Providing some of our most dynamic placements, these competitive internships give our interns an incredible boost on their resumes. Your roles might include research, writing, and tracking legislation, attending Congressional, Governmental Agency, or Parliamentary hearings, providing reports of hearings, shadowing lobbyists, providing administrative and litigation support, and communicating with constituents. Check out the listing for a sampling of government and political internship opportunities.
PR Placement with Irish Politician
This is an opportunity to work with a current political figure in Dublin, getting an inside view into international government and politics.
Ideal Candidate: Ideal Candidate should be able to: -Assist in preparing for elections -Blog -Manage Social Media -Plan and execute promotional videos and design pamphlets to target younger, more diverse groups of voters
Law and Policy Placement with Local Politician
This is an opportunity to work with a current political figure in Dublin and gain first hand government and political knowledge.
Ideal Candidate: Candidates should expect to Research and write up legal reports and letters. Engage in door to door canvassing.
Internship with a Member of Parliament
This MP has always been very active in parliament, serving on the Public Accounts Select Committee, and on the Broadcasting and Procedure Select Committees. He has stood on the Finance Standing Committee and scrutinized the budget for three years in a row. He has also been a member of many parliamentary groups including chairing the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sports and Leisure and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Commonhold and Leasehold Reform.
Ideal Candidate: Background/experience in law/government/policy or similar, willingness to get hands dirty with the rest of the staff, research skills, and ability. An interest in politics is more important than educational background.
Work and Learn from Senior Officials in Parliament
This government internship abroad is the opportunity to organize and work with senior official from around the world on matters that range from anti-corruption to gender equality.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will also possess a thorough understanding of and interest in geo-politics and international public policy issues, and demonstrate a sound knowledge of the structure and functions of public sector organizations both nationally and internationally.
Governmental Organization in Sydney
This local government organization is focused on providing services to residents and visitors to the city of Sydney. It encourages, delivers, produces, and promotes various programs, services, and projects to support the community. Interns would be involved with key organization policies, develop project proposals, attend meetings, and research information to better Sydney's communities.
Ideal Candidate: Interest in local government in a big city, organizational policy development and human resources.
Research and Program Development in Local Government
This government team runs a diverse range of programs that aim to impact safety in the city as well as strengthening communities and increasing social inclusion. Their strategy targets different groups including residents, students, business operators, workers, visitors, partner agencies and other teams within the city. Previous interns have helped develop various programs and community leadership and safety action plans where they have written business cases and papers seeking external funding, requiring lots of research and consultation.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a background and interest in government and political science, seeking experience working with government run programs. Excellent writing and communication skills required.
Mid-sized government affairs firm
This D.C.-based government affairs firm was founded with the primary goal of providing a select group of clients creative strategies to effectively represent them and their interests before the United States Government. This exciting government internship abroad provides students with a variety of opportunities. Interns typically assist principals in lobbying work for various areas including life sciences, military and defense fields. The candidate may also conduct research on laws, bills and topics as needed by company clients, write reports in both one briefs and white paper format, participate in conference calls with clients, and occasionally prepare white papers for submission to the Hill. He or she may assist with client communications, management of data and moving clients' requests forward, etc.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have strong research and writing skills, familiarity with "The Hill" and the ability to assist with client communication and management of data
Non profit focused on Latino legal civil rights
Latino legal civil rights organization often described as the law firm of the Latino community is seeking an intern. This firm promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate should come with coursework or work experience in humanities, liberal arts, policy, or politics. The intern will have interest in the Latino community but does not have to be bilingual.
Public Policy with a Major Consumer Advocacy Group
The leading US Consumer Interest Group is looking for a policy intern to assist the organization's advocacy efforts. The intern will work with campaign and advocacy staff to demonstrate support for issues at the state and national level; writing and compiling reports. Over the course of the government internship abroad, the student will learn the basics of a variety of issues, and then reach out to individuals, media outlets, organizations, and decision-makers to build visibility and gain their support.
Ideal Candidate: A strong commitment to consumer protection issues, strong writing and analytical skills , the ability to debate and speak persuasively, an enthusiasm for work in a fast paced, sometimes stressful atmosphere.
Legislative Experience with a Major Consumer Advocacy Group
The leading US Consumer Interest Group is looking for a legislative intern to assist the organization's advocacy efforts in the US Congress. The intern will work with staff to actually craft and advocate for legislation that pushes the organization's position in consumer protection. The intern tasks will vary, but will include writing and compiling reports. Over the course of the internship, the intern will learn the basics of a variety of issues, and experience life in the public policy and lobbying side of Washington DC.
Ideal Candidate: A strong commitment to consumer protection issues, strong writing and analytical skills , the ability to debate and speak persuasively, An enthusiasm for work in a fast paced, sometimes stressful atmosphere. An understanding of the American legislative branch is ideal.
Media and Communication with a Major Consumer Advocacy Group
The leading US Consumer Interest Group is looking for a media and communication intern to assist the organization's advocacy efforts. The intern will work with campaign and advocacy staff to demonstrate support for issues at the state and national level; writing and compiling reports. Over the course of the internship, he or she will learn the basics of a variety of issues, and then reach out to individuals, media outlets, organizations, and decision-makers to build visibility and gain their support.
Ideal Candidate: A strong commitment to consumer protection issues, strong writing and analytical skills , the ability to debate and speak persuasively, An enthusiasm for work in a fast paced, sometimes stressful atmosphere.
Policy and Market Research Intern
The Policy and Market Research Intern will support this organization's global market development efforts by researching green building policies around the world, collecting data and communicating market trends. The Policy and Market Research Internship experience will impart valuable research skills and knowledge of policy making at all levels of government.
Ideal Candidate: Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program of study Major or specialization in Environmental Studies, Politics, Government, Law, Architecture or Engineering highly preferred Knowledge of LEED Green Building Rating System highly preferred Experience in Microsoft Office required, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel Excellent communication and writing skills required Experience in Adobe Suite preferred, including InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator Web management and HTML experience highly preferred Database management experience highly preferred Willingness and ability to learn new skills and software
Public Diplomacy Intern at a DC Embassy
This Embassy seeks interns who will have the opportunity to contribute substantially to our public diplomacy or press teams, and to serve as support for both short and long term projects.
Ideal Candidate: Successful candidates will be detail oriented, motivated, and eager to take on multiple projects. Our interns often end up reporting to multiple supervisors, so being able to switch between tasks and balance responsibilities is important. Ideal candidates will have social media savvy on a variety of platforms (predominately Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest) and will have experience exercising sound judgment about the content posted on such platforms. Interns also should have good writing and online research skills, a basic knowledge of important US civil society groups, and a proven commitment to the country this Embassy represents
Research Intern for Public Advocacy Group
The research intern will provide invaluable support to the research team by providing substantive background investigation into varied topics such as healthcare and pharmaceuticals, food safety issues, environmental policies, trade policy positions of Congressional candidates, financial regulation, foreign direct investment, and jobs and wages, among others. Beyond analyzing the U.S. impacts of trade and investment policies, we are currently working on projects covering Brazil, China, Europe, Southeast Asia, and several Latin American countries. The research intern will also attend Congressional hearings, think tank briefings, and other events and report back to GTW. All interns are expected to do some administrative support work, but the majority of the research intern’s duties will involve working directly with the research team.
Ideal Candidate: Qualified applicants will have had experience conducting in-depth research, including broad-based internet searches, database research, and experience providing article and topic summaries. Excellent writing skills and proficiency in Word and Excel needed. Previous experience and understanding of trade policy issues is preferred but not required. We are seeking candidates who are well organized, creative, willing to learn, detail-oriented and not afraid to ask questions or present ideas. The research intern should be able to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment. Since the research intern may be starting the initial research for future projects, they will need to be comfortable discussing new ideas with the research team.
Advocacy and Government Affairs Internship
Under the direct supervision of the Advocacy Department’s Legislative Assistant, interns would have the opportunity to combine their academic interests with real-world experience in any of the following areas: legislation, advocacy grassroots, community outreach, stakeholder engagement, communications, social media, and special events, among others. The Advocacy Department interns would be required to work on multiple projects including but not limited to: Coordinating virtual advocacy meetings Monitoring legislative issues and congressional hearings Conducting research Helping with message development Drafting memos, articles, OpEds, talking points, speeches, and other types of statements Supporting issue-driven advocacy/grassroots mobilization campaigns interns work closely with staff to address any issues impacting its membership and therefore greatly benefit from access to government officials, decision makers, and hands on experience. During their time interns will also have unique opportunities to talk with Foreign Service employees, learn about the Foreign Service, and gain insights into the workings of the State Department and other foreign affairs agencies. Arrangements will be made for at least one visit to a State Department press briefing, and we strive to identify opportunities for high-level interaction for our interns.
Ideal Candidate: The minimum-age requirement for the position is 18, though preference will generally be given to college juniors, seniors, or graduate students. International students are welcome to apply if they have native-level fluency in English. Interns need to be hard-working, dependable and detail-oriented, and must have good editing and writing skills. Excellent computer skills are a must. Applicants should ideally have an interest in advocacy, legislative issues, and international affairs. Strong research and analytical skills are preferable for this internship. Must be prepared to submit a writing sample with your resume and cover letter. There is an April 5th deadline for applications.
Executive Office Intern
The executive office intern reports to this organizations executive assistant, but will work directly at times with the organizations president and executive director. The intern will assist the executive assistant in support projects and research projects for the Governing Board. A wide variety of projects should be expected, including long-term projects, and projects on short notice.
Ideal Candidate: The minimum-age requirement for the position is 18, but most interns are college juniors or seniors. Current graduate students and applicants who have graduated from college within the past year are also eligible to apply. Interns need to be hard-working, dependable and detail-oriented, and must have good editing and writing skills. Computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office are a must. Applicants should ideally have an interest in international affairs. Strong research skills are preferable for this internship.
Conflict Task Force Intern
This internship is an opportunity to gain experience while supporting this organization's Conflict Task Force working group. The intern will be responsible for the following tasks: Research and write blogs on topics related to market economy and post-conflict governance Compile and coordinate news and other content for an international network on post-conflict resolutions and reconstruction Attend events of interest in the Washington DC area Perform short-term research projects to provide background information on various issues and support for program research Updating and maintaining resource materials for the team listserv and internal database
Ideal Candidate: Previous interest and experience in at least one of the following: conflict studies, post-conflict reconstruction, international relations, human rights, and/or related areas of work Demonstrated interest in international issues related to democratic transitions and the role of civil society in promoting democratic reform Strong verbal and written communication skills in English; proficiency in a second language a plus Ability to conduct in-depth research Knowledge of social media platforms Ability to take initiative and work independently
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