Internships

CRC is actively seeking interns for the upcoming Spring semester; the start date would be January 16, 2018.

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 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