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Company/Organization: LegiStorm


LegiStorm offers positions to motivated interns who want to learn the about how Congress works and gain experience with data in a congressional context. Interns that join our team will help uncover and release new treasure troves of data about Congress. With that new data, we hope to continue to push the boundaries of what kind of research is possible about how Congress works. Undergraduate and graduate interns have come to us from disciplines as varied as political science, economics, statistics, journalism, physics, business and law, among others. We currently are seeking paid interns. Paid interns receive a modest stipend to help defray expenses and they will work a full 40 hour work week during normal business hours. Internship beginning and end dates also are flexible but all internships are expected to run for at least 10 weeks. All work will be performed on site at our offices on Capitol Hill and may require periodic visits to congressional offices, located a few blocks away. Academic credit for internships is strongly encouraged but interns must arrange for credit through their own programs. Interns are mentored by senior staff and individual academic plans may be tailored for each intern and staff mentor.


Our ideal Research Intern is a matriculating undergraduate or graduate student who is motivated, organized, self-directed, fast, accurate, diligent, politically interested, always questioning, and who has the beginnings of some hard-core research skills. Journalism students who want to focus more on research than writing are particularly welcome (although some limited writing opportunities will be available to someone who shows interest and talent). Those pursuing history, statistics, economics or library science careers may also particularly benefit from the intense research focus we provide. Regardless of degree, anyone who loves research - mostly web-based or document-based - is a suitable candidate.

Paid Internship Info:



40 hours/week


10 weeks

Start Date:

Flexible, preferrable January

End Date:

, Flexible, but must be able to commit to 10 weeks

Additional Info:
Benefits Our internships are full- or part-time, for a minimum of 10 weeks (flexible begin and end dates). Full-time interns (40 hours per week) will be paid a stipend. Part-time interns are unpaid but will receive commuter benefits to offset the cost of commuting to our office .All internships are performed on site at our offices in the historic Pierce School on Capitol Hill. We are 12 short blocks from Union Station or 11 short blocks from Potomac Avenue Metro, with multiple bus lines converging within a block of our office. The X8 from Union Station drops off at our front door. We also are one block from the emerging Atlas District/H Street corridor featuring many diverse restaurants and bars. Lunch is provided daily and our building has a small gym on-site. We offer a casual dress, high energy yet professional work environment. Interns typically have the opportunity to interface with congressional staffers and interns on a daily basis.
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LegiStorm is a premiere non-partisan resource for transparency about who runs the U.S. Congress. Since our founding in 2006, we have been a daily resource for anyone interested in tracking the legislative branch.

We were the first web site in the country to publish the salaries of thousands of government employees - in our case, of all congressional staffers - spurring other web sites to follow in our footsteps across the world. We were the first - and still only - source to bring together a decade of data about how private interests have funded more than 30,000 travel getaways by members of Congress and their staff. We continued innovating by being the first web site to publish all personal financial disclosures filed by members of Congress and their staff. We followed that by being the first to publish all gifts provided to U.S. officials by foreign governments. And, thanks to our partners at the non-partisan Taxpayers for Common Sense who produced the data, we were the first to release a web site providing browsable and searchable access to all earmarks. The attention to these earmarks helped at least in small part to lead to their ban earlier this year. At times, our disclosures have been controversial - quite a few people on Capitol Hill have called on us to stop our disclosures and at least one bill was introduced that would effectively have done just that. But we continue to believe that the public has benefited greatly from our innovations. We have only just begun our commitment to providing innovative ways to harness congressional data that were previously inaccessible or underutilized. And we do so by cleverly marrying sophisticated technology with hard-nosed research - such a focus can only truly be appreciated by seeing how much we have invested in an expansive back-office infrastructure to support the current and future data needs of our site. Most importantly, we maintain demanding standards of thoroughness and accuracy required by our users. That commitment is what makes us a widely quoted source among top journalists, from the Wall Street Journal to the Washington Post.

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1375 Maryland Avenue, NE Loft B
Washington, DC 20002

Phone: 202-360-4172       Fax: 202-449-1123

Email:  congress@legistorm.com
Website:  LegiStorm

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