Since 1981, Political Research Associates (PRA) has produced investigative research and analysis on the U.S. Right to support social justice advocates and defend human rights. Our core issue areas span reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, racial/immigrant justice, civil liberties, and economic justice.
Interested in joining our team as an intern?
PRA offers paid fall, spring, and summer internships at a rate of $17/hr. Internships are usually 150 hours total over the course of a semester or equivalent time period (10-12 weeks) and takes place at our office in Somerville, MA.
Please note: Our internship program will be remote for the Fall of 2021. PRA is based in Somerville, MA and operates on East Coast time. Only candidates who are physically located in and performing work from one of the following states at the time of the internship are eligible to apply: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Kentucky, or California.
Application Information and Timeline:
- Fall 2021 internship: Internship posted in July. Internship begins no later than Oct 4.
- Spring 2022 internship: Internship posted in mid October. Internship begins by Feb 1.
- Summer 2022 internship: Internship posted in mid February. Internship begins by June 1.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from the time the application is posted. You are encouraged to apply early for full consideration. In the past, our application has closed two to four weeks after posting, depending on the volume of applications we receive. PRA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, LGBTQ persons, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Fall 2021 Internships - posted Jul 26, 2021
- Research and Editorial Internship (no longer accepting applications as of 8/16/21)
- Communications Internship (no longer accepting applications as of 8/16/21)
Spring 2022, Summer 2022 Internships - not yet posted
What’s it like to intern with PRA?
“The PRA internship program introduced me to an entire network of dedicated activists, journalists, and researchers focused on an often under-analyzed force in our political landscape - the Right. As a research intern, I had the incredible first-hand opportunity to explore and write about this thorny subject area myself. Along the way, I learned invaluable research techniques and new ways of conceptualizing today’s antidemocratic tendencies, insights which will surely inform my work in the future and shape my political consciousness for a long time to come. I felt completely supported in this endeavor by my lovely mentors at PRA, who went above and beyond to help me grow professionally and connect with other progressive movement-builders. This experience has afforded me the confidence and skills to pursue new projects in organizing, research, and writing to disrupt the status quo and build a more inclusive, just world.” - Natalie Li, Research and Editorial Intern, 2021
“Few internships give you the opportunity to take the lead on projects that are important to you while also providing you resources and support along the way. PRA’s internship program is refreshingly intentional and accommodating to your interests and needs. The mentorship I received was unparalleled in its warmth and generosity. My internship at PRA vastly increased my knowledge and capacity as a student, professional, and activist.” - Ari, Communications Intern, 2020
“My research experience with PRA was unforgettable. Through this internship, I was able to gain valuable research skills while helping the team collect data on how militia groups showed up at Black Lives Matter protests [in the summer of 2020]. At the end of my internship, I saw the data we collected turned into an interactive map! As a PRA intern, your thoughts and contributions will be valued every day as you work alongside respectful, brilliant, and welcoming staff. The staff is exceptionally kind, hardworking, and invested in the growth of their interns. This experience gave me an environment to blossom and gain many new skills. Your work as an intern matters and is critical to the success of projects, and that kind of responsibility and trust is incomparable to other organizations.” - Maya Aga, Research and Editorial Intern, 2020
“Working at PRA shaped my academic, political, and professional goals. I gained experience in rigorous fact-checking and research. Collaborating closely with my supervisor helped me further hone my research and editorial [skills]. PRA staff genuinely respected and valued the interns and created a workplace that felt more like a community.” - Erin, 2019
“My internship at PRA was such an important step for me. The mentorship aspect of the program allowed me to build technical skills related to research, writing, and critical thinking. But the truly special aspect of the program was the opportunity to be in community with a really dynamic group of folks researching the Right with the express purpose of advancing social justice. The conversations that I had with PRA staff expanded my worldview, and showed me the possibilities at the intersection of activism and editorial work. I will hold and draw from this experience in every project that I engage going forward!” - Marshall, Research and Editorial Intern, 2019
“My internship with PRA was fantastic - the program provides you with robust training, essential foundational knowledge on the issues, and great mentorship opportunities. The staff are really welcoming, value your input, and provide critical insight into the complexities of this work. This internship truly gives you the tools to meaningfully contribute to the progressive movement through rigorous research and analysis. It prepared me for roles in progressive comms, research, and campaigns against hate and misinformation, and I regularly refer back to PRA’s expertise to shape my political awareness and how to build successful progressive movements to challenge the Right. This is a really career-defining opportunity!” - Sarah, Research and Editorial Intern, 2019
“PRA was the best internship I ever had! I learned so much from all the team, particularly my [supervisor], and I really enjoyed fact-checking as it allowed me to learn a new skill. The people were so nice to work with and the work they’re doing is extremely important.” - Research and Editorial Intern, 2017
“I look back on my time at PRA with gratitude. There I learned about research as service: service to activists, community organizations, and anyone committed to a more just world.” - Allison Puglisi, Research and Editorial Intern, 2017
- Is there the option to continue for two semesters if the internship is a good fit? For the fall internship (2021), we will be prioritizing candidates who may be interested in continuing on in the spring. Arrangements to continue for a second semester will be made on a case by case basis.
- How do I apply? We will only review applications submitted via Bamboo. Please do not send applications via email or any other third party application or website.
- Do you accept applications from candidates who aren’t currently in undergrad? While our internship program is geared toward second, third, and fourth year college students, we occasionally have placed recent graduates and individuals with alternative experience. This internship is not suitable for high school students.
- Do you give school credit? Former interns have been able to use our internship as part of the requirements for completing a degree. Our internships are 150 hours over the course of 10-12 weeks. If that is compatible with the requirements for your coursework, we are happy to talk with you further about possible course credit.
- Is this internship remote? Our offices are currently closed, and the fall 2021 internship will be remote with the potential possibility of coming into the office if we reopen. We will consider candidates who are not local to the Boston area, as long as they have work authorization in the US, can work on an Eastern Time schedule, and are physically located in and performing work from one of the following states: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Kentucky, or California.
- Will you sponsor a work visa? Candidates must have work authorization in the US to be considered for our internship. We are unable to sponsor work visas.
- I want to prepare my application ahead of time for early consideration. How can I prepare? We suggest that you update your resume and reflect on the following questions: Why do you want to intern at PRA? Which of our issue areas are you particularly interested in and why? What makes you well-suited to this internship?
- What is the application process like? We open our application and begin reviewing applications as they come in. Once we have several strong candidates, we will reach out to them for phone screenings. Phone screenings are an opportunity for us to tell you about PRA, the internship, learn a bit more about you than we can see on paper, and for you to ask us lots of questions. We will then usually ask strong phone screen candidates for a writing sample. At that point, if there’s mutual interest, we move forward with a video interview. We do reference checks for all finalist candidates before making an offer. We generally ask that interns make a decision within a week of receiving an offer. Candidates have the opportunity to speak with current/former interns before making a decision, if they wish.
Other questions? Contact: email@example.com.
Summer 2021 Internships - posted Feb 26, 2021 - no longer accepting applications