Policy and Advocacy Intern

Hours per week

20 hours/week; Dates Flexible




District of Columbia
United States


Position Summary

Sandy Hook Promise is seeking highly motivated, creative, and organized interns to join our policy team for the Fall 2018 semester in Washington, DC. As a policy intern, you will work closely and collaboratively with our federal and state policy team. Interns will be exposed to all stages of the policy and advocacy process and will be a part of interdepartmental collaborations that leverage SHP’s field and programmatic resources to advance policy reforms.

This position is ideal for students who are effective communicators and eager and willing to learn about the fields of policy and nonprofit advocacy. 

Sandy Hook Promise is an equal-opportunity employer and committed to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, women, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Research on state and federal legislative and policy issues
  • Analyze and write summaries of legislative, policy and other issues
  • Draft advocacy materials for public engagement
  • Assist in the planning and execution of events on the Hill and at state houses
  • Support outreach to diverse partners and stakeholders
  • Other duties as required

Desired Skills and Experience

  • A strong dedication to advancing the mission of Sandy Hook Promise
  • A willingness to put mission before self and adhere to SHP’s above-the-politics approach
  • Highly organized, able to keep track of tasks, outreach, key deliverables, and progress
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Interest in and willingness to learn about violence prevention and mental health policy issues
  • Ability to work collaboratively and reliably with multiple stakeholders
  • Previous experience in public policy, on the hill, or in other government offices preferred but not required

How To Apply


Please send a resume and cover letter with the subject line “Policy Internship” to justin.etheridge@sandyhookpromise.org