Government Relations Internship




District of Columbia
United States


Do you have a passion for wilderness and the outdoors? Do you want to help preserve protect our National Parksparks, forests, and wildlife, wilderness areas, and  refuges for future generations? Are you interested in participating in the process to designate new public lands?


The Government Relations team at The Wilderness Society (TWS) is seeking highly motivated students and post-graduates to join us for our year-round seasonal internship sessions. Our team is dedicated and passionate about protecting wild places across the US and we advance these priorities through focused advocacy on Capitol Hill and outreach to government the work behind TWS’ public advocacy strategy. Our priority campaigns include work on defense of existing wild public lands and the laws that protect them, appropriating federal funds for conservation programs, enabling responsible and development of renewable energy development on public lands, and supporting outdoor recreation opportunities for all people. To achieve these goals, Wwe work with numerous political players and partners, from elected officials Congress to small businesses to other non-profit organizations.


TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization and the [job title] will integrate these priorities throughout our work. Across our team, we aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff and interns– our greatest asset. 

, to green group coalitions, to government agencies to set strategy and priorities across all of our issues.


The Government Relations team offers internships and volunteer opportunities to those who wish to gain hands-on experience working closely with dedicated staff on public lands issues. These opportunities will allow students to gain course credit for their work as required, and continue their education while managing the following responsibilities:


Position Responsibilities

·        This is an active, often fast-paced internship. You will be working on legislative issues, visiting government offices and keeping up with the legislative events on Capitol Hill--not going on coffee runs!

·      Process Congressional reports and evaluate pending legislation, attend Congressional hearings and mark-ups and green groupcoalition events relevant to TWS mission and work

·      Conduct research and prepare blogs, letters, fact sheets on public lands issues

·      Conduct “Hill Drops” of materials to Congressional and administration offices

·      Track legislation, from introduction to passage

·      Prepare for and Aattend lobby meetings with congressional staff

·      Engage in coalitionSupport the development of new partnerships, attend coalition meetings, help with lobby days and trainings, make calls to activists and like-minded organizations

·      Perform general administrative duties in support of assigned project work. 

·      This is an active, often fast-paced internship. You will be working on legislative issues, visiting government offices and keeping up with events on Capitol Hill--not going on coffee runs!


Minimum Requirements

·      Demonstrated desire to learn about and work on public land issues

·      Excellent oral and written communication skills

·      Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs; GIS experience is a plus!

·      Must be a team player and willing to work in a collaborative environment

·      Willingness to adapt and remain flexible as projects and priorities change

·      Self-motivated, passionate, and professional

·      Most of all – willingness to have fun while producing great work!


Additional Details

·      Internships are usually unpaid but are available for college credit.

·      Internships are available on the following annual basis:

o Spring (Jan - May)

o Summer (Jun - Aug)

o Fall (Sep - Dec)


How To Apply

To apply, email a resume, writing sample, and cover letter to: Please use subject line: 'Communications Internship' and indicate what semester (spring, summer or fall) you are applying for in the email body or cover letter