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NOTE: The deadline for this application was 9/14/20 and the application window is now closed. We are currently reviewing applications and will be in touch with candidates soon. 


Research Internship

The Democracy Collaborative is hiring for a part-time, paid intern position focused on providing research support for our Theory, Research and Policy team. The internship will focus on our work to promote a more democratic and sustainable economy, exploring research in the areas of: public ownership, cooperative ownership, energy democracy, rural economic development, and community wealth building. 

The intern will produce research memos, fact check and edit documents, draft case studies, and conduct research for on-going projects. The intern will have the opportunity to work directly with Democracy Collaborative staff and participate in remote opportunities such as staff seminars and talks. For further details, please see the position description below. The Deadline for applications is September 14th, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 


Note about remote work and internship requirements:

Under normal office operations, our internship opportunities typically require proximity to our Washington, DC office and onsite interaction with staff. However, our office is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and all staff and interns are working remotely. Although the internship will be remote, we are still looking for candidates who would otherwise be based in the DMV area (Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia), or resident student candidates in Ohio, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Please read the full list of requirements below for more information. 


About The Democracy Collaborative:

Founded in 2000, The Democracy Collaborative (TDC) is a research and development lab for the democratic economy. We work across the spectrum from theory to action, identifying and focusing on key points of leverage and scalable impact, building actionable models and pathways that can unlock a new sense of hope and possibility.


Potential areas of focus:

  • Community Wealth Building
  • Climate & energy
  • Rural economic development and regional planning 
  • Democratic public ownership
  • Healthcare 
  • Racial equity & the democratic economy 


Projects for the internship will be based on our current research needs, as well as individual candidate’s area(s) of focus. 


Learning Areas & Responsibilities:

  • Conduct background research and produce research memos, case studies, and writing in support of ongoing projects and published material. 
  • Fact check and edits articles, reports, book manuscripts, and web content.
  • Update and upload content for This includes writing bibliographies and summaries for new articles and reports as needed. Examples of this kind of work can be found here.


Desired Qualifications:

  • An interest and strong commitment to economic justice 
  • An interest in the field of community-based economic development. (Actual experience not required)
  • Experience or interest in editing, proofreading, and research
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and communication (Specifically, having the ability to convey relevant information concisely and clearly)
  • A willingness to work independently with clear deadlines.



  • An ability to commit to 15-20 hours/week during regular work hours
  • Availability for team calls and virtual meetings
  • An ability to carry forward work products and team projects in a remote environment
  • Student residency in DC, MD, VA, MA, NH, or OH
  • Due to our office closure, interns will need to have access to a computer and internet service. 


*In general, our internship opportunities typically require proximity to Washington DC, and onsite interaction with staff in our DC office. However, our office is currently closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and all staff and interns are working remotely. We are still looking for candidates who would otherwise be based in the DMV area (DC, MD, & VA), but will consider candidates from OH, MA, NH as well.


Internship timeline and compensation: 

The internship will last 3-4 months, with a start date of late September with some flexibility to accommodate semester schedules and potential to extend into the next semester. The internship requires an ability to commit to 15-20 hours/week during regular work hours and will receive a $15 hourly stipend. 


If interested, please send a resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to The Democracy Collaborative at Please include  “research intern” in the subject line.


The Democracy Collaborative Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


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