PUBLIC POLICY AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS INTERNSHIP

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InterAction
Published
January 8, 2019
Location
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
Entry Level
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. One position is for Winter (February-May 2019) and the other is for Summer (May-August 2019).
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:
Budget and Appropriations: The Public Policy Committee (PPC) is the central working group for InterAction’s coalition-wide public policy work. The PPC focuses a great deal on budget and appropriations work, and is a forum for information exchange on the full range of policy issues affecting our members.
Democracy, Rights, and Governance Initiative (DRG): The initiative brings together leaders of the DRG community to facilitate collective engagement in the promotion of democracy, human rights, and good governance as a necessary foundation for sustainable development. It seeks to elevate DRG as a key goal of foreign assistance; garner public and private financial support for DRG policy and initiatives; advocate for the use of assistance mechanisms as the primarily method for DRG programming; and engage policymakers on how DRG helps achieve a more peaceful and prosperous world.
Food Security and Agriculture: The working group supports and strengthens US NGOs that are active in advocacy for international agricultural development and global food security. It focuses on Congressional advocacy to ensure investments are sustained and ideally increased, and that US policy on these issues remains strong and inclusive of US NGO goals and expertise.
Global Health and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH): These working groups seek to
strengthen the “how to” of health delivery and improve US government policies related to
WASH. The Global Health working group looks for ways to integrate health across other
development sectors, incorporate field perspectives and elevate the health agenda in crisis
situations. The WASH group works hard to encourage partnership among private, public and
non-profit donors in the water sector.
• Humanitarian Policy and Practice Advocacy: The Public Policy Team’s hill-focused advocacy on
humanitarian issues is coordinated with InterAction’s Humanitarian Policy and Practice Team.
Together, efforts assure that life-saving assistance is delivered to vulnerable people facing
protracted crises or natural disasters. The working groups coordinate multiple NGO’s work on
multiple country-based crises, sector-wide focus areas, and develop advocacy strategies with
the U.S. government, multilateral institutions, and foreign governments.
Fragility and Climate: These working groups seeks to address emerging issues in global
development, particularly as they related to violent conflict, and the nexus and tensions
between humanitarian, peacebuilding, and development work.
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 Knowlegis (a Congressional research and communication platform), the InterAction
website, and online profiles with legislative, member, and program updates as necessary;
• Provide administrative support for meetings and briefings at InterAction and on Capitol Hill,
including scheduling, tracking RSVPs, developing and assembling materials, supporting staff in
preparing refreshments, ordering catering, and writing summaries of the proceedings;
• Complete a longer term written product over the course of the internship that aligns with the
students’ interests;
• 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 meetings and events.

Qualifications of the ideal candidate:
• Bachelor’s degree 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);
• Basic knowledge of how legislation gets passed within U.S. Congress;
• Ability to write quickly and well, sometimes under pressure;
• 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 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 to ldoyle@interaction.org. Please put
“Public Policy and Government Affairs Intern Winter OR Summer – YOUR NAME” in the Subject line of
the email. Please specify which term you are applying for, either winter (February-May) or summer
(May-August).

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