Internships

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 strongly 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. Applications for spring, summer, and fall terms are reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information about the specific positions, please see the descriptions below.

You can meet our current and past interns here!

Internship Descriptions

Government and Public Policy Initiatives Internship

International Programs and Events Internship

Congressional Study Group on Japan Internship

 


Government and Public Policy Initiatives

The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) is seeking one or two  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 as well as 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 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 Sharon Witiw switiw@usafmc.org or Rachel Haas rhaas@usafmc.org.

International Programs and Events Internship

The Congressional Study Groups – the premiere international programs of the US Association of Former Members of Congress – are seeking 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.

Learning opportunities include:

  • improving project management and event coordination skills by assisting with the planning and coordination of Washington, DC-based roundtables, domestic study tours for foreign policymakers, and initial preparation for 2017 international study tours for US policymakers;
  • strengthening a clear and concise writing style by drafting invitations, interviews with VIPs for digital distribution, and narrative reflections following internal programs;
  • creatively generating content for our website, Facebook, Twitter;
  • and capitalizing on educational and networking opportunities by attending internal and external events with current and former Members of Congress, congressional staff, ambassadors, and administration officials when appropriate.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have basic experience with event planning; demonstrate strong verbal and written communications skills; be extremely motivated, flexible, responsible, and resourceful with a love for learning (if you don’t know how to do something, you figure it out or you know who to ask), and enjoy working at a small, dynamic non-profit. Interest in transatlantic or transpacific affairs and/or professional language proficiency in German or Japanese is beneficial.

Timeframe: 3-4 days/21-28 hours per week, 3-4 months

Benefits: Stipend for local commuting expenses. 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 Lorraine Harbison at LHarbison – at – usafmc – dot – org with the subject line “Fall 2016 Internship.” Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Congressional Study Group on Japan Programs and Events Intern

The Congressional Study Group on Japan 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.

Learning opportunities include:

  • improving project management and event coordination skills by assisting with the planning and coordination of Washington, DC-based roundtables, domestic study tours for foreign policymakers, and preparation for 2017 international study tours for US policymakers;
  • strengthening a clear and concise writing style for drafting invitations and narrative reflections following internal programs;
  • creatively generating content for our website, Facebook, Twitter;
  • capitalizing on educational and networking opportunities by attending internal and external events with current and former Members of Congress, congressional staff, ambassadors, and administration officials when appropriate;
  • and using Japanese language skills in a professional environment.

Qualifications: *Bilingual professional proficiency in spoken and written Japanese and English is a must.* The ideal candidate will have basic experience with event planning; be extremely motivated, flexible, responsible, and resourceful with a love for learning (if you don’t know how to do something, you figure it out or you know who to ask), and enjoy working at a small, dynamic non-profit.

Timeframe: 3-4 days/21-28 hours per week, 3-4 months

Benefits: Stipend for local commuting expenses. College credit is also available.

To Apply
Send an email with a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for three references attached to Alexis Ayano Terai at ATerai – at – usafmc – dot – org with the subject line “CSGJ Internship.” Incomplete applications will not be considered.