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.




Fall 2018 Internship: CLOSED
Spring 2019 Internship: Click here to apply!
Summer 2019 Internship: TBA


Running Start is a nonpartisan nonprofit that trains young women to run for political office.

Join Running Start’s dynamic team that has given 15,000+ young women the skills and inspiration they need to run and win in the past 12 years. By the end of, 2018 Running Start will have trained 2,500+ high school, college, and young professional women at 100+ trainings around the country.

This is an ideal internship for someone in the Washington, DC area 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, interns work on:

  • Helping staff market and organize logistics for various events, including our annual high school program and summit in June and 50-75 Elect Her college workshops across the country
  • Assessing Running Start programs by processing and analyzing evaluations from workshops
  • Drafting business communication and social media content for Running Start staff
  • Researching women in politics around the world, young women candidates running for office, and the next steps of Running Start’s 12,500+ alums
  • Helping to maintain our information database.

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.

Running Start interns get to participate in all local Running Start trainings that occur during their internship period.


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.


Running Start interns get are also program participants: they attend in all local Running Start trainings that occur during their internship period as participants. This includes skill building workshops and meeting mentors.

Spring 2019 Start Date

The ideal candidate will start by January 14, 2019, but start date is flexible. Application will remain open until all intern positions are filled. However, applications received by November 9, 2018 will be included in the first round of review.

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!