Public Interest Internship Program
Our 10-week internships are unpaid, and can be full-time or part-time. The specific dates of an internship are flexible and depend on our needs and the applicant's schedule. CSPI offers a collegial work environment and flexible schedule to accommodate your academic responsibilities and work-life balance. If your school offers academic credit for internships, we will work with you to meet your school’s requirements. We will also reimburse you up to $5/day for commuting expenses.
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Attn: Human Resources Department
1220 L St. N.W. Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20005
CSPI was started in 1971 by three scientists who saw the need for an organization to evaluate the effects of science and technology on society and to promote national policies responsive to consumers' interests. CSPI focuses primarily on health and nutrition issues, disclosing deceptive marketing practices, dangerous food additives or contaminants, and flawed science propagated by profits. Findings are communicated in press interviews and a variety of educational materials, which include reports, books, posters, software, videos, and the Center's Nutrition Action Healthletter.
CSPI offers internships for a small number of qualified students in undergraduate, graduate, law, and medical schools each summer and during the school year. We also consider post graduates. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled. Please note the application review periods:
Summer internships - Applications considered in February/March
Fall internships - Applications considered in July/August
Spring internships - Applications considered in December/January
Application materials should include the following:
1. A cover letter indicating issues of interest, future plans, and dates of availability.
2. A résumé. Experience with advocacy groups is advantageous.
3. Writing sample, if required by the specific project (one to three page document that demonstrates your ability to write in a clear and concise manner).
Email to: email@example.com (this is the preferred method)
It's best to submit all of the requested documents at the same time.
If your background and interests are a good match for our internship, we will contact you using the information you have provided. Due to the volume of applications we typically receive we are unable to provide additional information on our selection process to applicants who are not chosen for interviews.
Please contact the Human Resources office if you have any further questions.
Health Promotion Policy - Accepting applications for Spring 2018 (updated 11/20/17).
The Health Promotion Policy Project advocates for health promotion and prevention of disease through nutrition policies at the local, state and federal levels, encourages the food industry to improve their products and practices, and engages health professionals, academics, and concerned citizens in supporting our efforts. In particular, Health Promotion Policy is working with advocates at the federal and state/local levels on policies to reduce sugary drink consumption (such as soda taxes and warning labels) and to reduce sodium in the food supply. Interest and experience in advocacy research, organizing, and lobbying are a plus.
Nutrition Policy - Accepting applications for Spring 2018 (updated 11/20/17).
This project covers hot topics related to nutrition and health policies. Current issues include the Farm bill, school foods, food additives, food marketing to children, obesity prevention, and getting junk food out of retail checkout aisles. Projects may involve research for policy analysis and development, tracking legislation and regulations, grassroots organizing to support state and local policy, and assisting in federal policy advocacy. Applicants should have a strong college-level science, public policy or law background and must submit a writing sample.
Nutrition Action Healthletter - Accepting applications for Spring 2018 (updated 11/20/17).
CSPI has been promoting healthy diets for more than 40 years, and has had a profound effect on the way Americans eat. As part of it's mission, Nutrition Action Healthletter (NAH), the nation’s largest-circulation nutrition newsletter, helps shape the national conversation on sound nutrition by translating the best available science into advice for the public and healthcare professionals, and ultimately into recommendations for legislatures, government agencies, and industry. Interns assist with a variety of projects related to upcoming articles, especially collecting information about packaged and restaurant food online, by phone, and in supermarkets, entering nutrient data into spreadsheets, transcribing interviews, and occasionally preparing recipes. Applicants should have strong research and communications skills as well as an eye for detail. An interest or coursework in nutrition or communications is preferred.
Litigation - Fall 2017 internship is not available (updated 9/14/17).
The Litigation Project uses state and federal courts to help correct corporate misbehavior. The project brings its own advocacy lawsuits, working with private lawyers across the country. CSPI's legal filings have produced binding settlements resulting in more honest labeling of artificial ingredients and halting deceptive marketing. Many of the legal matters in these cases are developing issues with many interesting questions of both law and social policy. We are considering applications from first and second year law students. Applicants should have a strong interest in consumer and regulatory law, excellent legal research and writing skills, a commitment to public interest work, and must submit a legal writing sample.
Regulatory Policy & Food Additives - Applications are considered year-round (updated 7/25/17).
We’re searching for bright, hardworking law and policy/science graduate-level students to work on food safety, antibiotics use in animal agriculture, food additives and government oversight of the food supply. The work involves legislative analysis, litigation and regulatory filings as well as research and advocacy related to corporate practices. Projects may involve conducting research for policy analysis and development, tracking regulation and legislation, and assisting with ongoing litigation and policy advocacy. Applicants should have a strong background in public interest advocacy and are encouraged to submit a non-technical writing sample (i.e. a news article, report, policy paper, or other writing targeted at a lay audience) as part of their application.
Center for Science in the Public Interest
1220 L St. N.W., Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20005
CSPI is an equal opportunity employer.
Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
For updated information on this or other openings, visit: Jobs at CSPI