Summer 2021, Advocacy Intern

Work Location: Washington, DC - US
Requisition Number: 1151
# of Openings: 1


Advocacy Intern



Freedom House monitors, strengthens, and defends democracy worldwide through programs that support frontline activists, research, and advocacy. We are leaders in identifying threats to civil liberties and political rights, and never in our 80-year history has our work mattered more.


This is a temporary internship with a $500.00/month stipend for full time (30+ hours/week) or a $300.00 stipend for part time (<30hours/week).


Program Overview:

The Freedom House advocacy team leads our engagement with the U.S. government – both Congress and the Administration – and has cemented a strong reputation for the organization throughout Washington, DC. With specialized expertise in U.S. foreign policy and the American legislative system, the team turns Freedom House’s research and programmatic expertise into concrete policy recommendations for the U.S. government. We work closely with agency officials and Hill staff, advocating for U.S. leadership on democracy, human rights, and governance (DRG) issues, including consistent DRG funding and specific legislative proposals to strengthen DRG globally and to constrain authoritarian regimes’ ability to take advantage of free and open democracies.


Intern Responsibilities:

The Advocacy Intern will assist with outreach to congressional offices, take notes for (virtual) congressional hearings and events, research and track congressional activity on democracy issues, and assist with the creation and distribution of external content for Freedom House. Additionally, the Advocacy Intern will update and maintain our internal contacts database, assemble contact lists and other spreadsheets in Excel, and assist with event planning and scheduling. The Advocacy Intern may be asked to perform other administrative duties and responsibilities as needed.


Additional Considerations:


  • Political science, public policy, international relations, or marketing/communications majors preferred


Specialized Skills:

  • Experience working for or with Congress preferred
  • Knowledge of the U.S. legislative system and processes
  • Interest in and knowledge of democracy issues
  • Excellent internet research and documentation skills
  • Excellent writing, proofreading, and editing skills
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Strong ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and multi-task to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to conduct oneself with appropriate comportment around high-level government officials


Work Environment and Physical Demands: 
Essential functions are typically performed remotely on a computer using a combination of email and video conferencing. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job.  It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties.  The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder may differ from those outlined in the job description and that other duties, as assigned, may be part of the job. Freedom House may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.


Qualified and Interested Applicants:

We invite qualified candidates to submit an online application, including a resume and cover letter. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Please submit applications by April 16, 2021.

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