Fall 2017 – Government Relations Intern
The Wildlife Society
Do you want to preserve our National Parks, wilderness areas, and refuges for future generations? Are you interested in participating in the process of designating and protecting public lands? If so, the Government Relations team at The Wilderness Society (TWS) might be a great place for you!
We are seeking highly motivated students and post-graduates to join us for our year-round internship sessions. Our priority campaigns include the congressional designation of new parks and public lands,, federal funding for conservation programs, responsible renewable energy development on public lands and outdoor recreation policy. We work with Congress, other national conservation organizations, the Department of the Interior, the U.S. Forest Service and the White House to educate them on the importance of protecting and enhancing the great outdoors.
These are active, often fast-paced and exciting opportunities. You will be working on legislative issues, visiting government offices and keeping up with the legislative events on Capitol Hill--not going on coffee runs! We allow students to gain course credit for their work as required, and for those out of school, to gain valuable work experience and build their resumes while managing the following responsibilities:
- Process Congressional reports and pending legislation, attend Congressional hearings and mark-ups and conservation partner events relevant to TWS mission and work
- Conduct research and prepare blogs, letters, fact sheets on public lands issues
- Conduct “Hill Drops” of materials to Congressional and administration offices
- Track legislation, from introduction to passage
- Attend advocacy meetings with congressional offices
- Engage in coalition partnerships, attend coalition meetings, help with advocacy days and trainings, make calls to activists and like-minded organizations
- Perform general administrative duties in support of assigned project work
- Attend congressional receptions and other off site staff events including park service projects and local hikes/paddles.
- Demonstrated desire to learn about and work on public land issues
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs; GIS experience is a plus!
- Must be a team player and willing to work in a collaborative environment
- Willingness to adapt and remain flexible as projects and priorities change
- Self-motivated, passionate, and professional
- Most of all – willingness to have fun while producing great work!