Both National Taxpayers Union (NTU) and National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) offer competitive internship programs for college students and recent graduates to learn more about government processes, free-market principles, public policy, the benefits of limited government, and nonprofit operations. Interns receive hands-on experience working to help advance tax reform, decrease public spending, inform the general public about the effects of government spending, and hold officials accountable.
Internship Application Process
Internships are granted on a rolling basis and may take place during any time of the year. Internships are generally unpaid, though participants may receive academic credit. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples with the subject line "NTU/NTUF Internship Program" to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internship opportunities exist in the following areas:
Assist the Communications department in responding to media inquiries and research requests; conduct media outreach; identify placement opportunities in print, broadcast, and online media; track media coverage; write for NTU and NTUF newsletters; and edit numerous written materials such as press releases, letters to the editor, and policy papers. Candidates will possess a basic knowledge of and interest in the media, strong communication and writing skills, and a positive attitude. New Media knowledge and video/audio production are pluses.
Assist NTU's Government Affairs department in lobbying on federal and state issues; conduct policy research and analysis; assist in grassroots taxpayer education efforts; formulate reports and opinion editorials; and attend or participate in policy seminars, hearings, coalition meetings, and briefings. Candidates will possess an interest in public policy (specifically budget, tax, and regulatory issues) and strong research, communication, and writing skills. Interns will leave with a better understanding of how government really works, valuable experience, and professional writing samples.
Assist Development department in expanding and maintaining NTU's and NTUF's fundraising programs; conduct research on potential donors; sustain relationships with current supporters through correspondence; assist with NTU’s direct mail program; and maintain NTU and NTUF's extensive database of members. Candidates will possess strong research and communication skills, attention to detail, and a commitment to free-market principles.
Policy & Research:
Assist with Foundation research and outreach activities related to budget issues & tax reform. Responsibilities include tracking the policy proposals of lawmakers and candidates as well as legislative tracking and research. Other tasks may include communications duties such as assisting with social media efforts, producing website content, and tracking NTUF's appearances in the media. Candidates will possess basic quantitative skills, attention to detail, an interest in public policy issues (specifically budget, tax, and regulatory issues) and strong research, communication, and writing skills.
Produce clear, coherent online products to illustrate NTU and NTUF’s products, utilize online tools, programs, and platforms to engage and educate our audience, and supplement content by other departments with sharp graphics and web pages. Candidates should be familiar with a number of social media platforms, and should possess some knowledge of graphical editing software, either online or offline. Skills related to Imgur, Reddit, LinkedIn, and email marketing platforms are encouraged. Basic HTML and CSS experience is preferred. Extensive training in proprietary products will be provided.