Interning at the ACU

Each semester, the American Conservative Union (ACU) selects talented college students and recent graduates for its paid internship program. The ACU Internship Program provides a unique professional development experience designed to give participants first-hand knowledge of the state of the American conservative movement and our efforts to grow and strengthen it. Interns are tasked with a number of responsibilities, from assisting in grassroots advocacy to helping plan and present our annual CPAC event, the nation’s largest annual gathering of conservatives.

Interns are also given opportunities to learn more about Washington DC through informative and fun events. Interns will get the opportunity to attend a congressional hearing, tour the Capitol, and interact with conservative leaders from across the country.

Depending on the department,  you will be directly involved in the major projects of the ACU, like CPAC, state and Congressional ratings, and our social media presence. 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.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to jspringer@conservative.org. Applications are rolling, but the deadline for Summer 2015 is April 3. Include all of your contact information. If possible, indicate an approximate schedule if you are in school and have time constraints.


The Communications Intern will work with the Communications Department, assisting in daily tasks and long term projects.





The Events and Conferences Intern will work with the Events and Conferences Coordinator, assisting in daily tasks and long term projects.




Desired Skills


The Government Relations Intern will work in the Government Relations Department, assisting in daily tasks and long term projects.





The Operations Intern assists with a wide variety of assignments relating to the day-to-day operation of the organization, including financial, human resources, grant management and other operational aspects.





Do you like money, people, persuasive and creative communication? Then fundraising is for you! The development intern participates in a variety of fundraising activities, including direct mail, email, social media and website outreach, major donor relations, research, and grant writing.

RESPONSIBILITIES (Some combination of the following administrative and creative)



Volunteering at CPAC

Volunteering at CPAC is an experience that will provide an insider’s look at politics, event planning and grassroots activism. Volunteers work in a variety of capacities, including registering attendees, staffing the main room and breakout sessions, shadowing ACU staff, and assisting VIPs and attendees. More information about participating in the CPAC Volunteer Program will be available later this year.

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Founded in 1964, the American Conservative Union (ACU) is the oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization in the nation. For more than forty years, ACU has served as an umbrella organization harnessing the collective strength of conservative organizations fighting for Americans who are concerned with liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values, and strong national defense. As America's premier conservative voice, ACU is the leading entity in providing conservative positions on issues to Congress, the Executive Branch, State Legislatures, the media, political candidates, and the public. Read More

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