The Center for Responsive Politics is looking for two interns with strong writing skills to join their communications staff this fall. You will be an integral part of their team, producing content for their award-winning blog OpenSecrets.org in the runup to the November election.
As a news reporting intern, you will illustrate how money influences politics and government. Interns' responsibilities include writing breaking news items and longer in-depth articles for the OpenSecrets Blog on OpenSecrets.org. Interns will also write articles about specific industries and special interests and how the money they pump into politics is designed to affect policy.
You'll talk to people feeling the affect of federal policy, and to lobbyists, politicians, lawyers and other prominent Washingtonians, to get the scoop on where the money's coming from -- and where it's going.
Other elements of a reporting intern's job is to write money-in-politics profiles on issues and industries, help research for and write news alerts and promote their award-winning work.
Reporting interns depart with clips that demonstrate their strong writing skills and political knowledge, the name of a well-respected (and staunchly nonpartisan) Washington organization on their résumé and, sometimes, job offers at news organizations or with other employers.
This job requires a steep learning curve and great curiosity, as you'll immediately launch into original reporting based on trends in original research, current events or a story pitch that you generate.
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