Government Relations & Advocacy Intern/Fellow – Fall & Spring 2020
For over a century, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has been at the forefront of social change, championing the needs of women, children, and families while taking a progressive stance on such issues as reproductive rights and justice, civic engagement, the federal courts, and civil rights. NCJW’s Government Relations and Advocacy Department is pleased to offer internships for academic credit to rising college juniors and seniors as well as graduate students. This is a great opportunity to learn first-hand about advocacy and the legislative process. Applicants should possess a commitment to progressive change, racial justice, and working in a diverse environment.
Opportunities & Responsibilities:
- Learn about public policy and the legislative process by assisting staff and attending legislative hearings, briefings, national coalition meetings, rallies, and press conferences.
- Assist with issue portfolios, such as reproductive rights, immigration, health care, economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty, and the federal courts.
- Draft and edit advocacy materials, including points, regulatory comments, letters, op-eds, policy updates, etc.
- Plan and execute Intern Advocacy Day, meeting with congressional staff to discuss NCJW priority issues.
- Gain an understanding of NCJW and what it’s like to work for a non-profit, volunteer-led organization.
Qualifications: Strong writing and communication skills, ability to learn quickly, and a commitment to social justice issues. No previous professional experience necessary, just a willingness to learn and get involved. Two years of higher education or commensurate experience strongly preferred.
Hours: Flexible, part-time (minimum 2 days per week) or full-time. Positions available by semester; must commit to the entire academic semester or term (September through December or January through May).
To apply: Please email a cover letter that includes your availability for the internship, as well as a resume, short writing sample (3-5 pages max), and 2-3 references. Please title each using the following format: Your Name_Document Type (for example, Shannon Russell_Resume).
Contact: Shannon Russell, Legislative Counsel, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications considered on a rolling basis.
NCJW is an equal opportunity employer. Women, LGBTQ individuals, people of color, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.