The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan, independent nonprofit watching the federal government on the people's behalf. POGO's investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.
The Investigative Team is looking for interns to help POGO achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government. Investigative topics range from defense spending to Wall Street regulations; from undue influence to strengthening government ethics standards and whistleblower protections.
At POGO, our interns are 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:
- Research for long term investigative reports on a variety of topics including: how prepared nuclear power reactors are for natural disasters, the approval process for new medical devices and prescription drugs, and how foreign powers attempt to influence US policy.
- Filing and following up on Freedom of Information Act requests.
- Analyzing large data sets and creating databases.
- Blogs on covering relevant legal cases, legislative developments, and current events.
It takes all kinds to make a government—and all kinds to oversee it. Much more important than your major is an interest in good governance, a drive to ask tough questions, an attention to detail, and the ability to work independently. Strong writing, research, and analytical skills are also essential.
Founded in 1981, POGO originally worked to expose outrageously overpriced military spending on items such as a $7,600 coffee maker and a $435 hammer. In 1990, after many successes reforming military spending, POGO decided to expand its mandate and investigate waste, fraud, and abuse throughout the federal government.
Throughout its history, POGO’s work has been applauded by Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, federal workers and whistleblowers, other nonprofits, and the media.
POGO provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. We welcome all interested and qualified individuals to apply.
Please email your cover letter, resume, a brief (1-2 page) writing sample, and college or university transcript (unofficial is fine) to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Investigative Internship” in the subject line.