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Government Affairs Intern, Environmental Working Group – Washington, DC

Organization: Environmental Working Group

Position Title: Government Affairs Intern

Location: Washington DC

Dates and compensation: Fall Term (September through late December); Unpaid

Application Deadline: August 15

Description: EWG seeks an intern interested in public policy and environmental health issues to join our government affairs team. We conduct original research – poring over government data, legal documents, and scientific studies– to expose threats to health and the environment, and to find solutions.

The Government Affairs Intern will help shape policy that will protect public health and the environment on a broad range of issues. The intern will assist the many of EWG’s projects. Issues include:

  • GMO Labeling.Defending consumers’ right to know what is in their food by advocating for the implementation of mandatory genetically engineered food labeling nationally.
  • Reforming chemical policy to ensure that chemicals are safe for children before they enter the market by strengthening the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, ensuring consumer right to know regarding cleaning products, removing hazardous chemicals from personal care products and consumer products and promoting safer alternatives.
  • Energy Policy.Promoting renewable energy polices that ensure that we address our energy and global warming issues wisely including the phase-out of corn ethanol and support of sustainable energy.
  • Natural Resources.Working with local communities to protect them from the natural gas boom — focusing on chemical disclosure, clean water and mortgage protection. Protecting Western public lands, including National Parks, monuments and other areas that are currently threatened by significant increases in metal mining.
  • Working to ensure that Congress takes smart votes to support our food system from nutrition assistance to biofuels to food safety to organics to farm subsidies.


  • Research policy, legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Draft materials for dissemination to Congress and coalition partners.
  • Attend Capitol Hill hearings and events.
  • Disseminate EWG materials.
  • Support for legislative and Capitol Hill database.
  • Help organize briefings and events.


  • Demonstrated interest in environmental, public health and governmental affairs issues preferred.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including Excel and internet research.

Summer Term (mid/late May through August): Deadline March 31st – Unpaid

How to Apply: 

Applicants must send resume and cover letter including the title of the specific internship to which they are applying and their approximate start date to Scott Mallan at [email protected]. Position is available in our DC office only.

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