Monday, August 31, 2015

Internship Opportunity at A Wider Circle

A Wider Circle is now in its 14th year of service to the most vulnerable children and adults in our nation’s capital region. The average family size of those we serve is 4 and the average annual income – from all sources – is $12,000. We serve the neediest of the needy. We have big goals for being a force in the movement to end poverty and have grown considerably in each of our 14 years.

The mission of A Wider Circle is simple: to end poverty for one individual and one family after another. We work in partnership with those we serve and with those seeking to help to ensure that every child and adult has the chance to succeed and the opportunity to live well. 

A Wider Circle is a grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings on 10-15 interns each semester to work out of our Center for Community Service in Silver Spring. Interns play a significant role here; in addition to direct service and education internships, there are business, marketing, research, and strategic planning internships available.

We request that interns commit to working at least 10 hours per week (the average is 10 - 20, but some work more). Students interested in our internships may contact us at
If you have any questions about internship opportunities with us or about our work in general, please contact me any time at 301.608.3504 or at .

Law, Legal & Advocacy: Networking Night

Career and Internship Fair

Sample BSOS Employers:
  • American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI)
  • Congressman Steny Hoyer
  • First Investors Corporation
  • Maryland Community Connection
  • Montgomery County Police Department
  • Morgan Stanley
  • National Children's Center
  • Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
  • US Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
  • Yelp Inc.
  • And Many More on Thursday, Sept. 17

Food & Water Watch Internship Opportunity

Food & Water Watch is a leading national consumer advocacy organization that runs dynamic, cutting edge campaigns that challenge the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources, empower people to take action and transform the public consciousness about what we eat and drink.

For more information check out our website at

The Campaign:

In Maryland, we have a waste problem. Over 300 million chickens are raised here and they produce over 1.3 billion pounds of waste each year. Unfortunately, the companies responsible for this waste are refusing to deal with it. After years of polluting waterways, they're now trying to burn this waste and call it renewable energy.

As of now, burning chicken waste is classified in Maryland's energy standard as being on par with wind and solar. This campaign will pressure state delegates to pass a greatly needed bill to strip this classification from these projects. By removing this foul energy source from Maryland's agenda, we can imagine a future where clean renewable energy is actually clean and renewable, and the cost of poultry waste disposal does not fall upon farmers and taxpayers.  

We are currently seeking passionate interns interested in fighting for this campaign. This position is part-time, begins immediately, will run for 10 weeks, and typically require 10-15 hours/week. Flexible scheduling is allowed; internship is unpaid, but interested students can receive class credit. Interns will have the benefit of learning critical research, grassroots organizing and advocacy skills from experienced staff.

To apply, fill out this form and send a resume to (Subject line: Food & Water Watch Internship).

Responsibilities may include:
  • Building strategic coalitions with religious groups, labor groups, elected officials, citizen activists, businesses and students
  • Coordinating campaign events to engage citizens and pressure targets
  • Represent Food & Water Watch and recruit new activists at community meetings, festivals, and other events
  • Assisting in media outreach to educate millions of people
  • Producing printed and online materials such as action alerts, newsletters, and activist guides
  • Researching emerging issues to move campaigns forward
  • Bottom-lining at least one element of the campaign
  • Maintain strong records of work and assist with database development
  • Hold regular office hours and participate in weekly meetings with Organizing staff

Strong interest in Food & Water Watch issues and commitment to social change. Strong verbal and written communication and time management skills. Desire to develop campaign organizing skills.

Please fill out this form, send a resume to, and we will be in touch to schedule an interview. 

Call or email Taylor Billings ( (504)-621-6487) with any questions.

Internship Opportunity with the Maryland Democratic Party

The Maryland Democratic Party is now accepting applications for Fall 2015 internships. The Fall internship will run from August/September 2015 to December 2015 with the potential for an extension. The internship is unpaid. Interns will focus in several areas including fundraising, communications (social media), field activity, research, and political outreach.

 The Maryland Democratic Party Internship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, a unique opportunity to gain hands on experience in Maryland’s political process. 

Intern duties and responsibilities include:
  •  Draft communications for general distribution
  • Manage data lists
  •  Assist in event planning
  • Communicate with Democratic Party officials, offices and staff
  •  Build relationships with Democratic affiliated organizations
  •  General research
  • General office support and organization
  •  An interest in politics, especially Maryland politics
  •  Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to commute to our office in Annapolis
  • Interns should be prepared to use their own laptop computers
  •  Interns may be asked to attend events in Annapolis and around the state of Maryland
  • Interns must commit to a minimum of ten hours per week during normal business hours
  • Schedules will be set with your direct MDP supervisor
 How to apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume to Amanda Pleasant at

US Climate Plan Internship Opportunities

US Climate Plan has three internship openings in Washington, DC for the Fall 2015 semester:

  •  Policy Intern
  •  Communications Intern
  • Development Intern

Interns will have the opportunity to play an important role for a national non-profit organization focused on climate policy

For more information and application instructions, visit:!jobs/c17zc

Note: GVPT students who are interested in these internships may only be able to get credit for the Policy Internship position.

Bright Futures Scholarship for Unpaid Internships

WE HAVE GOOD NEWS! For the 2015-2016 academic year, we are excited to offer the Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship to undergraduate students participating in fall 2015, spring 2016, and summer 2016 unpaid internships with government agencies and non-profit organizations!  

Bright Futures Fall 2015 Application Now to apply: Monday, September 21
The Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship awards students with need-based scholarships ranging from $250-$1,250 to help offset expenses incurred during unpaid internships. 
Eligible Candidates All registered University of Maryland, College Park undergraduate students returning to campus for the spring 2016 semester, who have an internship for fall 2015, are eligible to apply. Graduating seniors (December 2015) are not eligible. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors and to those who have not previously received an award.  In order for a student's internship to qualify for funding support, it must satisfy the following criteria.

  • Unpaid on-campus or off-campus internship with a non-profit organization or government agency
  • Offered during the fall and completed by Friday, January 22, 2016
  • Supervised by a professional in the organization

To Apply: Deadline: September 21, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Erica Ely
Program Director, Internships
University Career Center & The President's Promise
The Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship is generously funded by a grant from The President's Fearless Fund and receives ongoing significant support from the University Career Center & The President's Promise. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Job Opportunity: Terra Strategies Field Organizer

Field Organizer

Terra Strategies is seeking qualified applicants to interview for the position of field organizer on progressive issue advocacy and voter mobilization programs across the nation.

Field Organizers serve an important role within each program and are responsible for the day-to-day recruitment, instruction and management of canvass teams.  For this reason, it is required that applicants for the position have at least three to six months of canvass, or other field experience on an issue advocacy or voter mobilization program. Canvass experience is preferred. Strong organizational and communication skills as well as the ability to multitask and meet deadlines are also required.

Applicants for the position must be willing to relocate as necessary, possess reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license. The willingness to work extended hours and weekends is also required. 


  • Assist with the implementation of all aspects of the program to include, but not limited to the recruitment, instruction and day-to-day management of canvass teams 
  • Carry out recruitment activities as the program builds capacity
  • Provide canvass teams with the necessary guidance and resources required to master advocacy and mobilization best practices
  • Promote the continued development of canvass teams in their day-to-day duties and responsibilities over the course of the program
  • Respond with timeliness to all issues and incidents on the ground as well as communicate all relevant issues and incidents to the regional canvass director
  • Ensure that canvass teams maintain accurate and reliable data
  • Maintain a positive attitude and promote a culture of teamwork and cooperation within the assigned canvass team


  • A can-do attitude and a strong commitment towards achieving social justice and progressive change
  • Field experience; a minimum of three to six months
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Able to perform under tight deadlines while maintaining good judgment
  • Proficient in VAN, Microsoft Office Suite and Google Docs
  • Willingness to relocate as necessary
  • Reliable transportation and valid driver’s license 
  • Willing to working extended hours and weekends

All positions are salaried, full-time, short-term positions. Background checks will be required before hiring. To apply; please submit a cover letter, resume and references to

Intern with the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Job Title
Program Intern

Position Overview
The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) advocates for accessible, compassionate care for survivors, the prevention of sexual assault, and accountability for all offenders.  MCASA actively works to end sexual violence in the State of Maryland through professional training, public outreach, public policy advocacy,   technical assistance, and legal services.

Through hands-on learning responsibilities, MCASA’s program interns are engaged in the important effort to end rape, child sexual abuse, and the full continuum of sexual violence including campus sexual assault and human sex trafficking. They are exposed to the latest thinking in the field of sexual assault prevention and response through webinars and trainings, professional meetings, and written resource materials. Program interns also come away with practical knowledge about a statewide nonprofit organization’s strategies for office management, internal and external communications, professional training, and public outreach.  

A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week is required.  Interns are encouraged to work with their academic institutions to seek credit.

This internship is located at our metro-accessible Silver Spring, MD office.

Intern Objectives
  • Develop and expand knowledge regarding sexual violence and policies to prevent and respond to sexual assault and abuse.
  • Develop ability to write and format professional documents such as letters, fact sheets, website content, and newsletter articles.
  • Expand professional speaking skills by answering and making telephone calls.
  • Become familiar with client referrals by providing information about MCASA’s Sexual Assault Legal Institute and Maryland rape crisis and recovery centers to survivors who call the office.
  • Learn about event management by assisting with logistics coordination for professional training sessions and fundraising events.
  • Enhance research skills by completing written projects regarding sexual violence.
  • Develop an understanding of nonprofit membership development and engagement by updating and maintaining electronic database records.
  • Participate in public outreach by attending events, staffing community information fairs, and fulfilling orders for resource brochures.
  • Become familiar with a varied-pace office environment that juggles both immediate and longer-term projects.
  • Contribute to development of office resources on specific topics.   
  • Be genuinely concerned about sexual violence issues and have a passion and desire to make a difference
  • Have a desire to learn about non-profit organizations and practices
  • Be organized, have a strong attention to detail, and be able to complete projects independently
  • Be computer and internet savvy: experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint preferred
  • Be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • This internship is particularly relevant for students pursuing degrees in communications, social sciences, criminal justice, or Women’s Studies, but we welcome applications from those in any field. 

Commitment to Diversity 
MCASA is an equal opportunity agency and is committed to diversity.  MCASA does not discriminate based on ethnicity, creed, marital status, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical, emotional or mental disability. 


This internship is unpaid.  We encourage interns to seek academic credit or stipends when possible.

To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and one writing sample to  Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. We require a minimum commitment of three months at 15 hours per week. For further information, please contact MCASA @ 301-328-7023.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Internship Opportunity with Democratic Governors Association

The Democratic Governors Association is committed to electing and assisting Democratic governors across the nation. The DGA is looking for energetic, hardworking individuals with a passion for politics and a desire to move the country forward.
An internship with the DGA will provide students with an inside-look on gubernatorial campaigns and an opportunity to see, firsthand, why governors matter.
DGA interns gain invaluable political, policy, and fundraising experience by completing a wide variety tasks and projects, including:
  • Media monitoring
  • Writing memos and political briefings
  • Assisting with fundraising events on behalf of Democratic governors and gubernatorial candidates
  • Assisting in the production of DGA promotional materials
  • Providing essential support to the DGA staff.

The DGA Fall Internship Program will be Late August to December.

Rolling Application Deadline: Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 applications are open – decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted, no phone calls please.

Financial Information: DGA interns are provided with a stipend.
To apply submit a cover letter and resume to:

Internship Opportunity with Raskin for Congress Campaign

Raskin for Congress is looking for volunteers, as well as progressive, dedicated, and motivated students interested in interning on a Congressional campaign. They looking for students from local colleges and high schools who are interested in getting valuable experience in both Grassroots Organizing and Campaign Finance. 

Applications are approved on a rolling basis, with available start dates of Sept. 1, Sept. 14, Sept 28, or Oct. 12. For more information, see the attached application, (Raskin for Congress Intern Application)  or contact Luke Pinton at 443-987-0653 or
Below is more information about State Senator Jamie Raskin, from the campaign:

State Senator Jamie Raskin currently represents District 20 (Silver Spring & Takoma Park) in the Maryland State Senate, where he has served for almost 10 years. Mr. Raskin is a professor of Constitutional Law at AU's Washington College of Law, and has a record of effective progressive leadership in the State Senate, where he serves as the Democratic Whip and has passed over 100 bills into law. 

State Senator Raskin is running for Congress in Maryland's 8th Congressional district now that Congressman Van Hollen has decided to vacate his seat to make a run for the U.S. Senate. 

For more information, see the "about Jamie", "endorsements", and "issues" sections on the campaign website:

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Internship

Research and Development Internship
Location: Washington, DC

About OurTime: is one of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations committed to increasing the voter participation of young Americans. Since our launch in 2011, we have registered hundreds of thousands of young voters by organizing education campaigns, forming strategic partnerships with heavily trafficked online brands, dozens of A-list and YouTube celebrities, and by utilizing our state-of-the-art voter registration technology. With the 2016 presidential election cycle already beginning in earnest, now is time to take the next step in increasing the political power and engagement of young Americans.

About the role: We are seeking an ambitious, proactive, strategic intern to assist with the overall success of our 2015 political campaigns. This person will play a key role with our fundraising efforts, as well as help with research and design projects, including drafting and designing presentations, upgrading our website, and drafting organizational emails.


  • Assist with all aspects of our finance operation (prospecting, data entry, and scheduling)
  • Assist with comprehensive research
  • Draft OurTime presentations
  • Represent OurTime at events
  • Other administrative responsibilities as assigned


  • Previous fundraising experience ideal
  • Excellent writing, research, and analytical skills
  • Working knowledge of heavily trafficked social media sites including Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter
  • Comfort in a fast paced environment and the ability to work independently
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good sense of humor
  • Enthusiasm for OurTime’s mission to register and empower young voters

Application: Please email with your resume and a short, conversational cover letter.

OurTime pays all interns a stipend.

For more information please visit or email

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Internship Opportunity - Senate Campaign

Internship opportunities available with the Chris Van Hollen for Senate Campaign
The Chris Van Hollen for Senate campaign is looking for interns and fellows for our team. This will be a great opportunity for students to become civically engaged, learn how a campaign works and master cutting-edge targeting and political data techniques as part of the most exciting campaign of the cycle.
The campaign is looking for bright, energetic individuals who want to learn the nuts and bolts of how a campaign works and help elect the next U.S. Senator from Maryland!  Hours are flexible with a small requirement, and the campaign team is a lot of fun. No previous campaign experience necessary. When you walk out the door at the end of your internship you will know how to run a local field program, and have met a lot of new friends.
To apply for an internship or fellowship with the Van Hollen for Senate campaign, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please email The Van Hollen for Senate Campaign is an equal, opportunity employer.

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Office of Presidential Correspondence is looking for Student Volunteers!

The Office of Presidential Correspondence (OPC) plays a key role in facilitating an open dialogue between President Obama and the American people.  Our mission is to listen to and understand constituents’ views, experiences, and ideas, and to respond on behalf of the President.  We receive and reply to letters and emails, calls coming in to the White House Comment Line, gifts sent to the First Family, and requests for assistance with Federal agencies.  Our office also provides President Obama with a daily sample of 10 letters that help keep him in touch with the real-life and diverse experiences of Americans across our country.

Applicants should be:
  • U.S. citizens
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program OR 2013-2015 graduates of a degree-seeking program
  • Able to commit at least 15 hours/week in the Office
  • Dedicated to public service
To learn more about OPC, please take a few minutes to watch this video. 
The OPC Student Volunteer Program allows local college students and recent graduates to gain experience within the Executive branch by working alongside staff, interns, and other volunteers.  Student Volunteers must commit to volunteering at least 15 hours per week and are expected to serve approximately 10-12 weeks, generally mirroring the academic semester.  The deadline for our Fall Program has been extended to August 21st, 2015, and the Program orientation is scheduled for Saturday, September 12th.  Candidates should send a resume and statement of interest to  Since we know each student’s schedule and circumstances are different, we are more than happy to consider requests for adjusted timelines as needed.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

WMST Course Offering: Fall 2015

WMST 498N: Religion, Militarism, and Gender
Tuesdays, 2-4:30pm, MTH 0105
Religion and militarism are powerful forces in our time. They shape not only state policies but also people's identities, sense of purpose, and sense of security. In this course, we will explore the appeal of these two forces from a gendered perspective: we will analyze how religion and militarism both rely on idealized notions of masculinity and femininity. In part we will do this by analyzing contemporary global political issues from feminist angles, becoming proficient in applying the vocabulary of gender analysis to current events, and engaging with the multifaceted roles of the U.S. in the world and analyzing every day practices that support this role. This course is multi-disciplinary and will draw on research in history, politics, sociology, psychology, visual culture, and literature.
 “Religion, Militarism, and Gender” was previously offered in Fall 2013, and may not be offered again for another couple of years. A copy of the Fall 2013 syllabus for the course can be obtained by sending a request to

About the Instructor:

Dr. Ashwini Tambe is Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies. She is also the Editorial Director of the journal Feminist Studies, a premier venue for interdisciplinary feminist scholarship and creative expression. She has previously taught at the University of Toronto, Georgetown University and Temple University. Her interests include transnational feminist theory, modern South Asia, sexuality studies and global political economy. Her current work, supported by SSHRC and NEH grants, examines the legal paradoxes in age standards for sexual consent and the shifting definitions of girlhood.
Her recent articles have spanned topics such as climatology in scientific racism (Theory, Culture and Society, 2011), interdisciplinary approaches to feminist state theory (Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 2010), economic liberalization and sexual liberalism in contemporary India (Economic and Political Weekly, 2010), and the long record of transnational approaches in feminist scholarship (New Global Studies, 2010).

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Are you interested in a paid fall internship in AARP’s advocacy department? AARP is the nation’s largest organization for those age 50 and above and their families. In an internship at AARP, not only will you get a chance to learn the latest political technologies, you will be making a real difference for the 50 plus.

AARP’s Internship program is a competitive platform designed to engage and offer undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students with opportunities to work and learn at the largest non-profit organization for persons who are 50+.  AARP is headquartered in Washington, DC and located minutes away from Capitol Hill. Interns who serve in our National office may enjoy opportunities to work alongside our talented teams who are lobbying and advocating on behalf of our members.  AARP Interns will also enjoy opportunities to work in areas such as marketing, communications, strategic planning, brand and human resources. 

As an AARP intern, you will gain valuable experience and exposure by applying your educational experience in a busy, dynamic setting that will help you learn, grow and develop strong marketable, transferable skills to any organization. If you care about making a difference in the lives of others, this is the internship destination for you!  An internship opportunity will allow you access to teams of some of our brightest talents and network opportunities with some of our senior leadership.

We are looking for students to work 20 to 25 hours a week.  For more details, please email Martin Burns (  Unfortunately, this opportunity is limited to students currently enrolled in an academic program. 

Congressional Internship for Fall 2015

Congressman Scott Tipton seeks self-motivated and hardworking intern for the fall semester. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • providing tours of the Capitol
  • answering phones
  • helping staff process constituent’s mail and inquiries.

Other responsibilities may include assisting staff with legislative research, writing policy papers, attending briefings and committee hearings.  Candidates should have an interest in the legislative process, be 18 years and or older, and must be in college or recent college graduate.  Colorado ties are a plus, but they are not required.   If you are interested in being considered for an internship, please send your resume, cover letter and any relevant writing samples to

For more information, please visit:

Internship Opportunity: O'Malley for President

O'Malley for President is currently looking for interns to join its team. The internship opportunity is perfect for anyone who is interested in getting a career started in politics and developing experience in the exciting world of political communication. The ideal intern would be able to work at least 25 hours a week, but we are flexible.
Intern responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
  • Assisting in qualitative and quantitative research projects
  • Writing and proofreading communication products
  • Helping staff respond to inquiries
  • Media monitoring
  • Drafting briefings and correspondence
  • Transcription of audio and video
  • Assisting other departments as needed or requested 

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Good writing skills
  • Must possess a working computer (PC or Mac)

We are located in Baltimore, near Penn Station. The internship is unpaid and the campaign does not provide travel expenses. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to

Maryland Sierra Club Seeking Fall 2015 Interns

As a grassroots environmental nonprofit, the Maryland Sierra Club offers many internship opportunities for those passionate about advocating for a safer, healthier planet. At the Sierra Club office conveniently located on Route 1, students can take advantage of diverse openings in office management & administration, outdoor education, political environmental advocacy, communications & marketing, web design, community organizing, event planning, and policy research.
Interns become part of the office team and are essential to accomplishing many of the Chapter’s environmental conservation goals. Working side by side with staff and lead volunteers, interns get the opportunity to see how a grassroots non­profit works, gain valuable real world experience, and become the next generation of activist leaders.
For Fall 2015, we have the following internships available:
  • Water Protection Organizing
  • Natural Gas Organizing
  • Beyond Coal Organizing (Baltimore office)
  • Beyond Coal Policy
  • Invasive Plant Removal/Stewardship (field)
  • Conservation Outings
  • Communications/ Web Media
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Event Coordinator/Jamboree
For more information, internship descriptions, and how to arrange college credit, please visit:
To apply:
1.     Send a cover letter, resume and a two-­page writing sample to Please have your name on each document title.
2.     Fill out this survey after you send in your materials:
Applications are accepted until Friday, September 4th, 2015. Apply early for best priority.

Explore your world at the Study Abroad Fair!

Fearless Terps get out of the classroom! Explore the possibilities and get inspired at the Study Abroad Fair! Break out of the ordinary and find your extraordinary in China. Be a social entrepreneur in Nicaragua or the Dominican Republic. Develop your professional portfolio with an internship in the UK or Spain. Learn a language or go beyond the basics to do field work or research. Think outside your borders and show how fearless Terps are! Meet with Program Directors, College representatives, and advisors to find your perfect program. 
Thursday, September 10th 
3PM – 7PM Grand Ballroom, Stamp., 301-314-7746