearings
  • Communicate with offices to provide updates on key campaign areas
  • Tracking specific issue areas for ongoing projects
  • Assisting with event planning
  • Providing administrative support to the staff


Recent graduates and graduate students with a degree or anticipated degree in international relations, public policy or related field (political science, history, journalism, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Relevant research experience
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of team
  • Ability to work in fast paced and dynamic environment
  • Flexibility to handle diverse tasks
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Political and Hill experience is a plus

To get the most out of this internship experience, NSN is looking for individuals who are capable of self-motivation and working independently and in some cases with minimal direction.

Candidates should be able to work a minimum of 30 hours per week. A strong preference will be given to applicants who can commit to a minimum of 4 full-time work days a week, part of which can be completed remotely, determined on a case-by-case basis.


To apply for the congressional relations internship with the National Security Network, please submit the following materials to Nora Snee at by Friday, November 27, 2015. We would like to have a suitable candidate in place and ready to come in for initial training by mid-December. The subject line should include your name and the internship and internship period for which you are applying.

  • Cover letter, including your availability (hours per week and approximate start and end dates)
  • Resume
  • Short writing sample (2-3 pages)

Please note that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and that we encourage candidates to submit their applications before the suggested deadline. Only those candidates selected for a phone interview will be contacted. Please note that all while all internship positions are unpaid, there are unique opportunities to attend high-powered national security and networking events on the Hill and throughout Washington.


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