Started in 1984, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) is the national lobbying arm of the individual state PIRGs. With approximately 400 staffers nationwide, 300,000 members and 100 chapters based on college campuses across the country, the state and U.S. PIRGs have been advocating and organizing for public interest issues for over 30 years. The issues they tackle include protecting public health, alerting consumers to scams and rip-offs, working to make the government more accountable to the public and making higher education affordable.
Interns work with U.S. PIRG staff members on projects such as creating new policy ideas, devising strategy, researching, drafting legislation, lobbying Members of Congress, media outreach and garnering political support for U.S. PIRG causes. Each intern works one-on-one with a PIRG mentor. In addition, summer interns participate in regular brown bag lunch discussions with PIRG leaders.
Open to college seniors, recent graduates and grad and law students. Applicants must have a strong commitment to U.S. PIRG issues, strong writing and analytical skills and the ability to debate and speak persuasively.
Brian Walker, Internship Coordinator
U.S Public Interest Research Group
218 D Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 546-9707
Number of Interns: Less than 10
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Unpaid
Academic Level: College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students