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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.

Open Positions:

1. Policy Analyst: Agriculture

2. Full-Time Summer Fellowships & Internships

Founded in 1995, Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS), a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan budget watchdog,  serves as an independent voice for American taxpayers. Our mission is to ensure that the federal government spends taxpayer dollars responsibly and operates within its means. At TCS, we believe that government waste costs more than just money.  Misguided government subsidies do more harm than good by endangering public health, aggravating social and economic problems, and undermining true national security.  We fight for a smart government that lives within its means. We believe in making decisions based on evidence and value. We believe that the decisions on how to spend our tax money should be transparent. And we believe we have a right – and a duty –to demand excellence and accountability from our government.

The core strategy of TCS has remained the same throughout our history: we eschew ideology and work with individuals and organizations from all political perspectives to build support for common sense reforms. TCS works to transcend partisanship and attract the widest possible audience to help build something Americans can believe in: a government that inspires trust and makes more sense.  TCS empowers the national and local media and citizen activists by providing them with the information, insight and necessary tools to help them report on and advocate for responsible spending priorities. You can browse through this website for more information on TCS programs.

TCS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, personal appearance, disability, veteran status, family responsibilities, marital status, political affiliation, matriculation, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law.


TCS seeks a highly motivated individual to support its Agriculture Policy Reform Program.

The Agriculture Policy Analyst works as part of the Agriculture team, under the direction of the Senior Policy Analyst.

TCS’s Agriculture Policy Reform Program works to secure a more cost-effective and transparent agricultural safety net that is accountable to taxpayers and reflects modern production practices. Taxpayers and America’s agricultural producers alike deserve an adequate, effective, and efficient agricultural safety net that limits unintended consequences, avoids unnecessary liabilities, and allows producers to manage their businesses according to their understanding of market needs rather than Washington’s demands. Agriculture policy must not devolve into parochialism at the expense of national interests. It also must not be tied to past challenges, but enable individual businesses and the sector to adapt to current and evolving needs.

With Congress undertaking a re-write of federal agriculture policy in an Omnibus Farm Bill TCS focuses its education efforts on 1) raising awareness of unproductive, fiscally and environmentally harmful, federal agricultural subsidies; 2) working with policymakers to improve measurement of agricultural financial safety net and conservation program performance to increase taxpayer returns on investment; and 3) reducing barriers preventing private risk management options from competing on a level playing field.


•             Monitoring policy actions, conducting research, and producing educational materials on federal agricultural policy;

•             Working with coalitions from across the political spectrum including conservative taxpayer groups, libertarians, environmentalists, and conservation-focused organizations;

•             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.



•             At least 2 years of policy/Hill experience.

•             Experience in agriculture policy, economics, or USDA data and procedures is a plus, but not required.

•             Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.

•             Demonstrated ability to follow, comprehend, and communicate complex public policy to non-experts.

•             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.

•             Willingness to share light office duties with a small and dedicated staff.

•             A desire to transform federal agricultural policy that serves the interests of consumers, producers, and taxpayers, rather than Washington-based special interests.

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 submit a brief cover letter, resume, short (2-5 page) writing sample, and two references (at least one reference from a former employer) by email to:, subject line: TCS – Policy Analyst: Agriculture.  No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.



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 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.
  • 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.

To Apply: Please submit 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), your resume, a short, 2-5 page writing sample; and two references (at least one reference from a former employer). to the attention of Human Resources at Please no phone calls. 


  • TCS provides a competitive stipend to all interns and fellows, and participates in several university internship programs that offer compensation or academic credit. In addition, TCS considers strong candidates independently for limited, competitively-paid positions.

TCS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, personal appearance, disability, veteran status, family responsibilities, marital status, political affiliation, matriculation, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law.

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