Policy Intern

Hours per week

12 hr/week



Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date



2200 Alaskan Way
Suite 460
United States


SEATTLE, WA - The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) internship program offers qualified students valuable hands-on work experience in a small, dynamic non-profit organization focused on U.S. - Canada relations and public-private sector cooperation. Interns will assist with PNWER working groups, conduct administrative tasks, and support staff in key project areas. PNWER focuses on a wide variety of working groups and cross-border collaboration issues including, but not limited to:

  • Energy & Environment
  • Border & Trade
  • Disaster Resilience and Cybersecurity
  • Infrastructure
  • Transportation
  • NAFTA Modernization
  • Workforce Development
  • Innovation
  • Economic Development
  • Invasive Species
  • Tourism

To apply, please send a brief cover letter and resume to nate.weigel@pnwer.org.

Application deadline is October 26, 2018.

What interns can expect from their internship:

The fall Internship will provide experience working in a small, non-profit organization focused on promoting regional cooperation and understanding. Interns will be assigned to working group areas and support staff in developing agendas around key policy issues; coordinating with stakeholders, including legislators and CEO's; researching and developing reports; and providing other logistical and administrative support.

Examples of duties would include, but are not limited to:

  • Development of relevant issues around above policy areas
  • Help prepare working group and policy materials
  • Engage on and coordinate conference calls
  • Research key stakeholders and issues in above policy areas
  • Assist in compiling regular email newsletter
  • Monitor local and national news
  • Assist with social media outreach
  • Administrative tasks related to organizational mission

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an undergraduate program. Students pursuing a degree in political science, international studies, public policy, journalism, environmental studies, etc. are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills (ability to provide writing samples upon request)
  • Confidence to work with high level legislators and business CEO's.
  • A self-motivated, outgoing person who pays close attention to detail and accuracy
  • Proven ability to multi-task, self-manage, and develop and keep timelines.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher

Internship Details

Internship positions are unpaid 12 hours per week. Ideal start and end dates are early October through mid December.


The Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) is a statutory, public/private partnership composed of legislators, governments, and businesses in the Northwest states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, and the Western Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Yukon Territory. PNWER promotes greater regional cooperation by governments and business to enhance the region’s global competitiveness, while striving to maintain or improve its environment. For more information, visit www.pnwer.org.

How To Apply


Please send resume and cover letter to nate.weigel@pnwer.org by October 12.