Corporate Dark Money Research Internship (Winter/Spring Term)

Job Description
Winter/Spring 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 mission of the Center for Political Accountability (CPA), a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization, is to encourage corporations to adopt disclosure of their electoral spending and to promote responsible oversight practices and accountability policies. CPA partners with NGOs, public pension funds, and socially responsible investors to file the CPA model political spending resolution at leading corporations. CPA also publishes the annual CPA-Zicklin Index of Corporate Political Disclosure and Accountability, which ranks companies in the S&P 500 based on their transparency and accountability policies, and maintains, a database of corporations’ voluntarily disclosed electoral contributions.
CPA is seeking fall interns to conduct research, particularly on corporate dark money, for CPA's work on a follow-up to its Collision Course report, and to conduct research for The ideal candidate will have an interest in the influence of money in politics, excellent attention to detail, and the ability to perform complex qualitative data analysis. 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.
The internship is unpaid but interns will receive a transportation stipend of $500 (less for part-time interns).


  • Bachelor's degree or currently enrolled in a bachelor's program
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Superior time management skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Interest in corporate social responsibility and money in politics issues


To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to with the subject line “CPA Winter/Spring 2020 Internship.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled.

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