Research Assistant, Congressional Management Foundation (Washington, DC)


CMF is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building trust and effectiveness in Congress by working directly with congressional offices to enhance their operations and interactions with constituents, as well as educating and training advocacy groups on how Congress works. The results are a Congress more accountable, transparent, and effective; and an informed citizenry with greater trust in their democratic institutions.

For over 40 years, we have focused on improving congressional operations and enhancing citizen engagement through research, publications, training, and management services. We are a cross between an applied think tank and a management consultant firm, and our work lies at the intersection of politics, technology, advocacy, and management. To learn more, you can access our most recent annual report here.

Students interested in government, management and/or citizen engagement will gain a unique perspective on the inner workings of Congress. We treat Research Assistants (RAs) as valued members of staff and they work closely with senior staff on a variety of our projects. While this spring we are continuing to offer a remote internship due to Covid-19, we will endeavor to make the experience as interesting as an in-person internship. We are a small friendly, group who are all involved in the professional development of our interns.

We require a commitment of 30 hours per week during your internship (we have regularly hosted interns who work 4 days a week with us in order to fulfill course obligations on the fifth day, but we are open to other hours as well). Our spring internship will run approximately January through April/early May (we can be flexible about start/end dates). We offer a stipend of $3,000 on completion of the program.

We try to ensure that our RAs work on at least one substantive piece of work during their time with us that will enhance their resume. You can see some testimonials here! RA assignments may include assisting on:

  • Democracy Awards
  • Member-Constituent Engagement
  • Modernization of Congress
  • General Administrative Assistance


We are looking for motivated, professional, and proactive junior/senior college students for a semester. Applicants should have great writing and analytical skills and be proficient with all Microsoft Office programs. Experience with Salesforce and Asana would be useful, but training will be given.


E-mail cmf at a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (2-3 pages) with the subject line “Attn: Intern Coordinator”. Please make sure to include the dates you are available.

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