Climate Change Intern, Oxfam America

THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR A FEBRUARY GRADUATE

Spring 2010 Climate Change Internship
Reports to:  Director, Government Affairs, Washington, DC

Description:
Oxfam America, an international development and humanitarian aid organization, is seeking a Government Affairs Legislative Intern to work closely with its Policy and Advocacy Team based in Washington, DC.  The internship is 20-40 hours per week, from February 2010 through July 2010. This internship provides a unique opportunity to support Oxfam America’s Washington DC policy office and gain experience in advocacy, research, lobbying and issue-based campaigning.

The intern will assist in developing and implementing government affairs priorities and will spend about half time on a variety of government affairs priorities and half on our Climate Change Campaign (see www.oxfamamerica.org/climate for campaign details). Work will consist of administrative assistance for the legislative and policy team, as well as research and writing on issues related to government affairs and climate change.

Applicants should have an interest in government and legislative issues, climate change, and progressive and humanitarian concerns. Background in US politics or Hill experience a plus. Candidates must have strong writing and communication skills, exacting attention to detail, ability to juggle multiple tasks at once, motivated to work independently, strong organizational skills, professionalism and ability to meet deadlines, interest in furthering knowledge about Oxfam, global climate issues, and social justice, and a high level of personal energy and commitment.

Responsibilities:

  • Research congressional targets and assist in developing lobbying tools and strategies;
  • Attend coalition meetings, events, discussions, and congressional hearings, as needed
  • Track and analyze federal legislation related to Oxfam initiatives
  • Research additional topics as needed
  • Assist with data collection and reporting using Congress Plus
  • Participate in Government Affairs team meetings
  • Participate in Oxfam staff meetings
  • Participate, as appropriate, in coalition meetings and events

Expectations for the Position:

  • The incumbent will stay abreast of professional standards, trends and issues affecting this set of responsibilities, demonstrating continuous learning of the field.
  • S/he will work effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based culture of work, will perform all duties appropriately for a multi-cultural environment, treating all persons with dignity and respect, and will be familiar with and committed to Oxfam America mission and goals.

This Internship will be paid a stipend.

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume to internsandvolunteers[at]oxfamamerica.org.

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