Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute)

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored. This means that the funding for this internship is provided by two institutions at Harvard. The Primary Affiliation is with the IOP, and the Secondary Affiliation is with HGHI. The primary institute will be the point of contact during the application and internship onboarding process, and applications for this placement will be processed by the IOP.

Please note the IOP’s application instructions to ensure you meet all the requirements. The intern selected for this internship will have the benefits and obligations of an intern in both of programs.

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

INDUSTRY: Advocacy / Grassroots


WORKING HOURS: The intern needs to keep the same business hours as our office.

ABOUT US: Brady works to make gun violence prevention a non-partisan issue by taking action, not sides. By leading with facts and designing evidence-based programs that address the root causes of America’s gun violence epidemic, Brady unites Americans on both sides of the aisle in the fight against gun violence. We are responsible for the bipartisan Brady Bill—the only federal gun violence prevention legislation signed into law in the last 25 years. The bill, which made background checks required for gun purchases from licensed dealers, has blocked over 3 million gun sales to prohibited purchasers since its enactment.

Brady’s mission is to reduce rates of gun violence in the United States 25% by 2025 using a three-part strategy of litigation, legislation, and education. This strategic breadth is essential because gun violence takes many forms. Urban homicide, suicide, and unintentional shootings have different root causes that, together, contribute to the 100 people who are shot and killed every day. Brady programs are designed to specifically address each aspect of gun violence at its source. A thought leader in the movement, Brady partners its expertise in gun violence with national experts in other fields, like education, suicidology, advertising, and social work to ensure that our work is cutting edge and impactful.

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: Each year, 36,000 people in the U.S. die from gun violence. We can change that. No organization has a more comprehensive and systematic approach to ending America’s gun violence epidemic.

We will be hiring interns for each of our various departments. Interns could be hired for policy, organizing, finance, development, human resources, legal, or programs. Interns will need strong writing skills, including precise grammar, punctuation, and spelling; Ability to work well under pressure within a fast-paced, high-performing team; Strong desire to be a key team contributor; Self-motivated, creative, dependable and accountable. Below is the brief overview of department responsibilities:

  • Communications - One or more projects in Press/Media Relations, Social Media, Marketing, Social Campaign Research, Podcast, Graphic Design/Video creation; opportunity to work with all members of the team.
  • Partnerships - Assist Brady engage with our organizational partners, research potential new partners, and help work on our celebrity engagement initiatives.
  • Organizing - Frontlines of our communication with our chapters across the country; assist organizing protests, meetings and town halls.
  • Policy - Assist researching state and federal legislation and policymakers.
  • Development - Learn the ins and outs of fundraising by connecting with donors, planning and coordinating events, and researching prospective donors and partners.
  • Legal - Learn all aspects of our litigation work suing the gun industry and defending victims of gun violence in court; assist researching laws and statutes and assist with the drafting and editing of our legal briefs.
  • Racial Justice - The racial justice intern will take on a variety of projects related to the intersection of gun violence prevention and racial justice including researching and writing memoranda, monitoring trends and emerging thought leadership in the racial justice space. Brady’s racial justice program is cross-departmental, so the intern will also have an opportunity to gain exposure to Brady’s Legal, Policy, Organizing, and other teams.
  • Crime Guns - The Crime Guns intern will support Brady's Combating Crime Guns Initiative that uses data science, federal documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, and direct legal action to combat the flow of crime guns from negligent gun dealers into American cities. This is a unique program that takes a supply-side approach to gun violence prevention.

Highlights of Your Internship:

  • Support a compelling mission
  • Work alongside Brady subject matter experts and thought leaders
  • Be part of a cohort of like-minded interns
  • You'll be assigned an Intern Advocate to provide mentorship and help you set goals
  • Inclusion in team meetings, presentations, and calls
  • Opportunity to collaborate across the organization
  • “Lunch & Learns” on riveting topics
  • Social media training and the potential to write for the Brady blog
  • Social activities

The Ideal Intern:

  • Self-motivated, creative thinker.
  • You are on top of it! You are dependable and accountable.
  • You have a good sense of humor. You take your work seriously but don't take yourself too seriously.
  • You are open to different perspectives. The people that work at Brady come with a variety of experiences and stories that led them to this work.
  • No matter if the ask is simple or challenging, you see the big picture and you are happy to contribute.
  • Proudly represent an organization striving to prevent gun violence in our schools, on our streets, and in our homes.
  • Able to set a consistent schedule.


A few of our available internship positions will require specialized skills. A majority will require good research skills.

  • Graphic Design: Video editing, photoshop, InDesign

  • Social Media: Experience with Twitter, Instagram, Facebook


We work in a fast-paced environment that is often reactionary to the events of the day. An internship at Brady will provide interns will opportunities to work across departments and learn about the exciting work of the gun violence prevention movement. Interns will get exposure to key figures in the GVP movement including lawmakers, survivors, and activists. Our paid internship program features a comprehensive orientation, weekly "lunch and learns" during which our interns hear from subject matter experts, survivors, and staff, and are included in all office activities. Interns are encouraged to connect with as many people in the office as possible to grow their networks and explore areas in which they are interested. Interns will be paired with an Intern Advocate within their department who will serve as their manager to help them track projects, measure goals, and serve as a mentor throughout their experience at Brady.

EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: Access to high-speed Wi-Fi, Personal laptop. If you cannot use your personal laptop, one will be provided.

Our office is able to host an IN-PERSON intern.

2021 Intern Reflection

I came to Brady with some previous exposure to the area of gun violence prevention, but watching progress being made and setbacks being overcome in real time in states, cities, courts cases, Congress, etc., is an unbelievable experience I would not have been able to get anywhere else. I learn something new (actually, many new things) everyday. Brady has many teams and departments conducting important work, and my home for the summer has been the crime guns team where we focus on the supply side of gun violence. My team works in a multitude of different ways — litigating, researching, community organizing, writing policy — to try to stop the flow of crime guns and keep Americans safer. Not only do I love the work I am doing, but the people at Brady made me feel instantly welcome. Brady assigns each intern one or two “intern advocates” who help us set goals for our summer, work closely with us managing our work, and have check-in calls with us every day. Even while working remotely, I feel engaged with what is going on at Brady. This time investment its interns is indicative of Brady’s warm, welcoming culture. Gun violence prevention can be an exhausting area to work in, but after each call with a Brady team member I feel energized and excited for the next meeting, next project, next day!

Chloe Shawah

2019 Intern Reflection

Brady has a wonderful, collaborative culture that fully welcomes and appreciates the work of interns. Everyone at Brady is working hard to make sure I have as many opportunities as possible, including attending rallies and press conferences, going to protests, participating in calls and meetings with our partner organizations, and visiting the Hill. My assignments are fulfilling; I can always understand how my work is contributing to the organization as a whole. I have worked on a wide variety of different projects, from researching unintentional shootings in preparation for meetings with governors to tracking the views of the 2020 presidential candidates on gun violence prevention so Brady can make endorsements.

Kristen Stawasz '22

My internship with Brady has been a wonderful experience. Getting involved in the gun violence prevention movement is something I’ve wanted to do since the Mother Emmanuel church shooting in 2015, and Brady has given me the knowledge, agency, and support to both get involved and make a meaningful impact to the movement at large. While I work in the development department, I’ve gotten to attend Congress press conferences, meet with Congress members, participate in gun violence prevention protests in the DMV area, and much more. Specifically in the development department, I’ve been given a lot of independence in creating self-led projects such as designing and leading a workshop on corporate outreach strategies. Additionally, I’ve been featured on social media, written grant proposals, created multiple corporate donor profiles, conducted police violence research, sat in on important meetings, and learned the ins and outs of what it takes to build and sustain a nonprofit. The breadth of opportunity to do a variety of activities has consistently kept me engaged and excited to come into work.

Admittedly, Brady is my first internship, so I came in with the stories that I’ve heard from other students about their past internships. Stories that detailed internships that were altogether not good experiences which made me nervous about this summer. Thankfully, Brady dispelled my doubts within the first week of the internship. Everyone at Brady is so incredibly positive and passionate about the work they’re doing, and Brady’s work environment is very friendly and supportive. Brady really invests in its interns. From running club outings, to book club meetings, and development team lunches, Brady has a host of opportunities for interns and staff to create a sense of community among one another. Furthermore, Brady understands that we are still students who want to learn as much as possible during the summer. Brady hosts what it calls “Lunch ’n Learns” where interns can learn about a variety of topics such as social norm change with the AdCouncil, 401k plans, and medical research on mass shootings (and lunch is provided!), and the staff is very approachable and happy to share bits of wisdom when asked. And if all this wasn’t enough, Brady definitely keeps its interns well-fed with lunches, team breakfasts, and snacks! I have felt valued by Brady and am very grateful to have spent my summer working with such an amazing organization.

Gabriel Wadford '21

2018 Intern Reflection

I’ve really enjoyed my time interning at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. For the first few weeks I was working on the Asking Saves Kids initiative, leading up to ASK Day, June 21st and since then my scope has increased to include more programs and events. I’ve had the opportunity to proofread legal documents, draft the script for a Public Service Announcement, create a one-pager for our new initiative (reverse ASK), fact check resources, create information for the website, draft social media posts, write weekly bulletins for donors, conduct research, look over materials for programs that need updates and make recommendations for the future, place articles in publications across the country, help with expense reports, help organize fundraising events, join meetings, and get to know the passionate and kind staff here. All three of my bosses make an effort to offer me lots of different types of tasks that feel substantial, rather than busywork. They regularly ask what I want to do and consistently allow me to take on projects that I propose. They are incredibly supportive without being overbearing. 

On an average day I could be drafting articles, sifting through archival materials, researching the law, interviewing advocates, and lobbying on the Hill. It’s the best kind of busy.

Audrey Thorne '19

Washington, D.C.