Political Reform Internship @ New America

July 24, 2019

New America’s Political Reform program is seeking applicants who have a strong interest in American politics and communications for a Fall 2019 full-time internship in our Washington, D.C. office. The position will last from the end of September through the beginning of December. Your main projects will be enhancing the program’s digital media presence and promoting two forthcoming books written by program fellows, but you will also assist program staff members with research, data entry, and miscellaneous administrative duties. This position also has the opportunity to help write articles and publish your own work in the New America Weekly. 

The Political Reform program works towards an open, fair democratic process, with equitable opportunities for full participation, in order to restore dynamism and growth to the American economy and society. You should be able to demonstrate ability and desire to work both independently and as part of a team on projects ranging from congressional reform to national security to race in politics.

You will have the opportunity to attend events on behalf of New America, and gain exposure to some of the brightest and most visionary thinkers in the field. You will also able to attend in-house events, professional development, and off-the-record policy lunches with fellows and staff from other New America policy programs.


  • Updating and amplifying the program’s digital media strategy and presence on Twitter and other social media.
  • Help organize and staff panel discussions, roundtables, book discussions, and other public or invite-only events.
  • Handling, monitoring, and amplifying the program’s constituent relationships.
  • Updating the program’s website.
  • Supporting the Political Reform program’s projects with research and writing.
  • Monitoring events and products of peer organizations.
  • Other various administrative duties.


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Proven written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience producing professional content for Twitter and other social media.
  • A keen interest in policy and reform--preferably on some subset of national security, congressional reform, lobbying, voting structures, polarization, and civic participation.
  • Comfort with speaking on the phone to booking agents and vendors 
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to juggle multiple deadlines and projects while working independently.

Application Process

Submit a cover letter with 3 references, a resume, and a writing sample of 3-5 pages of original research. We will accept applications until July 31. We plan to interview applicants in August, making final selections by mid-September.