Running Start’s work to bring young women to politics would not be possible without our dedicated interns and volunteers. Interns typically work in our office for a semester, either during the Spring, Summer, or Fall. We periodically reach out to our volunteer list as opportunities arise depending on our upcoming programs and events.

Learn more about our internships here.

Learn more about volunteering here.




Summer 2017 Internship:


Application Closed

Fall 2017 Internship: TBD
Spring 2018 Internship: TBD

Check out the great Instagram series interns created to illustrate
what it’s like to intern at Running Start!
(Hover your mouse over each image to view its description.)


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. Unfortunately, we can only offer unpaid internships at this time.

Among other tasks & projects, all interns work on:

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 organizational 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 young organization with a modest staff. Consequently, we constantly have opportunities to volunteer for Running Start. Volunteer opportunities exist all year round–let us know you’re interested and add yourself to our volunteer list by filling out this form!