Summer Undergraduate Intern

  • Washington, DC
  • Seasonal
  • Student (College)

Title: Intern

Reports to: Intern Supervisor

Hours: 20-30 hours per week for Summer 2022

Location: Washington, DC or San Francisco, CA preferred; fully remote optional

Giffords is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives from gun violence. Led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Giffords shifts culture, changes policies, and challenges injustice, inspiring Americans across the country to fight gun violence. We are looking for current college undergraduate students to join our team during the summer of 2022 as paid interns. The ideal Giffords intern is highly organized, detail-oriented, a strong writer, and passionate about the issue of gun violence prevention.

Interns at Giffords are paid $18.50 per hour. We will work with interns to gain academic credit if applicable. Start date is June 1, 2022 with a commitment of approximately 20-30 hours per week throughout the summer of 2022 with an end date in August 2022. 

Interns will work on one or more of our teams listed below to help support our ongoing efforts in the fight against gun violence. Exact team placement will be based on relevant experience of each intern and capacity needs of each team.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Due to high volume of applicants, no phone calls or emails, please.

Duties + responsibilities:

  • Communications
    • Monitor and assemble daily press clips on related issues 
    • Monitor break stories
    • Draft content for messaging including press releases, blog posts, and other content
    • Create and organize press lists
    • Research reporters and other assigned topics
  • Development
    • Conduct donor and prospective donor research
    • Assist with database clean up and management
    • Assist with data analysis projects
    • Manage correspondence with donors
  • Engagement + Advocacy
    • Provide support to our Courage Fellowship program, a leadership development program for young gun violence prevention advocates
    • Support our expansion of Giffords Gun Owners for Safety and our law enforcement,  medical, veterans, and women’s coalitions
    • Conduct research and provide statistics related to various advocacy coalitions
    • Manage individual and coalitional advocate correspondence 
  • Government Affairs
    • Monitor hearings at the federal and state levels
    • Research state policies and legislation
    • Help prepare for next year’s legislative sessions
    • Organize Quorum, our legislative tracking platform
  • Political
    • Conduct media monitoring for key races, states, and regions
    • Research personal, electoral, legislative, and political histories of candidates and incumbents
    • Collect and identify relevant political and electoral research from various outlets and partners
    • Track communications with federal, state, and local campaigns
    • Write first drafts of memos and briefs; draft PAC candidate endorsement letters
    • Assist with compliance work related to PAC checks and independent expenditures
    • Assist with coordinating virtual political events
  • Research
    • Monitor and review new research on gun violence
    • Track and code data for research team databases
    • Conduct and write literature reviews and memos to support policy and advocacy work
    • Interface with online data portals and download and clean tables
    • Assist with basic data analysis and spreadsheet management/organization
    • Attend webinars and trainings on relevant subjects
    • Lead and attend discussions on current trends and research in the gun violence prevention movement 

Applying + the interview process

Submit your resume and complete our short application questions online. Our interview process consists of a phone interview and a video interview. We expect the interview process to conclude by mid- May.

Giffords is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an environment that celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion. People of color, trans individuals, gender non-conforming individuals, women, people with differing abilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

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