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Sep 2 / BARD CEP

Public Protections Outreach Internship- Washington, DC

Organization: Center for Effective Government/ Coalition for Sensible Safeguards

Position Title: Public Protections Outreach Internship

Location: Washington, DC

2040 S Street NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, District of Columbia, 20009, United States

Hours and Compensation: Although the position is unpaid, a monthly stipend of up to $500 may be provided to offset housing and travel costs

Application Deadline: not given


Organization Overview

CSS is an alliance of over 70 organizations from environmental, labor, and consumer advocacy organizations to research, policy, and community organizing groups. The coalition is joined in the belief that our country’s system of regulatory safeguards (clean air and water laws, worker safety laws, laws regulating Wall Street) provides a stable framework that gives a greater quality of life and paves the way for a sound economy that benefits us all.

See: for more information about the coalition.


The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (CSS) is seeking an intern to work with the CSS coordinator to facilitate communications and projects among our over 70 member organizations.

A CSS internship allows interns to gain experience in the nonprofit sector and be a critical part of the team driving forward our coalition agenda. This is a great opportunity for individuals seeking to enter the nonprofit advocacy world. Academic credit available.


  • Help to craft opposition letters and legislative factsheets;
  • Manage overall web presence including social media, creating web content, and promoting our blog;
  • Participate in research projects;
  • Coordinating/facilitating communication throughout the coalition membership;
  • Attend congressional hearings and briefings; and
  • Observe and participate in the policy making and lobbying process.

Because of the diverse set of coalition partners you’ll work with, this position provides the opportunity to learn about the workings of policy making from several lenses and how the nonprofit community works writ large in the development and implementation of public policy.


  • Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills; detailed oriented; familiarity with general office software (Windows, Microsoft Word, and Excel required, PowerPoint preferred), knowledge and experience with website maintenance, blogging, and social networks.
  • Capabilities: Demonstrated relationship-building skills; solid judgment and critical thinking skills; ability to handle multiple details and tasks; highly organized; commitment to strong public protections and public interest issues; a good sense of humor.

How to Apply

Email the following to Virginia Robnett, CSS Coordinator, at (please be sure to mention where you saw the internship advertised):

  • A compelling cover letter explaining why you’re interested in the internship and the work that it entails
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (no longer than three pages)

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