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Governance Program Internship


Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation that invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. At the heart of our vision for the future are three core commitments: fostering more effective governance in the United States, modernizing our election and campaign finance systems, and strengthening our media and the public square to help people understand and participate in the democratic process. To date, we have committed more than $100 million in support of a healthy democracy. More information about Democracy Fund and our sister 501c4 organization Democracy Fund Voice may be found at and


Democracy Fund is seeking highly motivated undergrads, graduate students, and recent graduates from across the political spectrum to support the Governance Program for the Spring 2019 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 at least 4 days per week (32 hours minimum; full time preferred)
  • Experience in the field or enrollment in an accredited university program; individuals pursuing a Master’s or higher degree preferred
  • 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. 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 2019 term, the pay rate is $21/hour for undergraduate interns and college graduates 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, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply.

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