FMC accepts undergraduate and graduate student interns for the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. Recent graduates are also encouraged to apply. Our interns assist with FMC’s international programs and domestic initiatives, and we recommend applicants familiarize themselves with the work we do by browsing through our website. Language proficiency and Hill experience are a plus, but are not required. For more information about the specific positions, please see the descriptions below.
Internship Application Deadlines
Summer Internship (May – August) …………………May 1
Fall Internship (August – December) ……………….August 1
Spring Internship (January – May) …………………December 1
Government and Public Policy Initiatives
The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) is seeking two or three highly qualified interns to support its Government and Public Policy and Domestic Initiatives Programs. The Association is a non-profit, bipartisan, and non-advocacy organization with a membership of over 500 former Representatives and Senators. In addition to its alumni activities for former Members, FMC serves as the secretariat for a number of major domestic and international programs engaging its membership and current Members of Congress.
The intern will support and facilitate planning for FMC’s many domestic programs, including: the Congress to Campus Program, the Annual Meeting, the Common Ground Project, The Statesmanship Awards Dinner, the Charitable Golf Tournament, panels at the National Archives, and many other civic and politically-oriented events. Other tasks include managing FMC’s social media (Twitter, Facebook, Flickr), providing office/administrative support, and writing/researching/editing information for FMC’s numerous programs. Interns will attend and cover Association-sponsored events on Capitol Hill and be responsible for drafting reports. The preferred candidate will have an in-depth knowledge of social media and internet research and be proficient in MS Office programs.
Since the Association plans numerous high-profile events involving former and current Members of Congress, high-level government officials, leaders of the diplomatic community, and foundation/think-tank representatives, applicants must be comfortable interacting with VIPs; as well as be extremely motivated, flexible, and responsible.
Although this is an unpaid position, the Association’s balance of domestic and international programs provides invaluable experience in many applicable fields. College credit is available.
To apply, send an email with a cover letter, current resume, and a short writing sample (2-3 pages) to Rachel Haas at rhaas -at-usafmc -dot- org.
The Congressional Study Groups seeks a highly-qualified intern to assist in event planning and program administration for our bipartisan, non-advocacy legislative exchanges, consisting of regular roundtables on Capitol Hill, as well as study tour opportunities for Members of Congress and senior congressional staff abroad.
Timeframe: 3 days/18 hours per week, 4-6 months
Number of Openings: 2
Requirements and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will:
- have basic experience with event planning;
- demonstrate strong verbal and written communications skills;
- relish the attention to detail that goes into a flawless event;
- be extremely motivated, flexible, and responsible;
- be comfortable interacting with VIPs, including current and former Members of Congress, ranking government leaders, and Ambassadors and Embassy officials;
- and have an in-depth command of internet research and MS Office programs.
- Familiarity with WordPress and CRM databases is a plus.
- Interest in transatlantic or transpacific affairs, as well as professional proficiency with German, Japanese, or Turkish is beneficial, but not required.
While this position is an unpaid internship, interns will have the chance to attend almost all Study Group events and interact with high-level individuals in Washington, DC. College credit is also available upon discussion of requirements.
To apply, send an email with a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for three references attached to Andrew Loeb Shoenig at AShoenig – at – usafmc – dot – org.