D.C. Law & Policy Internship (Summer 2019)

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Full-time

Common Sense (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/) is the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology. Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on Netflix, Comcast, DirecTV, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 100,000 member schools across the country use our ratings and free curricula and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, legislators, and a grassroots community of concerned parents and teachers to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.


Common Sense Kids Action, the policy arm of Common Sense Media, is seeking applications for a D.C. policy internship in our Washington, D.C., office. Kids Action interns learn the ins and outs of policy and advocacy on behalf of America's kids and education, helping to make kids a top priority for the administration and Congress, all in a collaborative and collegial setting in the heart of the nation's capital.


Our interns hit the ground running and will learn to: conduct research related to federal and state policy in areas such as education, media, broadband, data privacy and security, technology, and other issues; write blog posts and memos; and assist with advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and with the administration, including attending meetings with policymakers and executive branch officials, all alongside our team of policy fanatics. This is a great opportunity for any individual looking to learn about enacting change from a policy level.


LOCATION: Washington, D.C.




  • Learn the inner workings of an advocacy department as well as the nuances of formulating policy.
  • Help advocate for policies and laws that advance the interests of kids.
  • Research and analyze federal and state laws, legislation, and regulations related to policy on education, media, technology, privacy, connectivity, and children's development.
  • Help draft blog posts, legal memos, and comments to the FCC or FTC.
  • Organize press clips.
  • Participate in our social media efforts.
  • Assist individual team members with other administrative duties as necessary.




  • Currently working to complete a law degree.
  • Detail-oriented with strong follow-through.
  • Flexible and responsive; willing to learn in a dynamic environment.



  • Upbeat, enthusiastic, authentic can-do attitude.
  • Highly organized.
  • Open to learning.
  • Dependable with a strong sense of urgency.
  • You are inspired by the Common Sense mission!



  • Ideal start date: Orientation is Monday, June 17, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. On-site attendance is preferred.
  • Ideal end date: Friday, August 9, 2019.
  • Hours: 40 hours/week.
  • Interns need to be available to attend a minimum of six weekly educational Lunch & Learns (there will be seven total). Lunch & Learns will be every Wednesday from 12 p.m.–1 p.m. (PST). On-site attendance is preferred.
  • We will work with your clinical or internship office for school credit if necessary.
  • This is a paid opportunity.


Common Sense values diversity and encourages students of all backgrounds to apply.