Summer Intern, Federal Advocacy





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District of Columbia
United States


Position Summary

Are you interested in how policy decisions are made and influenced in Washington? Do you want to make a difference for people living in cities and towns around the United States? The National League of Cities Summer 2018 Federal Advocacy internship will provide students with the chance to learn more about the research, grassroots organizing, and lobbying activity that influences federal policy. Federal Advocacy interns will support NLC’s Federal Advocacy efforts with substantive projects that include research and oral and written communications components, as well as opportunities to meet and network with other nonprofit professionals, city leaders, and federal staff and officials.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Conduct research on key congressional committees and members of Congress, as well as the cities in their districts;
  2. Maintain and update data on cities and city leaders for grassroots advocacy campaigns;
  3. Create content for NLC’s online publications, website, and other communication vehicles;
  4. Attend hearings or breifings on a range of policy issues and reporting back to federal advocacy staff;
  5. Attend meetings with city leaders, advocacy coalitions, congressional staff, or federal officials;
  6. Provide administrative support as needed.



Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers and smartphones.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.


Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This position regularly requires long hours and occasional weekend work as job duties demand.



Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area travel may be expected.


Preferred Education and Experience

1.     Qualified candidates should be approaching or in their final year of undergraduate education or in a graduate-level program in government, public policy, public administration, or a related field. 

2.     Priorty will be given to candidates with experience working on advocacy campaigns.

3.     Relevant coursework and volunteer work will be considered.

4.     Qualified candidates should have excellent oral and written communications skills; strong organizational skills; ability to conduct research online and by phone; and understand how to use a database. 

5.     Experience writing in Associated Press style, knowledge of HTML and an interest in local government a plus.


AAP/EEO Statement

National League of Cities is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and affirmative action 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.

National League of cities is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation


Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

Physical Requirements

This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs. Requires the ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally for 3-4 trips annually.

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