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 2 highly motivated students or recent graduates to intern with our Washington, D.C. office to support our development and policy work for the fall.
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 early September through mid-December with flexible start and end dates. If full-time (40 hours/week), the internship duration is 10 weeks.
Applicants must be located in/have an address in DC, Maryland, or Virginia and have the right to work in the US. We are currently operating on a hybrid model, so interns will have the option to come into the office with staff if desired.
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
· Specifically support the Food Security, Nutrition, and Agriculture workstream, including engagement on the Global Food Security Act and 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.
Please include your resume and cover letter in your application. Position will remain open until filled, but applicants who submit their applications before August 19, 2022, will be prioritized for review. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered for this position.
All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for an extended period. Due to the volume of applications, only finalists will be notified. No phone calls please!