Maybe you’ve got an ear for rhythm, an eye for detail, a mind for research — and a stomach for revision, revision, revision.

Maybe you’ve been mesmerized by a soaring keynote, or fidgeted through a dull one, and wondered about the process that makes speeches what they are.

Maybe you’ve been inspired by a powerful essay, or read one and thought, “I could make that better!”

If so, you might be just the person we’re looking for.

West Wing Writers offers full-time, paid internships to a select few candidates who are interested in learning more about a career in speechwriting and strategic communications.

We don’t expect interns to have written speeches before, but we do want people who love to write and are excellent researchers; people who are creative, curious, thoughtful, motivated, and dependable.

As an intern, you’ll be an integral part of the West Wing Writers team, giving you an insider’s view of the process by which big ideas are formed, articulated, and amplified.

Our interns have gone on to write for leaders at the Human Rights Campaign, Teach for America, Planned Parenthood, and YouTube; for foreign ambassadors, senators, and cabinet secretaries — even for the President of the United States.

The internship is full-time — 9 a.m.–6 p.m., five days a week — and interns receive a $3,000 stipend each month. Additional requirements include:

  • Extensive research experience
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Demonstrated interest in writing and strategic communications
  • Authorized to work and accept new employment in the United States

We hire interns for three cycles: Summer (June-August), Fall (September-December), and Winter/Spring (January-May).

Generally, the applications for each of these three cycles open during the following months:

  • January (Summer)
  • April (Fall)
  • September (Winter/Spring)

The application period for the 2019 West Wing Writers Summer Internship (June-August) is now open.

For updates and specific deadlines, please see this page, or follow us on Twitter.

We will accept applications for summer internships in Washington, DC, New York City, and San Francisco until 5 p.m. EST on January 22, 2019.

Apply Today!
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