Jobs and Internships

Policy Associate

Organization Description:
DC Appleseed is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to solving public policy problems facing the National Capital region and improving life for residents. DC Appleseed works with broad coalitions of community leaders, government officials, attorneys, expert consultants, and others, to analyze and develop measured, well-researched practical solutions to complex, multi-faceted problems facing our community.  Our mission to improve the lives of all who live and work in the DC are often means focusing on marginalized communities and addressing racial, economic, educational and social inequities.

Depending on the problem being addressed, DC Appleseed’s projects involve conducting research, issuing reports, participating in regulatory proceedings, testifying before governmental decision-makers and bringing lawsuits when necessary.  DC Appleseed has a full-time staff of seven, and a distinguished 30-member board.


Job Summary:
The Policy Associate will provide substantive support to project teams in several of the following areas: adult literacy and workforce development, campaign finance reform, gun safety, D.C. democracy, sustainability (e.g., carbon pollution reduction, storm water management, urban river restoration), public health, early childhood education, closing the achievement gap in k-12 special education, and neighborhood preservation/affordable housing.

Duties vary by the goals of each project and may include:

  • Assisting the project director in developing and implementing work plans for project teams  comprised of pro bono lawyers and other professionals;
  • Finding and analyzing data and information on public programs, laws, best practices, and government budgets;
  • Tracking relevant policymaking at DC Council and government agencies, including budget, legislation and regulations;
  • Representing the organization at meetings with coalitions and other partners in the community;
  • Conducting field interviews with experts and stakeholders;
  • Writing, revising, and editing project reports, policy briefs, testimony, and memos;
  • Helping project managers devise and implement advocacy campaigns and strategies;
  • Working with Board members, funders, local officials and stakeholders, and reporting progress to Project Directors, Executive Director and Board;
  • Supporting media outreach on specific projects, including producing website and social media content;
  • Participating in fundraising activities as needed, such as meeting with funders, reviewing project-specific funding reports and proposals, assisting with annual awards event;
  • Assisting in the development and management of new projects.  This can involve researching key local issues, informing the scope of the project, working with project directors to obtain Board approval, and building a project team.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 1-2 years experience or Associates Degree with 5+ years experience
  • Relevant coursework or experience in policy, economics, law, education, public health or other project areas
  • Excellent quantitative and/or qualitative research skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience or knowledge of District of Columbia community and politics
  • Current knowledge of at least one specific project area preferred
  • Some experience working with elected officials and/or government agencies
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Willingness to ask questions and think creatively
  • Experience managing projects to completion
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Media and communications interest and experience a plus.


Starting Salary $45k-$55k, depending on experience, plus good benefits. High standards but informal environment. Email cover letter with resume, and brief writing sample to Incomplete applications will not be considered. DC Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Closing date March 24:  Start Date: Immediate.


Legal Internships

Positions Available:
DC Appleseed typically hires one to two legal interns for spring, summer, and fall. Second- and third-year law students with an interest in D.C. policy issues and/or public interest law are encouraged to apply. We especially look for candidates with strong research, analysis, and writing skills who have an ability to work independently and in a team. All intern positions are unpaid, and we request that any potential interns are able to commit at least 12 hours per week during the academic year and 40 hours per week during the summer.

Organization Description
DC Appleseed is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to solving public policy problems facing the National Capital region. DC Appleseed’s current projects involve children’s health, Anacostia River clean-up and waterfront development, HIV/AIDS, Attorney General reform, and D.C. voting rights. To address these issues, DC Appleseed works in partnership with community leaders, government officials, attorneys, expert consultants, and others, to analyze and develop practical solutions to systemic problems. DC Appleseed has a full-time staff of seven, and a distinguished 30-member board.DC Appleseed’s projects involve working with broad coalitions, issuing reports, participating in regulatory proceedings, bringing lawsuits, managing public education campaigns, and testifying before governmental decision-makers. DC Appleseed receives financial and in-kind support from local and national foundations, corporations, law firms, and individuals.

Depending on the substance and timeline of the project, interns will: conduct legal and/or policy research and write memoranda summarizing their findings; identify and research best practices—including legislative, regulatory, and policies that other jurisdictions have successfully implemented to address problems that our project teams are considering; attend and report on community outreach efforts and various public meetings and hearings; and prepare legislative briefing materials. Project assignments will depend on the organization’s needs. Applicants are encouraged to explore our website to learn more about our project work.

How to Apply
DC Appleseed hires interns through D.C. area recruiting events, including the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, Washington, D.C./Baltimore Public Service Career Fair, and GW/Georgetown Government and Public Interest Internship Fair. For further information, please contact Kevin Hilgers, Staff Attorney, at