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Rewarding experience, don't expect to get paid

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Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

I worked at Public Citizen as an intern (less than an year)

Pros

I really enjoyed the mission of the team I was working on. It was very rewarding to know that I was working towards a change.
One of my managers was very nice, and I felt a deep connection with him.
Generally, you will find other progressive, like minded people working here.

Cons

They do not pay you for internships. I understand that this is common, but it seems unjust and hypocritical for such a far left organization, especially one that is so favorable to labor unions. The only people that can afford to do unpaid internships are middle class college students, so the organization is discriminating against lower class people and segregating their workplace. In my department, it was clear that they took on interns because the two staff members could not handle all the work themselves. It seems unjust that they would pay two staff members and then bring on more, essentially staff members, for the cheapest labor possible - free.
Campaign organizing is a great experience, but if you want to do it as a career and are starting off, you will be lucky to make 25k, if anything at all. Not to mention, it does not really give you skills that transfer to any other type of job.
Staff was a little snobby - several people scoffed when I told them I live in Maryland instead of in the city (Washington, DC). How do you expect an unpaid intern to live in such an expensive city?

Doesn't Recommend
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    Internship not as advertised.

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Public Citizen as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    If you are far to the left, don't mind working with an unorganized, low resourced staff, you may enjoy working with this organization.

    Cons

    The internship position was not as advertised online or what was discussed in the interview. Intern assignments could have easily been tasked to a high school student. The staff were unwilling to include interns on projects even though they all were so concerned about how much work needed to be done on a daily basis. Their office operations made zero sense - a very disorganized group. Each department works on their own agendas, with no overarching mission. Terrible experience with minimal reward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Internship was rewarding, but would have benefited from more structure

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Public Citizen as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was an unpaid intern at the Congress Watch division of PC (on Penn. SW near Third, not at "HQ"). I enjoyed the work I was doing (95% of time) and people I worked with (closer to 100% of time), and I believe in the over-arching mission of the organization.

    Cons

    The project I was working on didn't lead to an identifiable work product that I could later point to as an accomplishment, and so wasn't as likely to provide proof of my abilities to a later potential employer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a bit more oversight, so that interns are assigned to projects that are likely to reach some level of completion, allowing intern to say something like "I did ________ to [help] create __________, which _________[makes xxx contribution to xxxx]."

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    Neutral Outlook
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