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Project on Government Oversight

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 so at POGO, where you’ll 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 an op-ed piece for POGO’s blog, assist with writing and editing congressional testimony, or contribute substantive research to a POGO report. Recent intern projects have included:



  • Exposing U.S. government contracts with a Russian firm that sells weapons to the Syrian regime

  • Investigating how different government agencies are implementing the Open Government Initiative

  • Writing about human trafficking issues for the POGO blog

Read more about the experiences of past interns here.

POGO offers three unique opportunities for internships and fellowships. Those interested in our legal internship program should click here; those interested in fellowships should click here.

Am I a good fit for POGO?

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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 and a drive to ask tough questions. Traditionally, our best interns have been creative self-starters who are concerned about keeping government accountable. 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.

All interns work full time. Interns who can only work a few days a week or who are not available for the full three months tend not to be able to handle research projects.

Compensation

Hourly compensation is available for interns not participating in an experiential learning program; academic credit may also be available, depending on policies at the intern's college or university.

How to apply

If you’re ready for the POGO experience, send a cover letter, resume, transcript (unofficial is fine), two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample of no more than five pages to Danni Downing, Intern Coordinator, at danni@pogo.org. If you have a deadline for applying for a grant or other funding, please clearly specify that date in your cover letter.

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Deadlines

  • Summer: March 15

  • Fall: July 15

  • Winter: October 15

  • Spring: December 1

Any questions concerning internships should be directed to:

Ms. Danni Downing, Intern Coordinator
POGO, 1100 G Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 202-347-1122 
Fax: 202-347-1116 
Email: danni@pogo.org

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