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DC Internship Announcements | Spring 2016
October 20, 2015
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Washington, DC Internship Openings!

Interested in working in a Congressional office? How about a non-profit? Do you have a thirst for media and journalism? What about health policy or law? Maybe your calling is the performing arts?

There’s an internship for you!

Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA)
The Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), a major tax-exempt, nonprofit, and nonpartisan national research and information organization, has offered internships in Washington, D.C. in the fields of U.S., Latin American, and Canadian relations. These internships provide practical, entry-level experience regarding a variety of political, economic, diplomatic, and trade issues. Interns play an integral role in COHA’s activities, which include the following: issuing statements and providing commentary to the print and electronic media; submitting articles on hemispheric issues to regional and national media; monitoring human rights and press freedom violations; promoting constructive U.S. policy initiatives; formulating viable alternatives that seek a diplomatic rather than a military solution to disputes; attending briefings by visiting Latin American dignitaries; and surveying legislation focused on social justice and the expansion of authentic democratic institutions.
To apply, please send the following to COHA:
–   Completed application, Resume, Cover letter,  Brief writing sample (two pages), Unofficial transcript, and two letters of recommendation. In your cover letter, make sure that you explain why you are interested in interning for COHA and how you would contribute to the organization. Email: internships@coha.org

Voice of America
The Television Branch of the Voice of America’s Africa Division is responsible for all television initiatives targeted to viewers in sub-Saharan Africa. Viewers of affiliate stations in approximately 40 countries receive our programming. Current programming includes weekly production of two television programs and other special projects. Interns help advance our organizational goals to provide quality and informative programming to African viewers. Interns also gain valuable and relevant television production experience in an interesting and exciting environment.
For More Information contact Roblyn Hymes, TV Manager/TV Producer/Intern Manager English TV to Africa – Voice of America. (202)-203-4827 or email rah@voanews.com.

US Chamber of Commerce
The Digital Content/Communications division communicates the U.S. Chamber’s pro-business messages by creating content for the organization’s leading web properties.
Job Responsibilities: Create social media content, proofread and upload web content, Track, analyze, and report web metrics, Follow news, events, and business trends to suggest story ideas; and interview subjects, report, and write for digital outlets. Background in journalism or digital communications and an interest in public policy. Experience working in the editorial department of a student newspaper or other publication or website is a plus. The internship could be part-time or full-time depending on a candidate’s qualifications and availability.
To Apply: Please submit your application and resume to Stephanie Ryska at sryska@uschamber.com.

Senator Richard Blumenthal
Senator Blumenthal’s office seeks interns for his Washington D.C. office for the spring 2016 semester. Responsibilities include researching legislative issues, attending hearings, writing memos, assisting with constituent services, and administrative duties. Applicants must be motivated, hard-working, and have strong communication skills. This unpaid internship is a great introduction to Capitol Hill. Connecticut ties are preferred, but not required. Full-time applicants will be given preference. To apply, please submit a completed application form (HERE), a one page statement of intent, current resume, school transcript (unofficial is acceptable), three letters of references and a short writing sample (500 words or less). Applications can be submitted via e-mail to DC_internships@blumenthal.senate.gov , or faxed to (202)224-9673 . The Deadline to apply is November 20, 2015.

The Woodrow Wilson Center
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is looking for qualified students (advanced undergraduate or graduate) interested in being part-time research assistant interns in the Spring 2016 semester. An intern typically works 12-15 hours a week per scholar. (The number of hours can be adjusted accordingly to fulfill academic requirements). The priority deadline to apply is November 15, 2015. We have started matching scholars and interns, but will still accept intern applications after this date. Internship positions are open until filled so applying early is strongly recommended.

Charles Koch Institute
The Koch Internship Program is an opportunity not only to work for a think tank or public policy organization in the Washington, DC area, but also to receive valuable professional education and paid, hands-on experience. Designed for individuals who are passionate about promoting societal well-being through advancing free societies, the program offers a chance to develop your knowledge and skills, all while building a valuable professional network and an understanding of non-profit career paths. Interns receive a stipend of up to $4,500 (10 week summer program), or $6,300 (14 week spring program) for full-time work.As an intern in DC, you’ll work at a non-profit partner organization and spend one day a week with the Charles Koch Institute engaging in reading discussions, group projects, lectures, and Market-Based Management® workshops.  Internship roles vary, and include policy research, communications, operations, donor relations, and more. Apply here!

Representative F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (WI)
Team Sensenbrenner is accepting intern applications for Spring Semester 2016 now! The Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Representative F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. of Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District welcomes all applications. Wisconsin connections are appreciated. Interested candidates may send a résumé and letter in PDF form to Michael.Steger@mail.house.gov .
Emails should be entitled “internship application”.

New America Foundation
The health policy intern or fellow will work closely with Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal (ret.), Former US Assistant Surgeon General and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, on issues including national health policy and reform implementation under the Affordable Care Act of 2010, global health, women’s health, the application of health information technology, obesity prevention, food insecurity, global health issues including HIV/AIDS and other important health concerns. A special focus of the problem is the application of technology to advance health.
Please email healthcommission@gmail.com with the following materials: A cover letter, An up-to-date resume including relevant coursework and GPA, a transcript, One or more writing samples ( At least 3 pages each), SAT, ACT, and/or MCAT scores, Please direct all questions to healthcommission@gmail.com.

Representative Bill Johnson (OH)
The office of Congressman Bill Johnson (R-OH) is currently seeking highly motivated and organized applicants for a full or part-time unpaid internship for the 2016 spring internship program. The internship is scheduled to run from January 11 to May 6. Candidates should possess an interest in the legislative process, excellent communication skills, and attention to detail. Responsibilities will mostly include, but are not limited to: answering phones, leading tours of the U.S. Capitol, attending and summarizing hearings and/or briefings for legislative staff, and performing various administrative tasks. Ohio ties are preferred, but are not required. The months of the internship may vary depending on the availability or school schedule of the applicant.
If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to intern.oh06@gmail.com with “2016 Spring Internship” in the subject line.

The Normandy Group
The Normandy Group offers year-round internship opportunities designed to provide a comprehensive “Washington-focused” experience to college students.  During their time in Washington, interns at The Normandy Group assist the firm’s partners and staff on a daily basis to provide a full level of services to The Normandy Group’s clientele.  Interns are viewed as important members of our team and have a unique opportunity to participate directly in the public policy process at the federal level.  Internship responsibilities will include: attending Congressional hearings and briefings;  Administrative policy research and writing; researching and tracking federal legislation; attending meetings and events with Members of Congress and their staffs; and providing general administrative support.
If you are interested in The Normandy Group’s internship program, please send your resume and a cover letter to Rachael Smyth:rsmyth@thenormandygrp.com.

Senator Barbara Boxer
The DC Office of Senator Barbara Boxer is seeking personable, dependable, and professional individuals for full and part-time unpaid internships for the winter quarter. Responsibilities include but are not limited to, answering phones, processing mail, and other administrative duties as assigned, as well as providing support to press and legislative staff as needed.  We also encourage interns to attend committee hearings and briefings.  This internship is a valuable opportunity to see how the Senate office functions and is ideal for motivated, self-starting, and quick-learning individuals.  The ability to work well and communicate efficiently in a team environment is essential.  California ties are preferred, but not required.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, two-page writing sample, and a completed intern application form.  The application deadline is November 1st.

Washington Performing Arts Center
Interns at Washington Performing Arts have the opportunity to work on meaningful projects that impact both the organization and the D.C. community.  This spring we are seeking highly motivated, creative, hard-working individuals to intern in the following areas: Choral Management, Development, Education, External, Relations , and the Mars Urban Arts Intitative. To apply, students should send the following items to the attention of Wynsor Taylor via email at wtaylor@washigntonperformingarts.org : Cover letter, Resume, Contact Information for 2 Professional References. The application deadline for spring internships is Monday, November 2. For more information about the internship program at Washington Performing Arts, please visit our website.