CPA’s 2022 Spring Research Intern will be engaged in important research on corporate political spending, the path of dark money in political campaigns, and other areas related to the Center for Political Accountability’s work on corporate political spending and activity.
The internship is remote, however in the event that CPA staff return to our offices during the internship period interns would have the option to return to CPA’s Dupont Circle office on a similar timeline as CPA staff. Applicants need not be in DC or travel to DC to apply or complete the internship.
The mission of the Center for Political Accountability (CPA), a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization, is to encourage corporations to adopt disclosure of their electoral spending and to promote responsible oversight practices and accountability policies. CPA partners with NGOs, public pension funds, and socially responsible investors to file the CPA model political spending resolution at leading corporations. CPA also partners with the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business to publish the annual CPA-Zicklin Index of Corporate Political Disclosure and Accountability, which ranks companies in the S&P 500 Index based on their transparency and accountability policies, and maintains TrackYourCompany.org, a database of corporations’ voluntarily disclosed electoral contributions.
CPA is seeking spring interns to primarily conduct research under the direction of CPA’s Director of Research. Past research projects have focused on the nexus between corporate political spending and voting rights, the environment, and LGBTQIA+ issues. Here is a short list of past reports: Collision Course, Conflicted Consequences, and Corporate Enablers.
The ideal candidate will have an interest in the influence of money in politics, excellent attention to detail, and ability to work independently without direct supervision. Interns will learn about campaign finance law and the various entities that engage in political spending at the local, state and national levels. Interns will work under the supervision of CPA’s Research Director.
Interns will receive a stipend of $1500 upon completion of the program and may earn academic credit. Interns generally work 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday-Friday and the internship lasts 10 weeks (with some flexibility for start and end dates).
- Bachelor’s degree or currently enrolled in a bachelor’s program
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
- Superior time management skills
- Strong attention to detail
- Interest in money in politics issues and corporate social responsibility
Send a cover letter, résumé, and either three 5-7 pg. research papers or one 15-20 pg. research paper to CPAStaffAssociate@gmail.com with the subject line “2022 CPA Spring Internship.” To be clear this is not a writing intensive internship. The application deadline is Sunday November 21, 2021. However, applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis so applying sooner rather than later is encouraged.