This is a paid internship in our Alexandria, Virginia office. We have a strong preference for applicants that can work 40 hours a week. Additional hours may be required, and will be compensated, due to the amount of preparation that goes into executing our annual CPAC conference. It is anticipated that all spring interns, regardless of the department that they are assigned to, will travel to Florida and work at CPAC.
The ACU Internship provides a unique perspective of politics, allowing interaction with Members of Congress, media personalities, and thought leaders in the conservative movement. You will gain hands-on experience as part of a supportive and collaborative team, all sharing the goal of spreading and energizing the conservative movement in America.
We have 6 departments – Events and Conferences, Development, Communications, Government Affairs, Criminal Justice Reform, & Legislative Accountability. Each department has different responsibilities, but regardless everyone works together as a team to ensure the smooth operation of the organization. Below you will find a brief outline of potential intern responsibilities. Please see the ACU website for additional information on the various departments.
Events and Conferences intern responsibilities may include:

Assisting with the planning of CPAC Events
Coordinating with CPAC speakers and their staff
Planning and execution of the CPAC agenda
Assisting with the management of CPAC volunteers
Maintaining databases of contact information for speakers, volunteers, etc.
Attending meetings and venue walkthroughs
Providing on-site event support

Development intern responsibilities may include:

Donor, foundation, and prospective donor research
Donor communications, both written and verbal
Data entry of donor and prospect information
Writing and/or preparing grant applications for foundations
Travel arrangements for Development Director
Assist with event management and hosting VIPs
Assist donors or handle inquiries on the phone

Communications intern responsibilities may include:

Write and distribute press materials to promote ACU’s activities
Review, edit, and upload website content
Help to plan and execute press events
Maintain and edit large media database
Assist in the approval of media applications for CPAC
Review and cut media clips for the Chairman
Monitor ACU/ CPAC social media accounts

Legislative Accountability intern responsibilities may include:

Researching bills to be considered for State and Federal Ratings
Generating content for ACUF media platforms
Award creation and delivery for State and Federal Ratings
Preparing media briefing documents for the Chairman

Criminal Justice Reform intern responsibilities may include:

Researching CJR related legislation
Generating content for ACUF
Preparing briefing documents

Government Affairs intern responsibilities may include:

Researching legislation
Generating content for ACU
Preparing briefing documents

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About American Conservative Union

The American Conservative Union (ACU) is the nation’s leading conservative grassroots organization, educating and mobilizing conservatives to fight for the restoration of our Republic. We do this through a variety of initiatives, including our annual flagship Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington DC, international CPACs on almost every continent, Battleground CPACs in states across America, policy advocacy across the full spectrum of issues, and support of candidates for public office. ACU is well positioned to capitalize on our status as the nation’s original grassroots organization and as one of the premier advocates for conservative policy in Washington.