About POGO

Internships and Fellowships

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Many interns come to Washington hoping to dive into the world inside the Beltway and instead find themselves making copies and answering phone calls. Not at POGO, our interns will be immersed in the gritty work of government oversight from day one.

When you make copies here, they’ll be of original government documents that are central to your research project; when you answer the phone, it’ll be to talk with an important source. From attending meetings on Capitol Hill to combing through resources at the Library of Congress, you’ll be exposing corruption that affects ordinary Americans and exploring solutions to present to Washington policymakers.

Most significantly, your work will continue to make an impact after your internship ends. You may write for POGO’s blog and you may assist with writing and editing congressional testimony, or contribute substantive research to a POGO report. Recent intern projects have included:

Am I a good fit for POGO?

It takes all kinds to make a government—and all kinds to oversee it. Much more important than your major are an interest in good governance, a drive to ask tough questions, and the ability to work independently. Strong writing and research skills are also essential.

POGO takes interns throughout the year, with summer interns generally working from May through August, fall interns from September through December, and spring interns from January through May. Internships are also available during the winter for those on the quarter system. In short, POGO is flexible and will work with an individual’s time restrictions as long as there is a minimum commitment of three months.

Traditionally we have only accepted full time interns, but if you can’t commit to full time, please include in your cover letter why we should make an exception for you.


We offer hourly compensation to interns who cannot receive school credit or outside funding for their internship experience.

How to apply

If you’d like to intern at POGO, send a cover letter, resume, transcript (unofficial is fine), two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample of no more than five pages, and demonstrating some analysis, to Lydia Dennett at hr@pogo.org

POGO Summer 2015 Interns in front of the Interior Department for a public forum on federal coal mining program reforms.


Any questions concerning internships should be directed to:

Lydia Dennett
POGO, 1100 G Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 202-347-1122 
Fax: 202-347-1116 
Email: hr@pogo.org

For more on POGO's fellowship program, click here.
For more on POGO's legal internship program, click here.