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Company/Organization: U.S. Public Interest Research Group

Description:

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) seeks interns to assist with research and media outreach. The intern will be part of a campaign to stop the widespread practice of corporations writing off the cost of legal settlements for wrongdoing on their taxes. These tax write-offs shift the cost of corporate misdeeds back onto ordinary taxpayers, and are often kept secret from the public. U.S. PIRG’s research and advocacy has created widespread awareness of this loophole and helped spur legislation in Congress to fix the problem.

An internship with U.S. PIRG gives qualified and hard-working individuals the opportunity to work with our experienced staff, studying some of our nation’s most pressing problems and breaking them down into manageable projects. The intern will work in a busy office with a number of other public advocacy organizations. Throughout the semester, interns will work with U.S. PIRG staff to:

• Conduct investigative research. Facts, figures and examples are the bedrock of any intelligent public policy debate. Interns conduct research on U.S. PIRG’s current campaign to expose when agencies fail to stop corporations from deducting settlement payments from their taxes. Interns will track media coverage, generate lists of media targets, track legal settlements resulting from corporate wrongdoing, and conduct special research projects.

• Organize political support. When public interest proposals meet special interest resistance, public support can provide the push to overcome political opposition. Interns help to broaden the constituency for our proposals, by assisting in building a coalition of support that works to sway decision-makers.

• Generate media coverage. The spotlight of media attention helps to inform the public, offer new perspectives on old problems, and put decision-makers on notice that the public is watching their actions. Interns work to get our issues and opinions covered in the media by publishing letters to the editor in newspapers and engaging the public through social media engagement.

Qualifications:

What qualities and abilities does being a U.S. PIRG intern require?
• A strong commitment to public interest issues.
• A particular interest in how government policies affect the lives of individuals and communities.
• The ability to frame a debate on your own terms.
• Strong writing skills.
• The ability to think strategically.
Most U.S. PIRG interns are undergraduate or graduate students in law, public policy, economics, political science, urban studies or environmental studies, but students in any area of study may apply. Ongoing training provided. Previous campaign and/or advocacy experience is a plus.

Hours:

10-20

Length/Availability:

Fall Semester

Start Date:

09/15/14

End Date:

, 12/15/14, Flexible



Deadline:
09/10/14
Additional Info:
Please feel free to email with any questions,
Tags:
policy  advocacy  organizing  research  politics  political  science 
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