Government Affairs Intern

Job Title: Government Affairs Intern
Location: This position is based in The Trevor Project’s Washington, DC office. Fall internships are available
Classification: Full-time or part-time internship for undergraduate or graduate students

Position Summary:
The Trevor Project endeavors to end suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth – a mission that the organization strives to fulfill by providing 24/7 crisis counseling to LGBTQ young people, offering resources and information to this population, and generally existing as a readily available support system. Our Government Affairs department seeks to impact the organization’s mission through advocacy for laws and policies that will reduce suicide among LGBTQ youth and promote their emotional well-being and safety. Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Government Affairs, this intern will assist the Government Affairs staff in both state and federal work, including legislative work, policy strategy, research, and organizational outreach. Candidates will be interviewed and selected on a rolling basis.

Responsibilities:
• Assist with lobbying efforts for LGBTQ-relevant bills and suicide prevention funding efforts
• Develop and forge relationships with key organizations, offices, and members of the non-profit sector
• Monitor agency action and state-level legislation via tracking tools
• Create and maintain resources for state partners and local activists
• Generate thank-you and ask letters to members of Congress
• Produce and analyze data and current research that is relevant to the field
• Support and research federal and state policy projects
• Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:
• Excellent written and oral communications skills
• Strong research skills
• General knowledge of the legislative process
• Experience with the Internet and Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
• Background or strong interest in LGBTQ issues, civil rights, youth issues, health issues, and/or suicide prevention
• Demonstrated experience with or commitment to work in diverse communities
• Graduate students are preferred – if undergraduate, Political Science or Public Policy related majors are preferred

Schedule:
• Full-time and part-time internships are available
• A commitment of 10 weeks is required
• Internships may take place during the Fall, Spring, or Summer
• We will interview and select interns on a rolling basis

Location:
Our office is located near Dupont Circle and is convenient to the Red, Blue, Orange, and Silver line Metro trains.

To Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to Amy Loudermilk, Associate Director of Government Affairs at: Amy.Loudermilk@TheTrevorProject.org

The Trevor Project is an equal opportunity employer, with a strong commitment to a diverse, multicultural staff. Transgender people and people of color are especially encouraged to apply.