Public Policy and Government Affairs Internship

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InterAction
Published
November 1, 2019
Location
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
Not specified
Education (minimum)
Bachelor's
Travel Required?
None
Base Salary
Not specified

Description

InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations with a combined donor base of $15 billion annually. Members operate in every developing country and advocate for global change to overcome poverty, exclusion, and suffering by advancing social justice and basic dignity for all. Located in Washington, D.C., InterAction aims to give each of its members the collective power to speak and act on issues of common concern.

InterAction’s Policy Team is seeking two highly motivated students or recent graduates to intern in our Washington, D.C. office to support our Congressional advocacy work.

InterAction’s Public Policy Team offers internship opportunities to motivated individuals with a passion for global change. Our team advocates for the public policy priorities of InterAction and its members, primarily with the U.S. Congress and executive branch. The team helps coordinate the policy positions of InterAction members through leadership in several working groups and initiatives. Specifically, the Public Policy Team leads the organization’s work on Food Security and Agriculture, Water, Health and Sanitation, Humanitarian Policy and Practice Advocacy, and Climate and Fragility.

Responsibilities for the Public Policy and Government Affairs Intern will include:

• Attend and summarize hearings and briefings on Capitol Hill and other events tasked by the Public Policy Team;
• Research and brief on legislative action that affects the international development community;
• Update Air Table (an online platform for data management), and other internal databases;
• Provide administrative support for meetings and briefings and large-scale events at InterAction and external sites, including scheduling, tracking RSVPs, developing and assembling materials, supporting staff in preparing refreshments, ordering catering, and writing summaries of the proceedings;
• Support developing workstreams related to the 2020 Presidential Election and climate mainstreaming;
• Other duties as desired or assigned.

During the internship, you can expect to acquire the following knowledge and skills:

• Familiarity with advocacy strategy development and implementation;
• Experience using a variety of advocacy tactics;
• Increased knowledge of members of Congress’ positions on foreign assistance;
• Improved knowledge of how to build working relationships in Washington, DC;
• Exposure to managing fast-paced coalition politics and trade-offs amongst a large consortium of non-profit organizations;
• Familiarity with tools available for Congressional research;
• Understanding of the pressing issues within the non-profit sector vis-à-vis InterAction's members and access to leading member NGOs;
• Professional development support in the form of informational interviews with staff, feedback on resume as requested, networking opportunities, access to m

Qualifications of the ideal candidate:

• Bachelor’s degree, in progress or completed, in government, public policy, foreign service, international development, global health, or another related field;
• Able to commit to at least 4 days a week of work (32 hours per week), with preference for those who can work full time (40 hours per week);
• Ability to write quickly and effectively, and ability to copy edit, sometimes under pressure;
• Basic knowledge of the legislative and election processes;
• Self-starter and self-motivated;
• Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.), Adobe, additional computer skills in Salesforce, graphic design, or related computer programs a plus;
• Interest or curiosity about policy and the non-profit sector;
• Demonstrated ability to manage tasks and meet deadlines;
• Commitment to teamwork, good interpersonal skills, can-do positive attitude, and professional etiquette.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter and writing sample of no more than three pages to policy@interaction.org. The deadline for Spring applicants is November 22, 2019. Please put “Public Policy and Government Affairs Intern– YOUR NAME” in the Subject line of the email.

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