Position Description: 

The Arthritis Foundation Department of Advocacy and Access in Washington, D.C. is seeking dynamic, enthusiastic candidates for our rigorous and rewarding internship.  This internship will provide a student with practical, hands-on-experience working for a national non-profit patient advocacy organization.  The Department focuses on public health policy, diversity, environmental and policy strategies, federal advocacy, policy analysis, issue tracking, and training and support for our grassroots advocates.  We accept interns on a rolling basis, so please send your resume to lkeivel@arthritis.org to be considered.

You will learn how to: 

  • Prepare for the annual Advocacy Summit, the Foundation’s premier advocacy event that brings in advocates from all around the country for training and meeting with their elected officials.  The intern will learn valuable event planning skills, help to research priority advocacy issues, assist with critical logistics, and he or she will accompany advocates to the Hill;
  • Conduct in depth public policy issue research, legislative tracking, monitoring, and reporting; utilize this information to contribute to the Foundation’s legislative strategies;
  • Use the latest policy tracking software and sharpen your skills on Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat;
  • Influence Capitol Hill staff by assisting with the development and planning of Capitol Hill awareness events and briefings;
  • Manage the department email inbox and utilize written communication skills to assist with any constituent inquiries;
  • Develop, revise, and/or assemble recruitment materials for the e-advocacy grassroots program in order to grow and strengthen the Foundation’s large and vital grassroots network;
  • Represent a national non-profit by attending coalition meetings, Congressional hearings, and other federal agency meetings focused on diversity, public health, and policies that impact people with arthritis; write clear and succinct summaries for internal (Foundation staff) and external audiences (newsletters and reports);
  • Engage others around issues of diversity by participating on the AF diversity workgroup and updating the AF’s diversity resources;
  • Function as an essential member of a dynamic, cross-functional team.
  • Be at least a college junior or senior majoring in Political Science, Policy, Public Health, or the Sciences;
  • Have experience using Microsoft Office including but not limited to Word, Excel, and Outlook;
  • Have excellent verbal, writing, and research skills; 
  • Have experience setting priorities in a fast paced environment,
  • Have excellent organizational skills
  • Be able to maintain composure while working under pressure;
  • Maintain a level of confidentiality and discretion when working with sensitive information;

Intern Expectations:

  • Be at least a college junior or senior majoring in Political Science, Policy, Public Health, or the Sciences;
  • Have experience using Microsoft Office including but not limited to Word, Excel, and Outlook;
  • Have excellent verbal, writing, and research skills; 
  • Have experience setting priorities in a fast paced environment;
  • Have excellent organizational skills;
  • Be able to maintain composure while working under pressure;
  • Maintain a level of confidentiality and discretion when working with sensitive information.

Organization Description: 

The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions with advocacy, programs, services and research.  The Arthritis Foundation’s Public Health Policy and Advocacy goals are to make arthritis a public health priority for the Nation and to advance policies that positively impact people living with arthritis. Visit www.arthritis.org/advocacy for more information.

Contact: 

To apply for an internship, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to:


Laura Keivel, Coordinator, Advocacy Operations
Arthritis Foundation
1615 L Street, NW
Suite 320
Washington, DC 20036

lkeivel@arthritis.org

 

 

 

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