Work for TCS

We are looking for talented people to add to our team of investigators, analysts, and advocates. TCS offers internships to qualified college students and fellowships to recent college graduates.

Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) is a nonpartisan budget watchdog serving as an independent voice for American taxpayers. Our mission is to achieve a government that spends taxpayer dollars responsibly and operates within its means. We work with individuals, policymakers, and the media to increase transparency, expose and eliminate wasteful and corrupt subsidies, earmarks, and corporate welfare, and hold decision makers accountable. For more information on TCS programs, visit

Research Assistant: Energy and Natural Resources Program

TCS seeks a highly motivated individual to support its energy and natural resources program.  The Energy Research Assistant works under the direction of the Senior Program Director.

The Energy and Natural Resources Program at TCS focuses its investigations and education efforts on 1) the need to eliminate wasteful and harmful subsidies, and 2) the need for federal management of public lands and waters that preserves their value, ensures a fair return from any private interest use, and avoids future taxpayer liabilities. TCS researches and tracks Congressional action on a variety of specific energy, lands, and resources issues. The Energy Program at TCS is well-known for the "Green Scissors" reports co-authored since 1995 with Friends of the Earth, comprehensive catalogues of subsidies and earmarks, and work with allies across the ideological spectrum.


  • Provide research assistance for fact sheets, white papers, testimony, and other educational products.
  • Provide administrative support to senior staff, including scheduling, proofreading, organizing, and note-taking.
  • Work with program staff to draft, edit, and post regular content for the TCS website ( and social media.
  • Monitor hearings, legislation, oversight reports, and other government action on relevant issues.
  • Manage materials production and logistics for special projects, including public presentations, report releases, coalition meetings, and press events.
  • Provide general administrative support for the organization, including events, database management, and other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in experience.
  • 1-3 years professional work experience, preferably in a nonprofit office setting.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated quantitative and analytical research skills with strict attention to detail.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comfort working under tight deadlines; willingness to commit long hours when necessary to accomplish a task on deadline.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize a multi-project workload.
  • High computer literacy, with specific experience using the Microsoft Office suite; web content management experience helpful, but not required.
  • Experience in natural resources, energy, or economics policy a plus.
  • Willingness to share light office duties with a small and dedicated staff.

This position, located in a small and fast-paced Capitol Hill office, requires a self-motivated and detail-oriented person with excellent organizational skills. Candidates must have exemplary research and writing skills and an ability to synthesize complicated material for the general public.  Successful candidates will show discretion, good humor, and strong judgment, and a commitment to TCS’ nonpartisan mission. 

Competitive compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, vision, dental insurance; Metro SmartTrip deferral and 403b investment plan available. Taxpayers for Common Sense is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: Please e-mail a brief cover letter, resume, short (2-5 page) writing sample, and two references (at least one reference from a former employer) by email only to the attention of Human Resources at, subject line “Assistant.” Application deadline: October 28th. Please, no phone calls.

Full-Time Fall Fellowships & Internships

TCS is looking for currently enrolled and recently graduated college students to fill full-time, internships and fellowships for the summer. To be considered for an Internship position, candidates must be currently enrolled college students. Fellowships are open to recent college graduates.

TCS Fellows and Interns will have the opportunity to: 

  • Gain a broad perspective and first-hand experience in federal policymaking in Congress and the Executive Branch, media relations, and coalition advocacy.
  • Develop their skills in writing, policy analysis, research, critical-thinking, and political awareness.
  • Work closely with the professional staff to assume real responsibility in a fast-paced environment on Capitol Hill.

 TCS Fellows and Interns will work in one or more of the following issue areas:

  • Energy and Natural Resources: Research and analysis on a range of issues including subsidies for conventional and alternative energy, public lands, water resources, and natural resource management.
  • Transportation & Infrastructure: Monitor and investigate federal spending on America’s transportation and infrastructure, including development of community disaster resilience and promoting reform of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make them more fiscally responsible and stop wasteful projects.
  • National Security: Work for a strong military at a reasonable cost, including monitoring the Departments of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security, and relevant Congressional committees.
  • Communications: Assist in outreach to reporters and producers on timely budget issues, monitor TCS’s media coverage, and promote TCS analysis and commentary on the web and through social media.
  • Fundraising and Organizational Development: Learn about nonprofit management and assist with outreach and communications, donor management, prospect research, grant writing, and other organizational development.

Qualifications and Compensation

Strong written and oral communication skills are essential, as well as attention to detail and an ability to be effective and organized in a fast-paced working environment. Candidates from all academic disciplines will be considered as long as they have a demonstrated interest in public policy, activism, or one of the issues areas mentioned above. Candidates interested in working with Communications must have some journalism or writing experience.

TCS participates in several university internship programs that offer compensation or academic credit. In addition, TCS considers strong candidates independently for limited, competitively-paid positions.

How to Apply

Please e-mail:

  1. a brief cover letter outlining your interest in an internship or fellowship with TCS (please make sure to indicate which program area you are most interested in);
  2. your resume;
  3. a short, 2-5 page writing sample; and
  4. two references, at least one reference from a former employer

to the attention of Human Resources at

Please, no phone calls.

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