AAUW is Looking for a Public Policy and Government Relations Intern

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

Since AAUW’s founding our members and supporters have spoken out about policies important to women and girls. Without their voices, invaluable legislation would have never been passed. In recent years, such legislation included the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

AAUW’s policy work connects and rallies advocates at the local, state, national, and global levels to advance our work to empower women and girls. With the member-endorsed Public Policy Program as our guide, AAUW uses lobbying and grassroots efforts to push forward policies that break through educational and economic barriers for women.

Summary Description

AAUW’s Public Policy and Government Relations Department seeks two to three interns to work with both its legislative and grassroots teams each semester and during the summer. Interns will learn about the legislative process and provide grassroots assistance to members. Past interns have had the opportunity to monitor legislation, participate in lobby visits, attend Congressional hearings and press conferences, and respond to requests from policy-makers and members.

Essential Duties

  • Attending various coalition meetings, briefings, meetings, and conferences as a representative of AAUW;
  • Drafting and updating fact sheets, correspondence to Capitol Hill, position papers, legislative updates and alerts, briefing materials, and articles for policy publications;
  • Writing blogs and assisting with AAUW’s social media presence as they relate to public policy;
  • Assembling and updating meeting packets and mailings;
  • Assisting with the AAUW Action Fund Capitol Hill Lobby Corps;
  • Assisting with AAUW’s Voter Education Campaign — a non-partisan, issue-oriented capacity-building and Get-Out-The-Vote campaign;
  • Answering requests from AAUW members regarding public policy issues, and tracking AAUWmember activity on those issues;
  • Other related activities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Interest in learning about the federal public policy-making process;
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, and Outlook);
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, professional demeanor, self-directed and independent, with a good sense of humor and a strong commitment to women’s equity;
  • Good research skills;
  • Juniors, seniors, and graduate students preferred.
  • A minimum of 30 hours per week is strongly desired, and preference will be given to interns available for the full 37.5 hours per week. Interns are paid on an hourly basis.

To Apply

Submit a résumé with cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications, along with a relevant writing sample, by e-mail indicating position title to AAUW Human Resources at aauwinternships@aauw.org.

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