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Summer 2021 - TechCongress Intern (paid)

Do you want an in-depth experience at the heart of tech policymaking in Congress and Washington? TechCongress seeks a self-motivated graduate or undergraduate student or an individual with similar experience for a part-time or full-time internship for summer 2021 in our Washington, D.C. office. You should have an interest in learning about and improving Congress. 

TechCongress is building 21st century government with technology talent through our Congressional Innovation Fellowship. We are a non-profit startup incubated at the Open Technology Institute at New America. Our mission is to bridge the divide between Congress and the technology sector by placing technologists to work with Members of Congress and Congressional Committees in order to build capacity in Congress, train cross-sector leaders— who can understand the challenges of government and the technology community— and keep Congress up-to-date about the latest challenges and opportunities relating to technology.

About TechCongress

We've got great staff and advisors doing all we can to bridge the gap between government and the technology community. TechCongress is nonpartisan and works with a diverse set of political voices, and does not take positions on issues. We are building a new generation of technology leaders, and support our staff and fellows with professional development, networking, and freedom to tinker and test new ideas. Above all, we are vigilantly focused on adding value—to our people, our institutions and our society.

We are looking for a self-starting intern to help us build and grow the program!

About the Intern: 

TechCongress is looking for an Intern to work with staff and fellows. You will support TechCongress’s efforts to support our Congressional Innovation Fellows and Scholars and contribute to our communications strategy. The TechCongress / New America offices are located in Washington, D.C., right next door to the White House. 

Whether this internship will be remote / virtual or located at the New America offices in Washington DC will be determined during the hiring process. TechCongress is a distributed team, across the country, and remote work is possible. 


  • Support the administration of the Congressional Innovation Fellowship and the Congressional Innovation Scholars program, and help run our June orientation program. 
  • Support TechCongress’s editorial efforts - research, content creation, and copyediting;
  • Support analysis and strategic planning of our social media and podcast strategy;
  • Help keep TechCongress’s website current, creating and uploading content;
  • Support TechCongress events through live tweeting;
  • Assist with TechCongress’s monthly newsletter by summarizing recent work;

 You will also have the opportunity to author or co-author blog posts, articles, press releases or press pitches, as well as the chance to attend educational events.


  • A self-starter who can take on projects with minimal supervision;
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills;
  • Strong organizational skills, and keen attention to detail;
  • Available to work between 20-40 hours a week (part time or full time).

Additional Skills (a plus, but not required):

  • Familiarity with Squarespace, MailChimp, Zapier, Canva or image editing software;
  • Experience managing organizational social media accounts (non-personal accounts); 
  • Interest in tech and policy.

Application Process:

To apply, please submit a resume, one-page cover letter, and a brief (no more than 2 page) writing sample. Internships are paid $17/hour. A flexible start date between early-May and early-June would be preferable, and submissions will be considered on a rolling basis.

No phone calls please.

Equal Employment Opportunity

TechCongress values an inclusive and diverse workplace. Diversity is one of our core values, and it is something we are constantly trying to improve upon. We have piloted various practices to foster inclusive classes of Congressional Innovation Fellows. We are always learning and trying to incorporate lessons we’ve learned as well as new research on best practices as we grow. We also believe that ideological diversity should be central to all of our work. We are proud to be among the few truly non-partisan organizations remaining in Washington, and work with Republicans, Democrats, Independents and everyone in between. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our clientele, our employees, and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and fellows and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment and fellowship, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.

You can read more about our efforts to build an inclusive fellowship, especially by working with veterans and underrepresented minorities, on our blog


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