2020 Summer Intern-Government Relations (2)

Washington, DC
Policy, Campaigns & Advocacy – Legislative Affairs
Internship
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the nation’s leading women’s health care provider, educator, and advocate, serving women, men, teens and families. For over 100 years, PPFA has done more than any other organization in the United States to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible health care decisions.

The application window closes on January 26, 2020.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) seeks a 2020 Government Relations summer intern support our policy, legislative and global advocacy priorities. The intern will become familiar with the legislative and regulatory process at the federal level as it relates to women’s health, global health, and health finance issues. Additionally, interns will learn how to communicate the importance of federal policy to different audiences, including Planned Parenthood affiliates, coalition partners, policy makers, and grassroots advocates.
 
In return you will learn how the composition of Congress and the political climate impact the legislative landscape and steer policymaking, along with learning how to discuss important issues with Members of Congress and their staff, and how the federal regulatory and rulemaking process as it applies to the implementation of federal health programs. Through working with GR team members, interns will gain a comprehensive understanding of how policy is created, shaped, influenced, and implemented. In addition, through assisting the department with day-to-day tasks, interns will sharpen their technical skills, build their organizational skills, enhance interpersonal communication skills, gain experience in investigative research, exercise critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and learn how to work at goal oriented and deadline driven tasks.

Interns will have the opportunity to learn about:
The impact of federal policies on domestic and global sexual and reproductive health programs.
The federal regulatory and rulemaking process as it applies to the implementation of federal health programs.
How the composition of Congress and the political climate impact the legislative landscape and steer policymaking.
How to discuss important issues with Members of Congress and their staff.
How to communicate the importance of federal policy to various audiences, including Planned Parenthood affiliates, coalition partners, policy makers, and grassroots advocates.
How PPFA works collaboratively with different coalition partners to advance and defend a pro-women’s health agenda.
How to work in a fast-paced environment and multi-task projects with varying priorities; and How to work with people of different backgrounds.

 
The program runs from June 1st 2020 to August 14th 2020.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Assisting in regulatory tracking and supporting administrative advocacy efforts.
    • Performing background research on key policy and legislative issues, including on global reproductive health, and background research on policymakers.
    • Tracking Congressional activity on issues related to domestic and global women’s health and Planned Parenthood, including bill and amendment sponsorship, floor statements, committee activity, media statement`s, etc.
    • Attending Hill briefings and coalition meetings related to domestic and global policy issues.
    • Writing summaries of key reports and events for communications to Planned Parenthood affiliates.
    • Assisting in management of department databases to organize Congressional activity on our issues.
    • Facilitating Government Relations events and meetings and assisting with special projects for the VP’s office.
    • Providing additional support to the Government Relations team as needed.
    • Other projects assigned.

REQUIREMENTS / TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

    • Candidate should be a current undergraduate student or should have completed studies within the last six months.
    • Experience working on issues related to reproductive health, public policy, or international relations or experience working on the hill or with non-profit organizations preferred.
    • An interest in the legislative process and federal policy.
    • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office programs, internet research, email, etc.).
    • Strong analytical skills.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • A strong commitment and understanding of the mission of Planned Parenthood and a passion for sexual and reproductive health and rights.

PERSONAL QUALITIES /OTHER ATTRIBUTES

    • Embody PPFA's organization tagline – “Care.  No matter what.” as it applies to how we treat our patients, our affiliates, and our co-workers.
    • Must be extremely well organized and detail­ oriented.
    • Ability to multi­task, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
    • Knowledge of diverse groups, working within a multicultural workforce, and a sensitivity to cultural differences is required.

TRAVEL

    • 0-25%
To be considered for this internship you must attach a current resume, writing sample and a cover letter stating your interest.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment, and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  Planned Parenthood is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.
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