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.

Open Positions:

1. Policy Analyst for National Security/Border Security

2. Full-Time Fall 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’s national security program is dedicated to achieving efficiency and transparency in the federal security spending arena, including the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and the Department of Homeland Security. In particular, TCS is focused on research and public education designed to bring facts to the discussion of border security. Working with the National Security Program Director, the Policy Analyst will take the lead on the border security project, monitoring policy actions, conducting research, and producing educational materials on current border security spending policies.


The successful applicant will assist with in-depth research projects, education efforts, media outreach, and coalition efforts focused on the fiscal impacts of defense spending including the appropriations process, weapons systems, and military contracting.  The Policy Analyst for National Security will conduct analysis of appropriations and authorization legislation, in addition to other programs and projects, and help to disseminate pertinent information about government spending in those areas from a fiscal perspective to other organizations, the public, lawmakers, and the media. Duties include the following:

  • Provide analysis of appropriations proposals directed at border spending and track authorizing legislation to identify possible efforts to expand current authority;
  • Produce border security spending facts for TCS website, incorporating all of our past and current research, as well as links to relevant primary sources like GAO reports, budget documents, and legislative text;
  • Participating in coalitions from across the political spectrum including conservative taxpayer groups, libertarians, progressives, and faith-based organizations;
  • Attending meetings with members of Congress and their staff from both sides of the political aisle;
  • Assist in organizing briefings, panel discussions, and other events;
  • Engagement with stakeholders in your issue area via social media, written products and personal relationship development;
  • Drafting opinion media including op-eds, blogs, and Letters to the Editor.


Candidates should have 3+ years of policy/Hill experience, possess excellent research and writing skills, and have a commitment to accurate, detail-oriented analysis. Strong communication skills are essential; prior media experience and connections are preferred; fluency in social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook a plus. Applicants should be willing to work long hours when necessary to complete a project under deadline and strongly committed to TCS’s values and mission.

This position is in the TCS office in Washington, DC. Competitive compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, dental insurance; Metro SmartTrip deferral and 403b investment plan available.

To apply: This position is available immediately and until filled.  No calls.  To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, salary history (with current salary included) and three references.  Applications are preferred via email to

Taxpayers for Common Sense is an equal opportunity employer. 



TCS is looking for currently enrolled and recently graduated college students to fill full-time, internships and fellowships for the Fall. 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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