Hours per week
16 - 20 hours per week
1701 K Street Northwest
District of Columbia
Are you interested in learning how to be an effective advocate and navigate the politics of Capitol Hill? Voices for Progress seeks a Federal Policy and Legislative Intern to join the D.C. staff. Voices for Progress is a young and progressive advocacy organization building a counterweight to the armies of wealthy people and corporations who seek policies serving their own narrow financial self-interest. V4P has enlisted hundreds of philanthropists, investors, and business leaders nationwide to advocate in the public interest. Our members and staff meet with elected officials throughout the year to fight against climate change and poverty, to end big money’s dominance of elections, and to win public investments in economic opportunity.
You will have the exciting opportunity to work closely with the policy team in preparation for the semi-annual Federal Advocacy Summit—a two-day event featuring advocacy meetings with U.S. Senators—and assist with several other federal policy priorities. Assignments will add value to Voices for Progress’ advocacy work and your development as a professional in the policy/advocacy field, including researching and tracking policy and legislation, writing and preparing backgrounders on senators and policy issues, and planning for meetings with Members of Congress.
Our internship will offer you access to a number of professional development opportunities, including participating in coalition meetings, attending networking events, shadowing meetings on the Hill, and attending policy forums and briefings based on our work and your interests. The Federal Policy and Legislative Intern is a temporary position and will report to the Federal Program Manager.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Contribute to success of two-day Federal Advocacy Summit by preparing advocacy materials, documents, communications, and webinars; assisting with day-of logistics and attending advocacy meetings with U.S. Senators and their staff.
- Participate in and take notes at policy briefings, advocacy meetings with elected officials and other advocacy-related events on Capitol Hill.
- Monitor legislative and policy developments and conduct in-depth research on specific policy issues.
- Prepare issue briefs, factsheets, talking points and policy analyses on assigned issues.
- Staff the reception desk on a rotating schedule by answering the phone, greeting guests, accepting and sorting mail.
- Support other departments as needed throughout the semester.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Current junior or senior undergraduate student or graduate student pursuing a degree focused on politics, political science, or federal policy, or a passion for these topics.
- Availability to work a between 16 to 20 hours per week with the ability to work a minimum of 4 hours per shift, during the hours of 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.
- Well organized and able to track and appropriately prioritize multiple projects.
- Strong writing, research, communication and interpersonal skills.
- Impeccable attention to detail and strong proof reading skills.
- Well-informed and interested in current events, politics and policy issues.
- Dynamic and self-directed person eager to support a small but mighty team.
- Strong time management skills and ability to compile research and write briefings quickly to meet tight, fast-moving deadlines.
- Creative thinker who is always willing to take on new challenges.
- This position will report to the Federal Program Manager.
- This position will interact with Voices for Progress members, organizational allies, and congressional staff.
- The intern will receive bi-weekly compensation at $13.25/hour, as well as accumulated paid sick time.
- The intern will receive a $50 monthly transit stipend.
How To Apply
To be considered, please submit the following materials to email@example.com by
Friday, October 19, 2018.
- Two to four paragraph writing sample
- 1 page cover letter that answers the following questions:
- Why are you interested in interning at Voices for Progress, and what are your qualifications?
- What policy issues are you most interested in?
- What is your Monday-Friday availability?
- If you are in a university program that requires a D.C. internship or plan to receive college credit for an internship, please provide a point of contact for the program and any requirements regarding the dates and hours to be worked.
Please include “Federal Policy Intern” in the subject line and indicate where you saw the job posting in the text of the email. Due to the volume of applicants, we will only contact applicants whose skill sets and experience meet our needs.
Voices for Progress is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender expression), color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Voices for Progress seeks a diverse applicant pool and encourages applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.