Spring 2021 Research Intern

American Oversight is a non-profit organization dedicated to holding the executive branch accountable to the American people. Through open records requests and the power of the courts, we work every day to promote accountability; to uncover corruption and misconduct; and to expose the administration to public scrutiny. American Oversight’s investigations helped uncover the scrapped plan to mail face masks to every American household, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s efforts to secure military housing for himself, and key details of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s role in the Ukraine scandal, and have led to dozens of other significant stories. We’re expanding our focus and bringing our model to the states – using transparency tools to hold state governments accountable.

American Oversight is hiring a research intern to support our investigative work and help us hold the Trump administration and state governments accountable.

The position is remote and reports to our senior researcher.


As an intern you’ll:

  • Support the investigations team’s work by conducting creative, detail-oriented research using a wide variety of sources—including publicly available research databases, documents obtained through public records requests, and news reports;
  • Work with research and legal staff to develop and write public records requests aimed at uncovering government corruption and malfeasance at the state and federal levels;
  • Review documents that we receive from public records requests to identify newsworthy stories and opportunities for further research;
  • Collaborate with the communications team to write blog posts and other products synthesizing American Oversight’s research; and
  • Take on other tasks as needed.

This position is open to students and recent graduates who are interested in building their research skills in preparation for careers in fields such as journalism, law, policy analysis, campaign research, or government oversight.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong research and writing skills;
  • Commitment to accuracy and honesty in all aspects of our work;
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Interest and engagement in political news and the workings of the federal and state governments;
  • Comfort handling multiple projects in a fast-paced environment; and
  • A can-do attitude and willingness to take initiative.


American Oversight is proudly an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse team. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Internships are full-time or part-time temporary positions (15 hour per week minimum). Interns who are not receiving school credit for the internship are paid $15 per hour. Start and end dates are flexible, but internships will begin no sooner than January 2021. Hours can be adjusted to fit the intern’s academic schedule.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply using the form below as soon as possible. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and hope to complete our first round of review for spring internships by November 15, 2020.

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