2020 Summer Intern, Advocacy


Position Overview

Forget spending your internship making coffee runs for your boss--our interns work with our amazing staff to help consumers make smarter choices--whether it’s some of the largest policy debates of the day (e.g., consumer privacy, net neutrality, sustainability, or self-driving cars) or everyday choices at the supermarket. Spend the summer developing skills that will serve your career goals while engaging in work that promotes facts, science, and smart public policy.


As a Consumer Reports intern, you’ll stand with us as we stand alongside consumers.  You’ll work with us as we empower consumers with the knowledge they need to make free, informed, confident choices in the face of a complex marketplace.  It’s important work and it’s been our thing for more than 80 years.


To get this work done, we are an independent (we take no ads!), nonprofit, social enterprise dedicated to celebrating and supporting our driven and diverse team. We look forward to having you join us in our mission to create a fairer, safer, and healthier world for all consumers.


The fine print:


Internships are available to current full-time law and master degree students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.



  • The program runs for 12 weeks between June and August of 2020, with some flexibility to accommodate school schedules
  • This is a paid internship, based on an hourly rate
  • Internships are on-premises in our Washington D.C. office; we cannot consider requests for remote positions
  • We cannot pay any relocation or housing allowance
  • Please specify in your application if you are seeking, and your school offers, academic credit for internships. Include the contact information for your academic Institution representative
  • Also specify if you have particular interest or expertise in one of the issue areas (financial services, telecommunications, etc.) listed below, as you may be assigned to a particular policy expert
  • Internships are filled on a rolling basis. It is suggested that you apply as soon as possible
  • Consumer Reports interns are considered trainees under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1973


Key Responsibilities

How you’ll be helping to make a difference: 


  • Support campaigns and policy efforts to improve consumer rights in a variety of fields, including financial services, telecommunications, health care, energy, technology, and auto and product safety.
  • Hone communications and analytic skills through drafting fact sheets, infographics, data analysis, research papers, blogs, and social media communications.
  • Attend hearings, meetings and other events to track the latest legislative and policy developments on Capitol Hill and other government and policy circles.

Qualifications Include


About you: 


  • Law students and public policy majors preferred
  • Self-starter interested in a variety of policy topics 
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Strong writer able to turn around projects quickly
  • Data presentation skills
  • Commitment to serving the public interest
  • Social media experience a plus


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