Monday, August 3, 2015

Paid, Full-Time Fall 2015 Public Policy Internship with the National Audubon Society

Fall 2015 Public Policy Internship

The National Audubon Society invites recent graduates or students pursuing graduate or legal studies to apply for our Public Policy Internship in Washington, DC. Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.
Policy interns in the Washington, DC office will be managed and supervised by the National Field Director for Audubon. He will oversee their internship experience by mentoring interns on environmental public policy, assigning projects, and coordinating schedules. Policy interns in our DC office will gain real world practical experience that will also compliment their scholastic pursuits in conservation, public policy, communications or related fields.

The internship experience is custom-tailored to give interns skills that match their career goals. Internships are full-time paid positions and housing is not provided. 

Major issues covered by Audubon's DC Office include:

  • Global Climate Change and Renewable Energy
  • Endangered Species
  • Farm Bill and Private Lands Conservation
  • Arctic National Wildlife Refuge & Other Alaska Issues
  • Ecosystem Restoration including the Gulf Coast, Colorado River Basin, Everglades and more
  • Conservation Programs Funding--Federal Appropriations
  • Public Lands Advocacy 
  • Volunteer Mobilization, Advocacy
  • Use of Social Media and Online Advocacy platforms

Essential Functions:

Audubon's Public Policy Office is a dynamic, well-respected leader in environmental advocacy. Interns are mentored by Audubon's highly skilled lobbyists, policy advocates, and grassroots team. Through this experience, interns will develop a range skills that includes lobbying, policy, and outreach.

Expand your Wings at Audubon and learn how to:

  • Conduct policy research and track bills moving through Congress
  • Gather and analyze information about priority Audubon policy issues
  • Write summaries of bills and administrative rules as well as educational fact-sheets for distribution to Audubon's networks
  • Gain exposure to Audubon’s grassroots outreach programs and methodology
  • Attend congressional hearings, help draft testimony, and accompany Audubon lobbyists and activists from the field on visits to congressional offices
  • Represent a large conservation organization in meetings with other environmental groups
  • Develop background information on Audubon priority issues and participate in Hill "drops"
  • Prepare briefing materials and develop public presentation skills

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree (or will have completed degree by start date)
  • Currently pursuing an advanced degree in Environmental science, Political science, Conservation Policy/Management is strongly desired
  • Candidates with relevant experience in conservation policy, environmental science, public policy research, political campaigns or congressional internship and environmental law preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Interested in environmental advocacy
  • Ability to handle research assignments, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and work independently
Cover letter and resume are due by August 14. Apply here