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Federal Policy Intern

Posted: May 4, 2017

Location: US

Full/Part Time: Internship

Background:
The Hispanic Federation (HF) is the nation’s premier Latino nonprofit membership organization. Founded in 1990, HF seeks to support Hispanic families and strengthen Latino institutions through work in the areas of immigration, the environment, education, civic engagement, economic empowerment, and health, With offices in New York, Washington D.C., Connecticut and Florida, and a nonprofit footprint throughout the East Coast, HF uplifts millions of Hispanic children, youth and families locally and nationally through three essential service pillars: membership services/grant making, advocacy, and community programs. This internship opportunity is located in the Hispanic Federation, Washington, DC office. Hispanic Federation’s DC office is responsible for the federal policy advocacy that impacts our 100+ member organizations. Working alongside members of Congress and through national coalitions, Hispanic Federation’s role is to fight for progressive policies and equity for our members and the broader Hispanic community. The federal policy priority areas for the HF DC office include immigration, environment (climate change and public lands), health, and education.

Summary:
Hispanic Federation’s DC office is looking for an intern to join our federal policy team and learn more about the role of federal advocacy, policy, and politics. This internship is ideal for someone with a strong academic record, excellent writing, research, and organizational skills, and someone eager to learn firsthand about policy and politics in our nation’s capital. As part of a small team, the federal policy intern will have the opportunity to represent the organization at congressional briefings and events, and gain substantial experience in policy research, analysis, advocacy, and politics.

Responsibilities Include:
• Conduct and synthesize research on federal policy proposals and political and legislative proceedings into easily accessible information to be used in fact sheets, internal and external policy briefings, etc.
• Assist in development of national and state level fact sheets on Hispanic Federation policy priorities and in response to shifting federal policy landscape
• Write, edit, and review sections of reports, congressional letters, and other written materials produced by the DC office
• Maintain various Hispanic Federation databases to track advocacy activity
• Provide administrative support for DC office on various tasks and assignments including advocacy events and meetings
• Attend policy briefings and events on behalf of the Hispanic Federation DC office
• Create and share social media content regarding the DC office’s policy advocacy efforts
• Conduct outreach to congressional offices to coordinate meeting logistics

Candidate Requirements:
Current undergraduate student enrolled in political science, environmental sciences, sociology, or related field
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills required
• Ability to quickly get up to speed on policy related issues
• Strong commitment to the mission of Hispanic Federation is required
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office
• Strong social media skills
• Fluency in Spanish, including the ability to read, speak, and write a plus
• Professional demeanor

Paid/Unpaid
Stipend provided based on experience

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and 3-5 page writing sample to Lucia Mendez at lmendez@hispanicfederation.org. Must include the words “Federal Policy Internship” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application deadlines for each semester are: Dec. 1 (Spring 2018); April 15 (Summer 2018); and June 15 (Fall 2018)