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About ADA

Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) is one of the nation’s oldest and most experienced independent liberal lobbying organizations.  We're committed to liberal politics, liberal policies, and a liberal future and offer internships throughout the year.

ADA was founded by Eleanor Roosevelt, John Kenneth Galbraith, Walter Reuther, Arthur Schlesinger, and Reinhold Niebuhr shortly after FDR died. Its goal then? To keep the New Deal dream--its vision and its values of an America that works fairly for all--alive for generations to come.

ADA has played a critical role in every Democratic presidential campaign since Harry Truman’s, and has provided scores of senior advisors to Democratic Presidents, Senators, and Congressmen over the years. It has consistently been on the forefront of cutting-edge issues. It pioneered the fight for civil rights in the 1940s and 1950s, for education reform and serious anti-poverty programs in the 1960s, for environmental protection in the 1960s and 70s, and for fair trade and workers’ rights in the 1990s. It fought just as hard against George Bush’s invasion of Iraq as it did against the war in Vietnam, and it was a vanguard in opposing the unjust economic and social policies of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and both George Bushes, not to mention the deregulation of Wall Street that has now brought us into the worst financial crisis since the 1930s.

With thousands of members and active local chapters across the nation, ADA works in Washington as well as state capitals and major cities from California to Massachusetts. Using its Congressional Vote Ranking—the first-ever such ranking, and still the gold standard in rating progressive candidates—ADA leverages influence and support in strategic coalitions with other progressive groups and donors.

About the internship:

An ADA internship offers students an opportunity to experience a variety of projects and activities. Assignments include:

• Attending Capitol Hill hearings and coalition meetings
• Writing blog posts for ADA’s blog
• Social networking outreach
• Composing letters to the editor, online lobby actions, and Op-eds
• Policy research and analytical reports
• Development/Fundraising Assistance
• Event assistance and planning
• Other administrative duties

This is an unpaid remote internship. If students are in D.C., they will meet up with a staff member at least once a week to check in and learn about new assignments. Otherwise, students are free to work a flexible schedule. While this is nontraditional, it offers a lot of freedom.

Ideal candidates should have completed at least one year of college coursework. S/he must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Proficiency with MS Word and experience with Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint is required.

The candidate must be detail oriented and a self starter. S/he must have the ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and complete assignments by specified deadlines with speed and accuracy.

To apply:
Please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications, resume and three references to dkusler@adaction.org. Be sure to include the time-period that you are interested in interning for. Electronic submissions are preferred.