Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Spring Public Policy Internships

InterAction’s Public Policy Team is seeking applications for two unpaid internship positions for the Spring of 2016 in Washington, DC.  InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) working in every developing country.  

InterAction’s Public Policy team offers internship opportunities to motivated individuals with a compassion for global change. Our team coordinates Congressional advocacy efforts for our members on a wide array of development and humanitarian topics and is a stepping stone to a career in policy and advocacy. Interns walk away with a deeper understanding of current policy and advocacy efforts in the international NGO sphere and a breadth of skills they can bring to any entry-level policy position.

Primary responsibilities include:
  • Attend and summarize hearings and briefings as needed on the Hill;
  • Research legislative action that affects the international humanitarian and development community;
  • Update the InterAction website and online profiles with legislative, member, and program updates as necessary;
  • Provide support to public policy team members for meetings and briefings at InterAction and on the Hill, including: scheduling, tracking RSVPs, developing and assembling materials, supporting staff in preparing coffee, ordering catering, and writing summaries of the proceedings.

An intern can expect to gain the following experiences beyond daily work duties:
  • Access to meetings of members and InterAction staff that focus on a variety of current issues;
  • Networking with the staff of member organizations;
  • Opportunities to learn about detailed and timely topics;
  • Feedback and critique of your resume;
  • Informational interviews with InterAction staff.

These and other assigned duties will be designed to support you in gaining the following knowledge, skills and abilities for obtaining future employment:
  • Familiarity with tools available for Congressional research;
  • An introduction to professionalism and DC office etiquette;
  • Familiarity with advocacy strategy implementation and experience using a variety of advocacy tactics;
  • Understanding of the pressing issues within the NGO space and a variety of areas of work for InterAction's members;
  • Increased network of contacts and an improved resume.

Qualifications and competencies of the ideal candidate:
  •     Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  •     Must be currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs;
  •     Must be able to work with minimal supervision;
  •     Commitment to being in the office at least 20 hours per week;
  •     Demonstrated ability to manage tasks and meet deadlines;
  •     Commitment to team work;
  •     Strong computer skills (including Microsoft Word and Excel);
  •     Good interpersonal skills.


HOW TO APPLY

Apply at http://www.interaction.org/about/internship-program. Applicants should create a profile and upload a resume and cover letter when prompted (the prompt may only ask for a Resume, but candidates should upload both documents). The position will remain open until filled. If you have any technical issues while applying contact intern@interaction.org for assistance.