This is a paid internship in our Alexandria, Virginia office. We have a strong preference for applicants that can work 40 hours a week. Additional hours may be required, and will be compensated, due to the amount of preparation that goes into executing our annual CPAC conference. It is anticipated that all spring interns, regardless of the department that they are assigned to, will travel to Florida and work at CPAC.

The ACU Internship provides a unique perspective of politics, allowing interaction with Members of Congress, media personalities, and thought leaders in the conservative movement. 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.

We have 6 departments – Events and Conferences, Development, Communications, Government Affairs, Criminal Justice Reform, & Legislative Accountability. Each department has different responsibilities, but regardless everyone works together as a team to ensure the smooth operation of the organization. Below you will find a brief outline of potential intern responsibilities. Please see the ACU website for additional information on the various departments.

Events and Conferences intern responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting with the planning of CPAC Events
  • Coordinating with CPAC speakers and their staff
  • Planning and execution of the CPAC agenda
  • Assisting with the management of CPAC volunteers
  • Maintaining databases of contact information for speakers, volunteers, etc.
  • Attending meetings and venue walkthroughs
  • Providing on-site event support

Development intern responsibilities may include:

  • Donor, foundation, and prospective donor research
  • Donor communications, both written and verbal
  • Data entry of donor and prospect information
  • Writing and/or preparing grant applications for foundations
  • Travel arrangements for Development Director
  • Assist with event management and hosting VIPs
  • Assist donors or handle inquiries on the phone

Communications intern responsibilities may include:

  • Write and distribute press materials to promote ACU’s activities
  • Review, edit, and upload website content
  • Help to plan and execute press events
  • Maintain and edit large media database
  • Assist in the approval of media applications for CPAC
  • Review and cut media clips for the Chairman
  • Monitor ACU/ CPAC social media accounts

Legislative Accountability intern responsibilities may include:

  • Researching bills to be considered for State and Federal Ratings
  • Generating content for ACUF media platforms
  • Award creation and delivery for State and Federal Ratings
  • Preparing media briefing documents for the Chairman

Criminal Justice Reform intern responsibilities may include:

  • Researching CJR related legislation
  • Generating content for ACUF
  • Preparing briefing documents

About Conservative Political Action Conference

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is an annual political conference attended by conservative activists and elected officials from across the United States and beyond. CPAC is hosted by the American Conservative Union (ACU).

We believe that the Constitution of the United States is the best political charter yet created by men for governing themselves. It is our belief that the Constitution is designed to guarantee the free exercise of the inherent rights of the individual through strictly limiting the power of government.

We reaffirm our belief in the Declaration of Independence, and in particular the belief that our inherent rights are endowed by the Creator. We further believe that our liberties can remain secure only if government is so limited that it cannot infringe upon those rights.

We believe that capitalism is the only economic system of our time that is compatible with political liberty. It has not only brought a higher standard of living to a greater number of people than any other economic system in the history of mankind; more important, it has been a decisive instrument in preserving freedom through maintaining private control of economic power and thus limiting the power of government.

We believe that collectivism and capitalism are incompatible, and that when government competes with capitalism, it jeopardizes the natural economic growth of our society and the well-being and freedom of the citizenry.

We believe that it is the responsibility of the individual citizen, whenever his inherent rights are threatened from within or without, to join together with other individuals to protect these rights, or, when they have been temporarily lost, to regain them.

We believe that any responsible conservative organization must conduct itself within the framework of the Constitution; in pursuance of this belief we refuse to countenance any actions which conflict in any way with the traditions of the American political system.

The American Conservative Union is created to realize these ends through the cooperation, in responsible political action, of all Americans who cherish the principles upon which the Republic was founded.

The American Conservative Union will welcome all Americans who are prepared to fight for the revitalization and preservation of these principles through political action at the local, state and national level.