PUBLIC POLICY & CONGRESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT INTERNSHIP
InterAction is a convener, thought leader, and voice for NGOs working to eliminate extreme poverty, strengthen human rights and citizen participation, safeguard a sustainable planet, promote peace, and ensure dignity for all people. It 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 globally and advocate to overcome poverty and exclusion by advancing social justice and basic dignity for all. Located in Washington, D.C., InterAction aims to give each member the collective power to speak and act on issues of common concern.
InterAction’s Global Development, Policy, and Learning [GDPL] Team is seeking 1 highly motivated student or recent graduate to intern with our Washington, D.C. office to support our development and policy work for the spring semester.
InterAction’s Global Development, Policy, and Learning Team offer 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 the executive branch. Our team portfolio includes work on Food Security and Agriculture; Water, Health and Sanitation; Budget and Appropriations, Humanitarian Policy and Practice Advocacy, Climate and Fragility, Children and Youth, and Democracy, Rights, and Governance.
Interns will be paid according to D.C. minimum wage ($16.10 per hour). They will also have the opportunity to receive class credits and a robust professional development program that includes workshops, trainings, and educational opportunities. We anticipate the internship lasting from mid-February through April with flexible start and end dates. If full-time (40 hours/week), the internship duration is 10 weeks.
Applicants must be located in DC, Maryland, or Virginia and have the right to work in the US for the duration of the internship. We are currently operating on a hybrid model, so interns will be expected to come into the office with staff, unless accommodations are required and put in place.
Responsibilities for the GDPL Intern will include:
Attend and summarize hearings and briefings on Capitol Hill, working group meetings, and events hosted by InterAction members
Provide administrative support for meetings and briefings at InterAction and on Capitol Hill including scheduling, tracking RSVPs, and developing and distributing advocacy materials
Contribute to strategy development and advocacy outreach
Research and brief on legislative action that affects the international development community
Update Airtable (an online platform for data management), and other internal databases
Support the Food Security, Nutrition, and Agriculture workstream, including engagement on the Farm Bill Reauthorization
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 in the US and abroad
Experience using a variety of advocacy tactics
Increased knowledge of civil society, public policy, international development, and more
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, networking opportunities, access to meetings and events, and more
Qualifications of the ideal candidate:
Bachelor’s degree (or working towards one) in government, public policy, international relations, international development, 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
Commitment to teamwork, good interpersonal skills, can-do positive attitude, and professional etiquette
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.
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