Work For Taxpayers

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

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.

Full-Time Winter Fellowships & Internships

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
  • 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.