Intern

American Oversight - Washington, DC

Internship$15 an hour
Skills
American Oversight is a non-profit organization dedicated to holding the executive branch accountable to the people. Through open records requests and the power of the courts, we are working every day to promote accountability and to uncover corruption, malfeasance, or other misconduct and to expose the administration to public scrutiny.

We are looking for an innovative and inquisitive college students or recent graduates to join our team on a rolling basis to work alongside our investigations, communications, and legal teams. Our attorneys use the law creatively to promote accountability and uncover unethical and abusive government conduct. Our communications team works with journalists and uses new media to bring public attention to our legal work and public scrutiny to the ethical problems and malfeasance we find in the federal government. And the backbone of accountability is investigating issues to pursue and understanding the evidence we uncover. All of this work requires initiative, skill, and creativity.

Our interns will be exposed to a wide range of research, communications, and legal activity within this active startup, including factual research and analysis, legal writing, communications strategy, and active mentoring.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in government accountability; be an avid and curious consumer of the news; be self-motivated and dependable; and possess excellent research and writing skills. Familiarity with content management systems is a plus. This is an ideal opportunity for a student or recent graduate interested in pursuing journalism, political communications, public interest law, or government oversight work.

We are a small team in a fast-paced environment. Collegiality and the ability to work effectively on multiple projects, balance priorities, and excel in a team-based environment is essential.

Core Responsibilities
Research current events to identify opportunities to uncover government malfeasance or unethical conduct.
Support the investigations team in reviewing government documents produced through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
Draft Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state open records act requests.
Draft press releases and blog posts.
Work with American Oversight’s staff to identify potential targets for investigation and organizational priorities.
Qualifications
This internship is open to current college students and recent graduates. Interns should possess the following:

Demonstrated commitment to public-interest advocacy.
Exceptional writing, research, and oral communications skills.
An interest in government ethics and accountability.
Sound judgment and the ability to analyze situations and information.
Ability to work collaboratively.
High degree of professional ethics and integrity.
Additional Information
American Oversight is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, and veterans encouraged to apply.

Benefits
Interns who are not receiving course credit will be paid $15/hour for a 35-hour work week.

How to Apply
Please send application materials, including a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest, resume, and writing sample to [email protected] with the subject “Internship.”