Government Relations Internship

Government Relations Internship - Washington, DC

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

The Wilderness Society’s Government Relations team is responsible for public advocacy of The Wilderness Society’s agenda.  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.  

Currently, the group is focused on two campaigns: Energy and Wildlands Designation.  The Energy Campaign helps drive the conversation about responsible development of oil, gas, and renewable energy on public lands, while advocating for clean energy alternatives.  The Wildlands Designation Campaign focuses on public lands protection issues including policies in Congress and the Administration affecting conservation on public lands, and conservation funding. 

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.
  • 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:  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.