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Spring Internship

This is a paid internship in our Alexandria, Virginia office. We have a strong preference for applicants that can work 40 hours a week. Additional hours may be required, and will be compensated, due to the amount of preparation that goes into executing our annual CPAC conference. It is anticipated that all spring interns, regardless of the department that they are assigned to, will travel to Florida and work at CPAC.

The ACU Internship provides a unique perspective of politics, allowing interaction with Members of Congress, media personalities, and thought leaders in the conservative movement. You will gain hands-on experience as part of a supportive and collaborative team, all sharing the goal of spreading and energizing the conservative movement in America.

We have 6 departments – Events and Conferences, Development, Communications, Government Affairs, Criminal Justice Reform, & Legislative Accountability. Each department has different responsibilities, but regardless everyone works together as a team to ensure the smooth operation of the organization. Below you will find a brief outline of potential intern responsibilities. Please see the ACU website for additional information on the various departments.

Events and Conferences intern responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting with the planning of CPAC Events
  • Coordinating with CPAC speakers and their staff
  • Planning and execution of the CPAC agenda
  • Assisting with the management of CPAC volunteers
  • Maintaining databases of contact information for speakers, volunteers, etc.
  • Attending meetings and venue walkthroughs
  • Providing on-site event support

Development intern responsibilities may include:

  • Donor, foundation, and prospective donor research
  • Donor communications, both written and verbal
  • Data entry of donor and prospect information
  • Writing and/or preparing grant applications for foundations
  • Travel arrangements for Development Director
  • Assist with event management and hosting VIPs
  • Assist donors or handle inquiries on the phone

Communications intern responsibilities may include:

  • Write and distribute press materials to promote ACU’s activities
  • Review, edit, and upload website content
  • Help to plan and execute press events
  • Maintain and edit large media database
  • Assist in the approval of media applications for CPAC
  • Review and cut media clips for the Chairman
  • Monitor ACU/ CPAC social media accounts

Legislative Accountability intern responsibilities may include:

  • Researching bills to be considered for State and Federal Ratings
  • Generating content for ACUF media platforms
  • Award creation and delivery for State and Federal Ratings
  • Preparing media briefing documents for the Chairman

Criminal Justice Reform intern responsibilities may include:

  • Researching CJR related legislation
  • Generating content for ACUF
  • Preparing briefing documents

Government Affairs intern responsibilities may include:

  • Researching legislation
  • Generating content for ACU
  • Preparing briefing documents
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