Government Relations Internship

Government Relations Internship - Washington, DC

This internship is unpaid, but is available for school credit.

The Government Relations team at The Wilderness Society (TWS) is seeking highly motivated individuals to join us for our spring internship session.  Our team is dedicated and passionate about protecting wild places across the US.  We are responsible for the public advocacy of TWS’s agenda.  Our priority campaigns include work on wilderness designation, conservation funding, and responsible energy development on public lands.  The GR team manages legislative and regulatory strategy, issue positioning, Executive Branch and Congressional outreach and education, appropriations matters, strategic communications, and builds grassroots support for the protection and management of public lands.  This spring promises to be an exciting and busy time for TWS as the 114th Congress is sworn in and new legislation is introduced. 

The Government Relations team offers unpaid internships to students enrolled in an accredited education institution, who wish to gain firsthand experience working closely with dedicated staff on public lands issues.  These opportunities will allow the student to gain credit for his or her work as required, or at a minimum, continue his or her education while managing the following responsibilities:

Internship Responsibilities

  • Review reports and pending legislation, attend Congressional hearings and mark-ups and participate in other meetings and events relevant to TWS mission and work
  • Conduct research  and prepare blogs, letters, fact sheets, and other written materials on legislation and administrative policies, and deliver materials to Congressional and administration staff
  • Track legislation from introduction to passage, including summarizing content and maintain target database and policy information and occasionally attending lobby meetings
  • Engage in coalition activities with partners, including attending coalition meetings, helping with lobby days and trainings, calling activists and like-minded organizations
  • Perform general administrative duties in support of assigned project work. 

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in an educational institution with courses leading to the attainment of a degree, certification, or diploma.
  • Demonstrated desire to learn about and work on public land issues.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs; Access database and GIS experience 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!

Additional Details

  • Internships are unpaid but are available for college credit.
  • TWS will not provide any funding, benefits, or other fiscal compensation.
  • Full and part-time opportunities are available. Part-time requires a minimum of 30 hours per week.
  • Internships are available on the following annual basis:
    • Spring (Jan - May)
    • Summer (Jun - Aug)
    • Fall (Sep - Dec)

Application Process

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and recent writing sample to: internships@tws.org.  Please use subject line: 'Government Relations Internship' and indicate what semester (spring, summer or fall) you are applying for in the email body or cover letter.