The Institute for Free Speech (IFS) seeks spring interns to aid our External Relations Department and Communications Department efforts.

Founded by former Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley A. Smith as a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, IFS exists to inform the public through litigation, policy analysis, media outreach, and educational activities on the benefits of freedom and dynamism in the area of campaign finance and election law. We promote and defend the First Amendment political rights of speech, press, assembly, and petition and oppose McCain-Feingold style regulation of campaign funding and other restrictions that limit the ability of citizens to participate in the political process and support the candidates and causes of their choice.

Primarily, spring interns at the Institute for Free Speech will aid the External Relations Department by:  (1) conducting original research and producing both short-term and long-term research products in the area of campaign finance regulation; (2) drafting short Issue Analyses on topical campaign finance issues; (3) authoring brief research critiques of the publications released by the anti-speech community; (4) authoring op-eds critiquing the claims of those who advocate for greater regulation of political speech; and (5) blogging on campaign finance issues with the guidance of an IFS supervisor. Interns will also likely attend hearings on Capitol Hill when necessary.

Spring interns at IFS will also aid the Communications Department by:  (1) blogging regularly on the Institute’s website; (2) aiding in the drafting of press releases and op-eds; (3) regularly updating and maintaining the organization’s website; (4) tracking media coverage of the Institute’s issues; (5) developing press lists; and (6) helping compile stories for the Institute’s signature daily Media Update.

Qualified candidates should have an interest in political science or election law and in defending the First Amendment. The most qualified candidates will have completed at least two years of undergraduate study.

Prospective interns should also have the following skills and experience:  excellent writing skills, solid analytical ability and Internet research skills, familiarity with Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, and Excel, a detail-oriented personality, strong initiative, and demonstrated resourcefulness, and a willingness to take on a variety of assignment types — working both independently and as part of a team. Candidates should be politically aware and involved (though no specific political preference is required).

Full-time interns may receive a stipend, as conditions and professional experience warrant. All interns will receive a full travel stipend via Metro.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. A winter start date is flexible (preferably in early January).

Please send a current resume, two writing samples reflecting solely the applicant’s own work (preferably about 5 pages in length each), a quantitative research sample, if available (likely via an Excel spreadsheet or an economics or statistics paper), one recommendation from a professor, candidate or elected official, political leader, or supervisor at a previous place of employment, and a transcript or list of all college-level classes to External Relations Director Matt Nese via e-mail in one combined PDF at, or via mail at:

Institute for Free Speech
ATTN:  Matt Nese
124 S. West Street
Suite 201
Alexandria, VA 22314

The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.