Internships

CRC is actively seeking interns for the upcoming Summer semester.

Capital Research Center (CRC) is America’s investigative think tank. Our research is responsible for uncovering the tangled web of left-wing politics, and the people who fund it. At CRC, we examine how liberal groups operate and analyze their impact on our politics and society.

CRC’s hard-hitting, investigative journalism is grounded in the principles of individual liberty, a free-market economy, and limited, constitutional government.

Capital Research Center is currently looking for entrepreneurial college students to help us fulfill our mission. An ideal candidate will be motivated, hard-working, and passionate about the areas of non-profit development, media and journalism, or investigative research.

Our interns will assist CRC staff in exposing left-wing bias in the environmentalist movement, labor unions, tax-exempt foundations, and non-profit activist groups.

A CRC Internship Includes:

Payment — Unlike many D.C. internships, CRC interns are compensated and are paid the D.C. minimum wage.

Full-Time Work — CRC interns are scheduled to work 37.5 hours each week. (We may be able to accommodate part-time schedules based on circumstances.)

Real Projects — CRC interns are assigned high priority projects, and are expected to excel in entrepreneurial endeavors.

Networking — Our coveted positions offer an enclave into the thriving world of the conservative movement.

Applying

To apply, email your résumé, answers to the following questions, and (optional) writing samples to [email protected]. We are currently accepting applications for future internships.

Please submit brief (less than 500 words) answers to the following questions:

  • Which political philosophy do you identify with and why?
  • Why do you want to intern at Capital Research Center?

Applicants are encouraged to provide writing samples from articles, papers, or other previous work that reflect an understanding of free-market ideas or that explain complex issues in simple terms (e.g., items written for a reader of the Washington Post or a political magazine such as the Weekly Standard).   

Position Preference

Please list, in order of preference, the CRC departments in which you would like to intern—research/communications, development/fundraising, or social media/film.

Current internship opportunities

Internship in Research/Communications

The research/communications intern’s responsibilities include:

  • Perform research work in archives, online, or as appropriate to assist the scholars.
  • Gather and analyze the research.
  • Assist in the preparation of op-eds and CRC reports.
  • Write for CRC’s blog and its print publications.
  • Organize research files and their corresponding materials.
  • Perform routine clerical duties as instructed if essential to the research activities of the supervisor or project to which the research assistant is assigned.
  • Meet regularly with supervisor to discuss research assignments.
  • Write a newspaper op-ed and a lead article for one of CRC’s newsletters.
  • Work with the publications team to continually improve the processes and procedures so that best practices are used to maximize impact and effectiveness.
  • Assist scholars with other publication related activities.

Candidates with the following qualifications will be considered:

  • Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college, as a current or rising junior or senior
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Commitment to CRC’s work
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (particularly Word, Excel, and Outlook)

Internship in Development/Fundraising

The development/fundraising intern’s responsibilities include:

  • Research donor contact information using the internet and other file sources to obtain most up-to-date information.
  • Enter contact information and other selected data for donors and prospects into new database.
  • Make donor thank you calls.
  • Assist with donor visit preparation.
  • Organize constituent files and their corresponding materials.
  • Prepare constituent acknowledgement mailings, including copying letters, sorting and including appropriate enclosures, and stuffing envelopes.
  • File copies of outgoing correspondence with its related incoming mail into constituent files.
  • Access files from various physical locations and replace files alphabetically.
  • Research prospective individual donors, foundations, and companies using Google and online sources. (Capital Research Center has a subscription to Wealth Engine.)
  • Work with the development team to continually improve the processes and procedures so that best practices are used to maximize fundraising effectiveness.
  • Assist with online fundraising, planned giving and other development activities.

Candidates with the following qualifications will be considered:

  • Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college, as a current or rising junior or senior
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to follow through, and up, with projects
  • Commitment to CRC’s work
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (particularly Word, Excel, and Outlook)

Internship in Social Media/Film

The social media/film intern’s responsibilities include:

  • Assist in the filming of short-form web videos.
  • Help to prepare the equipment and location for filming.
  • Assist with posting to CRC’s social media accounts.
  • Research filmmakers CRC may want to work with in the future.
  • Perform administrative tasks as needed.
  • Meet regularly with supervisor to discuss assignments.
  • Work with the CRC team to continually improve the processes and procedures so that best practices are used to maximize impact and effectiveness.
  • Assist supervisor with other media related activities.

Candidates with the following qualifications will be considered:

  • Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college, as a current or rising junior or senior
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Commitment to CRC’s work
  • Priority will be given to applicants with experience working in social media and video production at a similar organization, experience with DSLR-based video production, and/or knowledge of Adobe Premiere and After Effects, but all interested candidates are encouraged to apply