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.

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.

Open Positions

    • Executive Assistant and Operations Coordinator
    • Full-Time Summer Fellowship & Internship


Executive Assistant and Operations Coordinator

Taxpayers for Common Sense seeks an energetic and highly organized person to serve as Executive Assistant and Operations Coordinator.  This position will work closely with the President and Vice Presidents to provide staff and administrative support, light research, manage internal reporting systems, and coordinate schedules and travel arrangements. The EA/OC will coordinate with staff to prioritize and confirm upcoming events and meetings and provide support to the President in creating board materials. This is a great opportunity to work with smart people, learn interesting but obscure facts about policy, and play a key connector role in our small staff of 12.

TCS is a great place to work.  We strive to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay, and do their best work. Of our dozen staff, many have been here more than 10 years. TCS alumni have gone on to work as senior staff for House and Senate committees and members, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Office of Congressional Ethics, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the White House, and other national nonprofits and foundations, among many other prestigious employers.  We have good coffee in the office. There are excellent lunch options in the neighborhood. One block from metro and bikeshare.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Executive support and internal tracking (60 percent)

      • Provide scheduling and administrative support to the President, Executive Vice President, and Vice President.
      • Coordinate and manage internal tracking systems – including performance measurements, fundraising development deadlines, and timesheets.
      • Provide logistics and organizing assistance in preparation of board meetings and other events.
      • Respond to general requests for information.  Work with staff to develop proper responses.  Draft correspondence.
      • Assist President with scheduling and preparation for meetings and presentations, and with general correspondence.
      • Serve as a point of contact for the leadership team as necessary.

Managing information (30 percent)

      • Maintain donor and prospect records, individual donor solicitation calendar and call times.
      • Assist in managing the calendar of foundation communications.
      • Manage donor files in constituent management system to ensure up-to-date donor and prospect information; manage and update Development files.
      • Manage the gift processing system to ensure timely donation and donor acknowledgements, accurate data entry, and financial reconciliation.

Operations coordination (10 percent)

      • Monitor supplies and coordinate supply orders
      • Serve as point of contact for operational vendors including copier maintenance, trash collection, etc.
      • Assist President in onboarding of new staff and maintain frequently used employee resources.

General Requirements:

      • Common sense, initiative, and problem-solving skills.
      • Strong phone and interpersonal skills. A high level of attention to detail.
      • Ability and desire to collaborate, manage up, and work effectively with a wide range of personalities.
      • Excellent oral and written communications skills, strong editorial and proof-reading skills,
      • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion, even in an office with no walls.
      • Strong organizational and time management skills. Work effectively in fast-paced environment and intuitively under pressure.
      • Strong ability to track and juggle multiple tasks and priorities, and take ownership of projects.
      • Experience with Salesforce or similar contact management systems is highly recommended but not required. Training will be provided.
      • Commitment to nonpartisan mission, sense of humor, willingness to both take direction and pitch in where needed, and good attitude.
      • 1-5 years of experience in a nonprofit setting, a small business, or a political campaign.

This position is in the TCS office in Washington, DC. Competitive compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, vision, dental insurance; Metro SmartTrip deferral; 403b investment plan available. Taxpayers for Common Sense is an equal opportunity employer.   All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Send a cover letter with salary history, resume, brief writing or project sample, and contact information for three references by email only to: jobs@taxpayer.net, subject line “Operations and Development Associate.” Please, no calls.

Apply as soon as possible, application open until filled.

Full-Time Summer Fellowships & Internships

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


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 jobs@taxpayer.net

Please, no phone calls.


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.