***FINALIST APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants are required to submit a resume (one page), statement of interest (one page), and two references by the application deadline on Sunday, February 6 at 11:59pm ET. If selected as a finalist, applicants to this host organization may be required to submit the following additional materials directly to the host organization after the application deadline:

- Writing Sample

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Our office is able to host a REMOTE intern.


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

INDUSTRY: Advocacy / Grassroots

ABOUT US: Rise is a national, nonpartisan movement built on training everyday Americans to access democracy through legislative action. Founded by Amanda Nguyen, Rise has passed a Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights in 26 states and the District of Columbia, as well as a unanimous Congressional bill signed into law by President Obama in 2016. This movement was built by volunteers around the country that come to us to be trained, mentored, and coached through the legislative process, while leading our efforts on the ground. Rise has expanded this idea to efforts to pass a resolution to establish survivors' rights as a global issue through the United Nations General Assembly and to issues outside of sexual assault through our Rise Justice Labs accelerator program.

Rise seeks qualified students to join the Rise Internship Program. Interns will get direct experience in writing bills, passing laws, negotiating United Nations resolutions, and building a social movement, i.e. combatting AAPI hate crimes. Past intern classes have organized and attended NASA rocket launches, conducted and prepared United States Congressional hearings, and travelled abroad to coalition build for the United Nations portfolio. Interns aid in Rise’s legislative campaigns around the country and world.

For more general information about Rise, you can read profiles by The Guardian, People Magazine, an interview with The Boston Globe, or watch a short clips from Vice on HBO and MTV.

  • ‍* Support the efforts of Rise in its various State, Federal and Global efforts however necessary
  • * Support the efforts of other Rise campaigns however necessary
  • * Assist in researching, developing, editing, and reviewing internal documents and briefing materials, including informational memos
  • * Provide direct support to senior staff in media events, including research, briefings and staffing
  • * Complete additional projects and other duties as assigned
  • * Change the world

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Virtual work environment with daily stand-up meetings in the morning to check in on tasks and progress.

EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: Access to high-speed Wi-Fi, Personal laptop, Smart Phone, Web Camera

Skills: Graphic Design, Social Media Management & Marketing, Research


  • ‍* Students currently enrolled in any two or four year undergraduate, or any post-graduate program
  • * Passionate about changing the world
  • * Detail-oriented, with the ability to be resourceful and work independently
  • * Strong analytical, writing, organizational, planning and management skills
  • * Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and G-Suite
  • * Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with others
  • * Knowledge of how a bill becomes a law

2021 Intern Reflection:

I have absolutely loved interning with Rise this summer. Your work has a real impact in supporting Rise and in advocating for the rights of survivors. No two days are exactly the same, so there is never a dull moment. One day, I might be writing a brief to prepare for an important meeting, and the next day, I'll be conducting research and writing a policy memo for Rise's UN campaign. Rise's staff is so kind and supportive, and they want you to have the best internship experience possible-- if you're interested in working on one of their projects, they'll help make it happen. Over the course of the summer, you will learn about all the behind-the-scenes work that goes on at the most successful legislative reform movement in modern U.S. history. You will join Rise's internal meetings and work closely with the team. If you are passionate about rights, advocacy, research, and writing, I'd highly recommend working with Rise. You will leave inspired by Amanda and her amazing team.

-Sydney Young

2020 Intern Reflection:

Working at Rise has been an amazing experience this summer- even remote! All of the staff and other interns are so passionate about the work they do, it feels like even the smallest of assignments have an impact on people's lives. Rise is an organization that works to advocate for and pen the civil rights of survivors into existence. They focus on passing bills and securing access to justice for survivors of sexual violence on all levels, from the state to the international level. I work under a staff member at Rise who focuses on both the Civil Rights Accelerator, where we help people pen their own civil rights into existence about topics that matter to them, and on their UN portfolio. These are the things I was most interested in going into this internship but there are an endless amount of topics you could work with so it's easy to find something you're both passionate about and interested in learning more about.

My day to day work changes consistently- no two days are quite alike. Often, I spend my time researching and writing which has helped strengthen both of those skills for me immensely. One project that was especially memorable was a virtual briefing Rise co-hosted at the United Nations to address survivors of sexual and domestic violence during the pandemic and push ambassadors and their countries governments to take responsibility of this issue. It was fascinating to help with the preparation for this event and equally as eye-opening to see all these high level ambassadors and diplomats come together to address a problem that means so much to me. If you're passionate about advocating for survivors and learning while you do it- this is the internship for you!

-Sawyer Taylor-Arnold '23

2019 Intern Reflection:

Rise has been an incredible place to work. Everyone has been helpful and supportive throughout my time here so far. My portfolio is primarily related to domestic policy, which has been spent attending meetings with legislators, researching legislation, and aiding our state based efforts. Since I've started we have had two different state bills pass and be signed into law. We are also doing work with the United Nations, which has involved lots of research into foreign ambassadors and keeping up to date with the status of survivors' rights in other countries.

-Justin McMahan '21

2018 Intern Reflection:

Rise has been a great place to work! The office itself is small and you'll get to work really hard and see actual results. I mostly work on policy advocacy which typically involves everything from scheduling to attending meetings with legislators, and doing research on people and legislation. We've also recently been working on a UN resolution which has involved doing lots of research on similar international efforts.

Since I've been here Amanda was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, I helped organize a hearing for the Senate Judiciary Committee (which involved getting to meet Terry Crews) and I've seen 2 state bills pass and 2 others get signed.

-Sarah Ryan '20

2017 Intern Reflection:

Working at Rise has been a huge eye-opener. We're involved in direct policy advocacy, meaning I get to do everything from researching legislation to sitting in meetings with legislators. I also help schedule, draft social media, plan political strategy, and fundraise. I've learned a huge amount about how the political process works and have gotten to meet many amazing, driven people. Amanda, the founder of Rise, is an especially inspiring and accomplished person to work with -- she's evidence that you're never too young to make a real difference in the world.

Rise is a small team of great people that I've gotten to know really well. Be prepared to learn quickly, work hard, and see results. I've seen 2 laws get passed while I've been on the team!

-Amelia Goldberg '19

Washington, D.C.