Friday, August 30, 2013

Internship Opportunity- Governor's Office of Minority Affairs

The Governor's Office of Minority Affairs is seeking an intern for the Fall 2013 semester.

Duties and responsibilities for the intern:

The Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA) connects small, minority- and women-owned businesses to State contracting and procurement opportunities through the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Small Business Reserve (SBR) programs while working with State agencies to implement and monitor these programs in accordance with applicable policies, laws and regulations.  As a cabinet level agency, GOMA also serves as an advisor to the Administration on key issues affecting the small and disadvantaged business communities.  This includes taking a lead role in working with stakeholders to develop and implement policies and procedures aimed at increasing participation in State contracting by small, minority- and women-owned businesses.

The intern will work directly for the Assistant Secretary and the Director and Manager of MBE Compliance.    This assignment will provide an excellent opportunity to obtain “hands on” experience in advocacy, compliance and procurement matters.   In particular, the intern will:

·         Attend Board of Public Works (BPW) meetings and assist in the review of the contracts presented to BPW for approval.

·         Attend meetings with State agency and VLT Facility representatives as needed.

·         Assist with intake of advocacy cases regarding MBE and SBR programs.

·         Assist with the production of GOMA's Training Modules (electronic, hardcopy, web enabled, and videos).

·         Assist with the collection, verification, validation, and consolidation of MBE data from 72 Maryland state agencies and Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) Facilities.

·         Assist with the collection, verification, validation, and consolidation of SBR data from the 23 SBR-designated State agencies.

·         Assist in the development of directives regarding the MBE and SBR programs.

·         Review and analyze supporting documentation submitted by State agencies and VLT facilities and provide support to transfer/upload data to a database.

The ideal candidate should possess excellent oral and written communication skills. The intern should be able to synthesize information and data from different sources and analyze the information. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel (including ability to develop macros and create complex spreadsheets) is required. Experience working with databases (e.g. SQL, Microsoft Access) and web design skills (e.g. HTML5) is preferred but not required.

The intern will be located in Baltimore. Local travel will be required. There will be opportunities to travel to meetings in Annapolis and other State agencies. Personal transportation is not required.
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Carmina Perez-Fowler at

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Congressional Internship Opportunity- Rep. John Culberson (TX, 7th District)

The office of Congressman John Culberson is seeking an intern for the Fall 2013 semester. Interns must have completed at least one year of undergraduate study, and must possess strong oral and written communication skills. Interns will also be eligible to earn course credit.
While interning in Washington, students will have a variety of responsibilities including researching legislation, responding to inquiries from constituents, assisting with special projects, and performing administrative duties such as answering phones and opening mail. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend Congressional hearings and markups, participate in courses offered by the Library of Congress, attend lectures by leading political figures, and take special tours of Washington’s historic landmarks.
Internships are unpaid, and students are responsible for travel to and from Washington, housing, and arrangements to receive academic credits. Rep. Culberson’s office will work with the school and the student to tailor the intern program to meet the student’s academic requirements. Interns are expected to work full-time; however, if you are taking classes, we will accommodate your schedule.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to:
Michelle West
Read more about Congressman John Culberson and the 7th District of Texas, visit  

Environmental Working Group government affairs internship

EWG seeks a Government Affairs intern to help shape policy that will protect public health and the environment on a broad range of issues.
Issues include:
·         Toxics. Reforming chemical policy to ensure that chemicals are safe for children before they enter the market by strengthening the Toxic Substances Control Act, removing jet fuel from drinking water and hazardous chemicals from consumer products, and promoting safer alternatives. 
·         Farm Bill.  Passing a fair and equitable Farm Bill that achieves greater equity in the distribution of taxpayer benefits, significantly increases conservation funding to address unintended environmental impacts of agricultural production, and meaningfully addresses concerns about renewable energy, organic agriculture, crop insurance and disaster payments, and nutrition.  
·         Natural Resources.  Protecting Western public lands, including National Parks, Monuments and other areas that are currently threatened by significant increases in metal mining and natural gas drilling activity. 
·         Energy Policy and Global Warming.  Promoting renewable energy polices that ensure that we address our energy and global warming issues wisely.  Areas that EWG has been active in include biofuels and nuclear power.
·         Research policy, legislative and regulatory issues. 
·         Draft materials for dissemination to Congress and coalition partners.
·         Attend Capitol Hill hearings and events.
·         Disseminate EWG materials.
·         Support for legislative and Capitol Hill database.
·         Demonstrated interest in environmental, public health and governmental affairs issues preferred. 
·         Excellent research and writing skills.
·         Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
·         Detail oriented.
·         Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, and internet research.
Summer Term (mid/late May through August): Deadline March 31st - Unpaid
Fall Term (September through late December): Deadline August 15th - Unpaid
Spring Term (mid January through mid May): Deadline November 19th - Unpaid
 How to Apply: 
Applicants must send resume and cover letter including the title of the specific internship to which they are applying and their approximate start date to Scott Mallan at Position is available in our DC office only.
No phone calls please. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or already authorized to work in the U.S.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Facebook Public Policy Externship – Washington, DC, Spring 2014 internship

Facebook is seeking highly organized, motivated, and detail‐oriented undergraduate and graduate students to join our Public Policy team in Washington, DC as full-time contracted externs. The Facebook DC office helps to inform users, the media, partners, employees and other stakeholders about Facebook's products and business. Working with policymakers at the international, federal, and state levels, the team handles legislative and regulatory matters, participates in domestic and international policy discussions and leads the company’s interactions with consumer and other non‐governmental organizations. Alongside Facebook team members responsible for public policy and strategic communications, externs will work on a variety of projects and policy issues with relevance in the US and around the world, ranging from legislative monitoring and policy analysis to content development. This is a full-time, contract position. Spring 2014 externships begin early January and conclude late May / early June.
- Support Facebook's public policy and communications activities.
- Monitor and analyze legislation, regulation, and policies related to the company.
- Draft policy related materials including briefings and talking points.
- Research policy areas of interest to the company.
- Support outreach to Government, Congress, non‐profit organizations, and other entities.
- Research and develop policies and communication related to online safety, security, and privacy.
- Partner with senior team members on a wide range of projects.
- Assist in organizing events including trainings and educational outreach.
- Prioritize multiple tasks and manage time efficiently.
- Learn quickly in a fast‐paced, ever‐changing environment.
-Pursuing a BA or graduate degree in business, law, political science, public policy, international relations,
communications, journalism, or equivalent.
- Previous internship or professional experience in policy, research, or communications preferred.
- Demonstrated interest in politics, public policy, and technology.
- Exemplary verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Ability to think, plan, and execute resourcefully.
- Experience in the Internet technology industry a plus.
- Passion for Facebook and online communication a must!
To apply, please send your resume/CV to by Friday, September 13, 2013.

Internship- Executive Office of the President, Office of the US Trade Representative

Student Intern Program, Executive Office of the President
Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Washington, DC
The student intern program at USTR is a year-round, volunteer program in which undergraduate and graduate students gain knowledge and experience on U.S. trade policy and, in many cases, earn college credit at the same time. Assignments may include research, analysis, statistics, coordination of briefing books, report preparation, meeting and conference planning, letter writing, and covering meetings, hearings, and/or legislative markups.
All applicants must be US Citizens, at least eighteen years of age at the time of application, and enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university (2-4 year institution), or have graduated in the past two years from undergraduate or graduate school.
Students are required to submit a resume and cover letter.  The cover letter must state the dates of availability and the approximate number of hours per week they are able to work.  We also require students to identify their particular geographic or functional areas of interest within our agency (e.g., Africa, China, Western Hemisphere, Environment, Labor, Intellectual Property, etc.) as well as any language expertise.  To assist with identifying areas of interest, students can find a brief overview of the functional responsibilities for each of our offices at the following link Each resume must include a current address, e-mail address, and telephone number.  All internships are unpaid.
Selected applicants will be required to submit to a background check.  USTR is a Drug Free Workplace.  Recent or current drug use is not acceptable.  USTR reserves the right to disapprove tentative selectees based on information obtained in the background check.
Application materials must be submitted via email to and addressed to:
Ms. Taiwo Erskine
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Human Resources - Intern Coordinator

1724 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20508
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.  However, generally, applications should be submitted by the following deadlines:
  • Fall internships:  August 15
  • Spring internships:  December 15
For additional information, please review the full overview of our program on USTR’s website or contact Taiwo Erskine at (202) 395-7360.

Internship Opportunity- Sen. Victor Ramirez (D), Maryland District 47

State Senator Victor Ramirez seeks volunteers to intern in his Annapolis office.  Responsibilities include legislative research, administrative tasks, and assisting constituents.  Applicants should be friendly, well organized, and interested in politics.  Candidates who are proficient in Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply.  District 47 ties preferred. Please send cover letter and resume to Gregory Jennings at  
For more information on Senator Ramirez and Maryland’s 47th District, please visit his website at

First Look Fair- September 18th and 19th

The First Look Fair will be Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19, 2013 on McKeldin Mall. Don't miss out!

Fall Internships Available at the RNC

The Republican National Committee is seeking interns to work at the national headquarters in Washington, DC this fall. The program starts August 26th with full time and part time positions available in a variety of departments. Fall internships are unpaid but we do offer school credit. Qualified applicants should submit a resume, two letters of recommendation and a completed RNC Internship application to The application, and additional information can be found on our website at Applications for the fall are accepted on a rolling basis and there is no official deadline; however, in order to ensure a timely review of your application materials, we recommend you submit your application materials early. Please contact the intern coordinator at (202)863-8630 if you have any questions.

Gansler for Maryland Internship

Position: Maryland Governor’s Campaign Intern

Position Description: Gansler for Maryland is looking for individuals interested in learning about, engaging in, and making a difference in the civic process. This is a great way to get in on the ground floor for anyone interested in a career in government, politics, or law as well as those who want to improve their leadership and work experience skills.

Interns will participate in a curriculum consisting of policy issues, effective canvassing and voter outreach strategies, and campaign statistics. They will work closely with the statewide staff and participate in weekly briefings on the campaign as well as current events in Maryland politics.

Doug Gansler is the current Maryland Attorney General and a former President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). Prior to becoming Attorney General he was Montgomery County State’s Attorney – most well known for his prosecution of the beltway sniper.  Called a rising star of the National Democratic Party, Doug Gansler chaired President Obama’s campaign in Maryland in 2008 and was the first statewide elected official to support and champion marriage equality. Since taking office in 2006, Attorney General Gansler has distinguished himself by prosecuting polluters of the Chesapeake Bay, protecting consumers from various forms of fraud, and safeguarding the public from gangs, violent crime, and the underbelly of the Internet.

Responsibilities: As an intern, you will work in a variety of ways to assist the campaign. Interns will be responsible for reaching out to voters and engaging them in the political process, recruiting and running teams of volunteers, helping with major events throughout the state, and assisting with fundraising, press, and social media.

Location: 1300 Spring St. Suite 210, Silver Spring, MD 20910

• Enthusiastic
• Self-motivated and hard working
• Personable
• Have a sense of humor
• Team oriented
• Experience with Microsoft Excel (preferred)

To Apply: Submit a resume to John Dillon at, subject line, “your name, your school: Summer Internship”

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Job Search Strategy Series- Fall 2013

Networking Is Not a Four Letter Word - September 17th 4pm - 6pm

Find A Job: Employer Targeted Search Tips October 8th 4pm - 5pm

How To Use Social Media In Your Internship/Job Search October 15th 4pm - 5pm

Effective Interviewing To Get the Internship or Job October 24th 4pm - 5pm

You've Been Offered the Job...Now What? November 5th 4pm - 5pm

All events located in 3100 Hornbake Library.
For more information, visit
Twitter: @UMDCareerCenter

Friday, August 16, 2013

Revolution Messaging Fall Interns (Progressive Firm)

Join the Revolution!

YOU: Hard working, highly motivated, and fascinated by digital media. You don’t mind campaign hours, and are seeking the opportunity to work with leaders in the progressive community, using tools that help innovate on-the-ground organizing and messaging. You are a great writer, a creative thinker, and have a passion for lefty political issues and causes. You want to work for a place that has clients you can be excited about and are proud to work for. You are a self-starter and can work independently and as part of a team. Technical skills in web production, programming and data tool sets are great, but are not strictly required. You don’t feel weird wearing jeans to work.

THE GIG: This internship is unpaid in exchange for academic credit pending institutional eligibility. You will work directly with RM staff to assist clients in shaping, maintaining and evolving their political presence in a niche technology market. Interns will get direct, hands-on experience with digital media tools that are vital in the campaigns of today and tomorrow and will learn how to effectively organize online in a fast paced political environment. Hours are flexible, as interns can commit to 20-40 hours per week. Typical projects include: Developing social media & social networking plans; Maintaining and developing of mobile messaging platforms; Assisting in preparation of client case studies; and Measuring the effectiveness of our clients’ social media strategies. We tend to hire exceptional interns to join our team as paid staff.

The following positions are available:

    Digital Communications Intern: The social media intern will assist with marketing and communications activities as well as assist in innovative social networking.


Interns will likely have many of the same types of duties and will potentially be cross-trained in multiple areas and will have the chance to work on fun and exciting New Media projects.

If you think this sounds like a great learning experience, please send a cover letter explaining your qualifications and highlighting why you would be a great fit, along with a one-page resume to Jen at


Applications are due: September 1, 2013

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Policy Fall Internship

ICE Program Office:  ICE Office of Policy

Program Office POC Name/Contact Information:   

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and a résumé covering all pertinent education and experience to Nelka Fernando, Operations Research Specialist . She can be reached by email at, or by telephone at 202-732-3992.

Position Information (Series, Grade, location, # of opportunities):  

Student Volunteer - ZZ-303-00 (This is an unpaid position)
ICE HQ 500 12th Street, SW, Suite 4096
Washington, DC 20536  

3 opportunities  

The ICE Office of Policy works with offices across ICE to identify, develop, and communicate agency policies and priorities dealing with immigration and customs policy and operations.  As a Policy Intern, you will be responsible for performing a variety of duties related to the daily work of the Office of Policy.  These include, but are not limited to, assisting and supporting the Assistant Director and staff in the development of policy, strategic guidance and regulations; performing administrative operations and activities; and handling special projects, assignments and other duties as assigned.  The ICE Office of Policy is a small, dynamic group where all work collaboratively in a team setting to achieve agency priorities.

Desired or Preferred Major, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

Excellent writing and communication skills and a strong attention to detail are a must.  Additionally, applicants should have the ability to multi-task, possess strong interpersonal skills, and be able to use various software applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.  Desired education level includes college, graduate school or law school. No specific major required. 

Desired Hours of Availability: At least 20 hours weekly.

Desired Start Date: As soon as possible pending a background suitability check.  All positions will remain open until filled.  Flexibility exists as to the total length of the volunteer internship.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

For alumni: Job opening in office of Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro

Montgomery County (MD) Council President Nancy Navarro (D) is hiring a scheduler/legislative aide for her Council office. This is an entry level position with significant growth potential. An ideal candidate will possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, have a strong work ethic, and an interest in local government, policy and politics. 
Scheduler/Legislative Aide
a. Maintains Councilmember's schedule and provides administrative support for office.
b. Advises Councilmember and/or Confidential Aide on issues related to scheduling, constituent services, correspondence, legislation, and other areas as assigned.  
c. Attends meetings related to assigned areas of responsibility; provides written summary notes for major issues.
d. Analyzes legislative programs and issues related to assigned areas of responsibility.
e. Completes special projects, including research projects as assigned.
f. Serves as back-up to other staff members as needed.

a. Reviews all invitations, reminding Councilmember what is already scheduled for that time.
b. RSVPs to all invitations
c. Correctly input into Outlook all scheduled events and meetings for Councilmember, including directions, requests for remarks, and other necessary information.
d. Prepare daily briefing folder with schedule, directions, remarks, and other necessary information.

a. Creates memoranda and letters for signature by staff and Councilmember.  Types memos and correspondence using proper format and guidelines, with no errors in final documents.  Provides administrative and staff support as needed.
b. Ensures that office runs in an orderly manner, coordinating directly with Councilmember and Confidential Aide.  When staff is absent, provides detailed account of important occurrences upon their return.  Keeps Councilmember and other office staff informed of activities, progress or problems relating to workload and projects.
c. Stays informed of current Council schedules and actions.
d. Monitors and maintains filing system, both paper files and computer files, including correspondence control.  Ensures that appropriate staff receives electronic or paper copies of letters, bills and resolutions.
e. Schedules and arranges meetings as requested, procuring conference rooms and ensuring the Councilmember knows where to go and has any necessary material for the meeting.
f. Maintains office supplies and orders supplies as needed.
g. Collects mail, bringing to Councilmember and aide’s attention anything of a priority nature.
a. Always maintains a pleasant and professional demeanor, dealing effectively and tactfully by telephone or in person.
b. Takes accurate and complete messages.
c. Screens and routes calls for Councilmember and office staff.
d. Screens constituent calls, either resolves or routes to appropriate staff, compiling pertinent information first.
e. Determines and arranges for appropriate response to their concerns.
f. Maintains required confidentiality.
g. Maintains good general knowledge of government agencies and services.

a. Drafts complete, thorough and accurate replies to a variety of correspondence in a timely manner.
d. Drafts documents, such as Proclamations or Resolutions, as assigned.
a. Investigates constituent complaints and inquiries, works with other County departments and agencies to gather information and resolve issues, reports to constituent and advises Councilmember with written notes of case and its resolution.  
b. Makes initial contact with constituent within 24 hours.  Makes every effort to respond to complaint within five days of receiving complaint.
a. Advises Councilmember and/or Confidential Aide about meetings attended, other activities, constituent problems, and general information items in a timely manner and at least monthly.
b. Analyzes informational materials such as reports, newsletters, newspapers, highlighting and making notations on items of interest for Confidential Aide’s and Councilmember’s attention.

Maintains liaison with County, State, and private sector staff and organizations on assigned areas of responsibility.
a. Assumes primary responsibility for special projects as assigned by Councilmember or Confidential Aide with minimal supervision once parameters of project have been established.
b. Attends meetings/briefings as necessary and represents Councilmember when requested.
Interested alumni may email Chief of Staff Adam Fogel at