Internships for Money & Politics Investigators
Our interns work on a variety of projects designed to help MapLight liberate legislative data and analyze the significance of money on political outcomes. They are a critical component of our organization. They review primary source legislative data, research special interest donors and industries, and track legislation. Responsibilities include reading and analyzing congressional and California state bills, doing in-depth research on various industries' influence on the legislative system, political donor research, legislative and votes data entry, and other highly interesting projects that investigate politics and liberate political data.
The ideal candidate is interested in legislative policy analysis at the congressional or state levels and/or computer-assisted reporting on legislative politics; highly analytical, reliable, organized; has an interest in participatory democracy and the influence of money in legislative politics; has strong computer and demonstrated research skills; and is motivated by the mission and goals of MapLight. This position is ideal for someone seeking work and/or research experience pursuant to a career in journalism, government transparency, politics, or law.
There are ongoing needs in a variety of jurisdictions and legislative issue areas.
There are flexible start and end dates. The position requires 20 hours per week, with time split between home and our Berkeley office. We ask that you commit to a minimum of three months. The position is unpaid; a monthly stipend is offered to offset travel and other expenses. We are actively seeking current students and are willing to work around class schedules. You may receive course credit for the internship, depending on the rules of your particular school and department. Come work with us on the cutting edge of government transparency and accountability.
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MapLight, an award winning nonprofit, brings together information on campaign contributions and votes in Congress and the California and Wisconsin legislatures. The first of its kind in the nation, MapLight provides an unprecedented window into the connections between money and politics. Read what The Nation, The New York Times, and others have said about us: MapLight in the news.
Please send resume and cover letter to jobs [at] maplight [dot] org.