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Governance Program Internship, Spring 2020


Democracy Fund is seeking highly motivated candidates from across the political spectrum to support the Governance Program for the Spring 2020 term.

The Governance Program focuses on principled leadership and effective governance by supporting approaches that help our elected leaders deliberate, negotiate, and serve the American people. Our team is looking for candidates who have a strong understanding about how Congress and other governing institutions function and are passionate about ensuring those institutions work effectively in the face of increasing polarization.


  • Support efforts by Democracy Fund to improve data collection, knowledge management, strengthen learning systems, and foster a culture of learning.
  • Provide logistical support during meetings with reform leaders, political figures, and academic authorities—this may include note-taking, drafting memoranda, proofing and copy editing materials, and welcoming visitors to Democracy Fund's office.
  • Research issues in key policy areas relating to Democracy Fund’s strategic objectives and oversee regular database updates.
  • Actively engage with all staff at Democracy Fund as a capable and collaborative team member. We count on our interns to contribute to policy discussions and help develop solutions to some of the greatest problems our nation faces today.
  • Assist in evaluating grantmaking opportunities and with the preparation of internal memoranda and other materials that are part of the grantmaking process.


  • A deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • A strong understanding about how Congress and other governing institutions function
  • Willingness to contribute, learn, and respectfully engage with those who have different perspectives
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with a diversity of leaders and stakeholders from across the political spectrum and different walks of life
  • Ability to work full-time (35-40 hours per week)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Professional demeanor
  • Success in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Eagerness to learn, high self-motivation, and orientation towards details
  • Position is based in Washington, DC.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please confirm your availability for the fall semester, including ideal start/end dates and hours per week. Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to follow up with all applicants. No calls please. 


Democracy Fund offers a paid internship program in an inclusive environment that gives students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to make important professional contributions to our work. For the Spring 2020 term, the pay rate is $21/hour for undergraduate interns and $25/hour for graduate level interns. Democracy Fund is committed to a diverse workplace, seeking voices and expertise from people from across the political spectrum. Our board, staff, advisors, and grantees include Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Democracy Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where we encourage candidates of all ages, color, ethnic background, country of origin, race, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply.

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