Americans for the Arts

  • Spring 2019 Government and Public Affairs Intern

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 1 month ago(9/18/2018 12:40 PM)
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  • Overview

    The Americans for the Arts Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates the opportunity to investigate and participate in the operations of the nation’s leading nonprofit for advancing the arts in America. Through a combination of learning experiences, work projects, and group collaborations, interns become integral members of our team. Interns are expected to participate in daily activities, contribute skills and ideas, and produce excellent work, all the while preparing to become the next generation of arts, nonprofit, and cultural leaders.


    In addition to being a part of their departmental team within a professional office environment, interns will have the opportunity to meet everyone at Americans for the Arts and learn how each department works towards the organization’s mission. Additional program benefits include: professional development opportunities; informational interviews with contacts in the field; site visits to arts agencies and national arts organizations; peer-to-peer networking; and career counseling including resume/cover letter/interview evaluation and review.


    The Government & Public Affairs Intern will work closely with the Federal Affairs team to promote advocacy for the arts. Key policy areas include education, tax reform, and appropriations.


    • Assisting with the planning and preparation for Arts Advocacy Day. It is imperative that the intern be available to attend Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. on March 4-5, 2019.
    • Managing the attendee event app used during Arts Advocacy Day.
    • Assisting with events on Capitol Hill and outreach to congressional offices, both U.S. House and U.S. Senate.
    • Reviewing publications and drafting summaries related to national policy areas including education, tax, arts and culture, economic development, international cultural exchange, the arts and health, and the arts and the military.
    • Attending and reporting on Congressional committee hearings and other national policy forums around Washington, D.C. as needed.
    • Creating point of contact lists for legislative coalitions utilizing Congress Plus.
    • Updating VoterVoice database for “Call to Action” advocacy email blasts.

    Additional projects may include:

    • Contacting state and local arts leaders regarding federal advocacy activities.
    • Other projects and assignments given by the Vice President of Government Affairs & Arts Education, the Director of Federal Affairs, and the Government Affairs and Grassroots Coordinator.


    • Excellent organization skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize multiple tasks at a time.
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and the Microsoft Office Suite.
    • An interest in learning federal advocacy outreach applications, tools, and methods.
    • Ability to communicate with staff in a professional and courteous manner.

    Salary & Benefits

    • Paid/Hourly


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