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Research and Advocacy Intern – Commercial Alert

Public Citizen is a non-partisan public interest group with more than 300,000 members and activists. Key areas of organizational focus include consumer health and safety, and defending democracy from corporate power.
We are seeking a motivated legal and policy research and advocacy intern for the Summer of 2014. The intern should be available 30-40  hours a week. The intern will work primarily on Public Citizen's Commercial Alert project, which sits in the Office of the President. Commercial Alert primarily aims to keep commercial marketing and advertising from exploiting children and limit its harmful effects on consumer health. Commercial Alert uses administrative law, policy, organizing, research and communications strategies to further advocacy goals. In addition to working on Commercial Alert, the intern may also be asked to assist with research tasks for other projects.

The internship provides an excellent opportunity to gain an understanding of consumer and public health issues, law and policy with a focus on commercial advertising and marketing.  Interns will learn how law and policy advocacy can be combined with organizing and communications strategies to meet an end goal. Previous experience in public health and/or consumer research, advocacy and organizing is a plus.

The intern will be directly supervised by the Researcher for the President’s Office, who is an attorney.

The Intern Will:

  • Engage in online and field research on healthcare facilities and advertisements
  • Assist with corporate campaign organizing and advocacy
  • Draft letters to public officials and companies urging policy changes
  • Draft press releases, blog posts and engage via social media
  • Draft and edit reports
  • Other tasks as needed.

Desired Competencies and Qualifications:

  • Previous public interest advocacy work
  • While research, organizing and advocacy experience is always welcome, a desire to learn, a passion for consumer rights and public interest law and advocacy is most appreciated!
  • Excellent communication, attention to detail and organizational skills

Please Note:

Our internships are UNPAID, though academic credit can be arranged. The internship is based in our Washington DC office. Please include the range of dates you may be available to work in your application.

Submit a resume and cover letter to commercialalert@citizen.org.

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