Applications are open during the following time frames:

Fall Internship: May 15 – August 15
Spring Internship: October 1 – December 15
Summer Internship:

March 1 – March 27

***Due to overwhelming interest, we are closing applications for Summer 2015 on March 27, 2015.

To apply: Please send your resume and brief cover letter that includes your dates of availability to

This is an ideal internship for someone who would like a great deal of responsibility and variety in the work they would do during their internship.
Intern responsibilities include:

Event planning:

  • Selecting students and speakers for our political training programs (learn more about them here)
  • Helping staff organize logistics for various events, including our annual awards gala
  • Marketing


  • Drafting business communication for Running Start staff
  • Composing profiles of “young women to watch” around the United States
  • Newsletters, emails to our members, and press releases


  • Women in politics around the world
  • Young women candidates running for Congress
  • Why so few young women are running

Web upkeep:

  • Adding content to site
  • Monitoring our Facebook page
  • Monitoring our Twitter feed
  • Helping spread Running Start programs to education institutions around the country
  • Maintaining our information data base

This job is ideal for someone interested in learning about nonprofit management. Our interns get a well-rounded experience and are taught the ins and outs of Washington and advocacy.


Prior experience in politics is not required, but strong writing, communication, and organization skills are a must. A healthy sense of humor is also encouraged.


Summer 2012 Interns!          

What past interns have to say:

“As Running Start’s intern, I have made so many connections with organizations and people all over DC. This job, by far, has been the highlight of my Washington Semester—I have learned hands-on about the importance of women in politics. I am confident that I will come back to Washington after college, and I will follow-through with this mission that Running Start started, and will, achieve.” — Katelyn Shorey, Spring 2008 Intern/2009 Star Fellowship Graduate

“When I decided to intern at Running Start this summer, I did so with the hopes of gaining professional work experience and exposure to the non-profit sector. However, my internship at Running Start has provided me both with these experiences, and also with so much more. Through my work at Running Start, I have learned, first hand, the value not only of being a strong female leader myself, but also of being a part of a larger network of empowered women.  The professional and personal skills that I have gained at Running Start are relevant within and beyond the realm of politics, and I am excited to stay connected to Running Start and their mission long after this summer ends.”– Liana Eisman, Summer 2012


Running Start is a new organization. Consequently, we constantly have opportunities to volunteer for Running Start. Volunteer opportunities exist all year round and can be inquired about by emailing

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