The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit health-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on nutrition and food safety. CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter, the nation's largest‑circulation nutrition newsletter. CSPI provides valuable, objective information to the public, represents citizens' interests before governmental bodies, and serves as a watchdog over industry. CSPI is supported by the subscribers to Nutrition Action, donors,and foundation grants.
CSPI offers unpaid internships on a full-time and part-time basis each summer and during the school year. We provide a collegial work environment and flexible schedule to accommodate intern academic responsibilities and work-life balance. If the intern's school offers academic credit for internships, we will work with the intern to meet his or her school's requirements. We also reimburse interns up to $5/day for commuting expenses.
We currently have summer internships available in each of the following projects. We recommend that interested candidates view the internship page of CSPI's website to learn more about our program.
Health Promotion Policy
The Health Promotion Policy Project advocates for health promotion and prevention of disease at the local, state and federal levels, encourages the food industry to improve their products and practices, and engages health professionals, academics, and concerned citizens in supporting our efforts. In particular, Health Promotion Policy is working with advocates at the federal and state/local levels on policies to reduce sugary drink consumption (such as soda taxes and warning labels) and to reduce sodium in the food supply. Interest and experience in advocacy research, organizing and lobbying are a plus.
CSPI's Litigation Project uses state and federal courts, as well as filings before federal agencies, to help correct corporate misbehavior. The project brings its own advocacy lawsuits, working with private lawyers across the country. CSPI's legal filings have produced binding settlements resulting in more honest labeling of artificial ingredients and halting deceptive marketing. We are considering applications from first and second year law students. Applicants should have a strong interest in consumer and regulatory law, excellent legal research and writing skills, a commitment to public interest work, and must submit a legal writing sample.
Nutrition Action Healthletter
CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter (NAH), the nation's largest circulation nutrition newsletter. Interns assist with a variety of research and writing projects, especially helping to prepare material for the nutritionaction.com website and social media. Applicants should have strong research and writing skills. A background in nutrition or journalism is preferred.
This project covers hot topics related to nutrition and health policies. Current issues include school foods, food additives, food marketing to children, obesity prevention, and getting junk food out of retail checkout aisles. Projects may involve research for policy analysis and development, tracking legislation and regulations, grassroots organizing to support state and local policy, and assisting in federal policy advocacy. Applicants should have a strong college-level science, public policy or law background and must submit a writing sample.
Regulatory Policy & Food Additives
This opening is for bright, hardworking law and policy/science graduate-level, students to work on food additives and government oversight of the food supply. The work involves legislative analysis and regulatory filings as well as research and advocacy related to corporate practices. Projects may involve conducting research for policy analysis and development, tracking regulation and legislation, and assisting with ongoing policy advocacy. Applicants should have a strong background in public interest advocacy and must submit a non-technical writing sample (i.e., not a legal memo) as part of their application.
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