Our Intern Program

Cornerstone’s D.C. Intern Program provides two unique opportunities through our government relations and public affairs internships.

The government relations internship allows candidates to gain first-hand policy experience and exposure to the people and processes of the United States Congress and Washington, D.C., while our public affairs internship exposes candidates to the intersection of public policy, public perception and insight into the relationship between media and stakeholders.

Government Affairs Internship

Our government affairs internship provides students and graduates with a variety of learning experiences and an inside look at government relations strategies. We have successfully accommodated students from second-year undergraduates to second-year law students and Masters degrees graduates. We seek to ensure that interns who successfully complete our program are prepared to both succeed in entry-level policy positions as well as gain a deeper academic comprehension of the institutions that govern our country. Cornerstone’s Intern Program emphasizes effective communications, policy analysis, and research and writing skills.

Public Affairs Internship

Our public affairs internship offers students and graduates the opportunity to become an integral part of our public affairs team. This internship provides experience in drafting and executing full public affairs plans, pitching reporters, creating content, writing, and editing social media, press releases and more.

The ideal candidate has a vested interest in public affairs, excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to adapt, collaborate and a willingness to express new ideas.

While our program is perfect for a candidate who can commit to a full-time work schedule, we also regularly accommodate part-time interns.

Cornerstone pays interns $15.20 per hour. We also work with students who would like to receive credit for their internship and offer a hybrid program (in-person and remote).

Full-Time and Part-Time Opportunities (Full Time Preferred)

  • Full-Time Hours: 35-45 hours per week
  • Part-Time Hours: 25-25 hours per week

How & When to Apply

Interested candidates should apply directly via the contact form below or by emailing their materials to internrecruiting@cgagroup.com. Please indicate which internship you are applying for. To be considered, your application materials must include a cover letter and resume in PDF format and be clearly labeled with your first and last name (i.e. “John Smith_Resume”). While references and writing samples are not required, they are welcomed.  Once all applications have been reviewed, selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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