Thank you for your interest in joining the Close Up team to inform, inspire, and empower young people to embrace the rights of being active citizens in our democracy. Close Up endeavors to attract and retain top-quality talent in order to guarantee excellent service to our customers. How do we achieve this? By providing an environment that challenges, motivates and equips you with the tools necessary to succeed. If you're looking for job satisfaction, excellent benefits, and professional development, Close Up is where you want to be.

Our Benefits

In addition to our fun and rewarding environment, Close Up offers a number of benefits for our core staff (full-time, full-year):

  • Competitive Salary & Growth Potential
  • Paid Annual & Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays (10 per year)
  • Health/Vision/Dental Coverage (premiums mostly paid by Close Up)
  • Life Insurance/AD&D, 4x salary (100% of premiums paid by Close Up)
  • Short & Long Term Disability Coverage (100% of premiums paid by Close Up)
  • Transportation Subsidy (Metro-accessible)
  • 403 (B) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Flexible Spending Account – Medical & Dependent Care
  • Direct Deposit
  • Free Gym Access

Benefits packages differ between employee classes and may not include all of the above benefits for every position.

Open Positions

Program Instructors

Program Instructors engage Middle School students from across the United States in controversial public policy discussions while using the nation’s capital as our classroom. Program Instructors will lead students through a life-changing educational experience which includes historic sites, iconic monuments and memorials, Smithsonian museums, meetings with elected officials and key public policy experts, as well as facilitating issue-based debates.

Close Up’s mission is to inform, inspire, and empower young people to exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy. As a non-profit/non-partisan leader in civic education since 1971, we believe that a strong democracy requires active and informed participation by all citizens; therefore we seek to reach participants of every race, creed, geographical community, socio-economic level, and academic standing.

The Program Instructor schedule is not your standard nine to five work week. Each week will mirror the program schedule to which an Instructor is assigned, generally a 55-hour week. Program schedules typically run from 8am through 10pm most days, and programs usually start late afternoon on Sundays and run through Thursday night.

We are currently hiring for a contract period of March 29, 2019 - July 29, 2019. Beyond the initial contract, there is room for growth at the Foundation. The salary is $2,643 per month plus benefits including transportation subsidy. Also offered are all program meals and the opportunity to receive a free graduate credit upon completion of the contract with an accompanying research paper. Program Instructors are provided 120 hours of paid pre-program training in our curriculum, methodology and programming followed by on-going professional development.

If you are excited about the prospect of becoming a Program Instructor, we welcome you to apply and explore how you can be part of an amazing network of Program Instructors who have led more than 850,000 students over 45 years through a “once-in-a-lifetime” Close Up experience.


  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in political science, history, education, social science or related field)
  • Passion for working with diverse students in grades 6-8
  • Interest in current public policy issues, history, politics, government and experiential education
  • Capable of keeping up with the intensity of the Program schedule, hopping on and off buses throughout the day, preparing and leading daily program components, and coordinating the movement of a large group of students on all program activities in the Washington, D.C. area and other program locations

Candidates who meet all qualifications are encouraged to apply. To apply, please submit a cover letter and résumé to Katie Whitmire at Selected candidates must provide proof of undergraduate degree prior to start date and submit to a criminal background check.








Close Up is an Employer of National Service.

We support service to community, with national & international impact, & the ability to make a difference. As an organization committed to making Peace Corps stronger, and a partner of the National Peace Corps Association, we give special consideration to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. People of color and women are encouraged to apply.

Close Up Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, and other legally protected characteristics.


"Without a doubt I have one of the most important and rewarding jobs in our country. Every week we inspire students to become active participants in our government and I get to watch the students grow into informed and engaged citizens with a new found passion for their civic responsibility. This job has enabled me to become more optimistic and inspired about the future of our country."

   – Andrew, Close Up Instructor
Educating for democracy since 1971