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CPA-Zicklin Corporate Political Spending Summer Internship

2022 CPA-Zicklin Corporate Political Spending Summer Internship
CPA's 2022 Summer Research Interns will be engaged in important research on corporate political spending, the path of dark money in political campaigns, and other areas related to the Center for Political Accountability's work on corporate political spending and activity.

The internship is remote, however in the event that CPA staff return to our Dupont Circle offices during the internship period, interns would have the option to come in to the office on a similar timeline as CPA staff. Applicants need not be in DC or travel to DC to apply for or complete the internship.

Working through a network of shareholder partners, CPA engages companies to improve the disclosure and oversight of corporate political spending and alert companies and shareholders to the risks involved in such activity. It also closely monitors the consequences of company political spending. This includes preparing reports on company political spending, its consequences and the risks it poses to companies. Among CPA’s seminal reports are Collision Course (2018), Conflicted Consequences (2020/2021)Corporate Enablers (2021)Hollow Policies (2022), and Practical Stake (2022).

The Center publishes the annual CPA-Zicklin Index that benchmarks companies on their political disclosure and accountability policies and practices CPA also created and maintains, a database of corporations’ voluntarily disclosed electoral contributions. Beyond the Index and TrackYourCompany, the Center developed the CPA-Wharton Zicklin Model Code of Conduct for Corporate Political Spending which it is engaging companies to adopt.

The Internship
CPA is seeking summer interns to conduct research primarily for the 2022 CPA-Zicklin Index as well as smaller research projects related to CPA’s work on corporate political spending. After orientation, summer interns conduct all foundational research for the Index from company websites and provide the first round of analysis for each company reviewed.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in the influence of money in politics and how large companies engage in the electoral process, excellent attention to detail, and be a self-starter. Interns will learn about campaign finance law and the various entities that engage in political spending. Interns will work under the supervision of CPA’s Vice President for Programs/Counsel.

Interns will receive a stipend of $2,000 upon completion of the program and may earn academic credit. Interns generally work 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday-Friday. The internship lasts 10 weeks, beginning on Monday, June 6, 2022.

  • Currently enrolled in a bachelor's program or bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Self-motivated individual who can work independently
  • Ability to efficiently manage time and meet deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Interest in money in politics issues and/or corporate social responsibility

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and résumé (combined into a single pdf file) to with the subject line “2022 CPA-Zicklin Summer Internship”. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled, therefore applying as soon as possible is strongly encouraged.