Are you interested in how policy decisions are made and influenced in Washington? Do you want to make a difference for people living in cities and towns around the United States? The National League of Cities’ federal advocacy internship will provide a student with the chance to learn more about the research, grassroots organizing, and lobbying activity that influences federal policy. Federal advocacy interns will support NLC’s federal advocacy efforts with substantive projects that include research and oral and written communications components, as well as opportunities to meet and network with other nonprofit professionals, city leaders, and federal staff and officials.
Examples of Work:
-Conduct research on key congressional committees and members of Congress, as well as the cities in their districts;
-Maintain and update data on cities and city leaders for grassroots advocacy campaigns;
-Create content for NLC’s online publications, website, and other communication vehicles;
-Attending hearings or briefings on a range of policy issues and reporting back to federal advocacy staff;
-Attend meetings with city leaders, advocacy coalitions, congressional staff, or federal officials; and
-Providing administrative support as needed.
Qualified candidates should be approaching or in their final year of undergraduate education or in a graduate-level program in government, public policy, public administration, or a related field. Priority will be given to candidates with experience working on advocacy campaigns. Relevant coursework and volunteer work will be considered.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Qualified candidates should have excellent oral and written communication skills; strong organizational skills; ability to conduct research online and by phone; and understand how to use a database. Experience writing in Associated Press style and interest in local government a plus.
This is a paid internship for a period of three months (12 weeks). Beginning and end dates are negotiable. Work hours are at least 37.5 hours per week.
To apply, send a cover letter, resume and short writing sample to:
National League of Cities
660 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 450
Washington, D.C. 20001