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2024 Summer Nutrition Policy and Lobbying Research Internship

🚀 Summer Internship

Washington, DC

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Summer Internship

Healthcare•Washington, DC


The Center for Science in the Public Interest offers a paid internship program for students in undergraduate, graduate, law and medical schools, and we also consider postgraduates. These paid internships offer structured work experiences and an opportunity to:

  • Gain substantial knowledge of the policy-making process and the role science plays.
  • Participate in group meetings and strategy brainstorming sessions.
  • Obtain general research and communication skills by working closely with science, policy, legislative and outreach experts.
  • Meet with staff at all levels of the organization to discuss career roles and paths.
  • Assess your own interests and skills.


  • Currently enrolled in or recently completed a public health, public policy, or nutrition Master’s program (MPH, MS, MPP, or MA)
  • Must have experience conducting scientific public health or public policy focused research
  • Experience with accessing and interpreting lobbying expenditure disclosures is a plus
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage tasks appropriately to achieve project goals
  • Interest in nutrition and public health policy

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities



  • The intern will work on data collection and analysis for CSPI’s Big Soda vs. Public Health 2024 report. CSPI has published three reports in the Big Soda vs. Public Health series (2015, 2016, and 2017) which evaluate differences in lobbying expenditures from the sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) industry and public health groups in support of and in opposition to SSB-related policies across the United States. The current report will evaluate SSB-related legislation and lobbying expenditures from the beverage industry from 2017–2023; it may also explore expenditures from other groups, like public health groups. The primary task of the intern will be to conduct searches of lobbying disclosure databases and analyze lobbying disclosure reports to identify spending by different companies and organizations. The intern will be provided with a protocol for data collection and training to ensure their competency with methods outlined in the protocol. The intern may also contribute to data cleaning, analysis, and writing the final report depending on their progress with data collection. The intern will be a critical contributor to this project and credited as an author on the final report.
  • Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide research assistance to support our work on corporate campaigns and lobbying analysis
  • Document data collection activities and adhere to the data entry protocol
  • Search, collate, and analyze lobbying disclosure reports
  • Assist the team in developing well-written, persuasive materials, such as reports, fact sheets, letters, talking points, and social media
  • Participate in research team meetings and other meetings with internal and external partners as needed


Work type

Full time

Work mode


Application deadline

Feb 28, 2024


Washington, DC