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Legislative Intern – Washington DC

Organization: National Wildlife Federation

Job Title: Legislative Intern

Location: Washington, D.C.

Hours and Compensation: Full time (40 hours/wk); This position offers $10/hour plus core benefits.

Position Dates: 11 months to begin early September 2012

Application Deadline:

Posted On: August 17, 2012

Organization Overview

Wildlife’s ability to survive the challenges of the 21st century is becoming outpaced by the events that are transforming our world. Global warming, the loss of habitat, and people becoming more disconnected from nature than past generations are converging on a dangerous path for our planet. The work of NWF and our affiliates across the country provides answers to these challenges and will help ensure America’s wildlife legacy continues for future generations.

Global warming is the single biggest threat to wildlife and wild places. The impacts of global warming, caused by increased carbon pollution, are already being felt: more droughts, food and water shortages, severe weather, and habitat loss. National Wildlife Federation is advancing bold yet practical solutions to global warming. The organization is working to expand clean energy and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels in order to improve our economy, our security and the planet’s future. In addition to working to change America’s energy policy, National Wildlife Federation educates businesses, institutions and individuals on achievable ways to reduce their carbon footprint.


The NWF National Advocacy Center seeks a Legislative Intern.  A motivated individual with strong organizational skills is sought to be hired for an 11-month, full-time, paid internship in Washington, DC.  For those looking to join the environmental policy field, The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Intern Program can be your first step.  NWF is the nation’s largest member-supported conservation organization, working to combat climate change, reconnect our children with nature, and protect America’s wildlife and habitat.

Online Job posting:


  • The Legislative Intern will report to NWF’s Legislative Director.  They will assist the Legislative Director and members of the NWF legislative team in advocating for better conservation policy and in working to build political power for the conservation movement.
  • The Legislative Intern will assist the Legislative Director by: managing the congressional database (Congress Plus); preparing and disseminating materials to Capitol Hill; researching policy issues; developing legislative target lists; setting up meetings with Members of Congress; working to coordinate  legislative efforts with field and grassroots team; and performing administrative duties as needed.
  • Other key responsibilities include: drafting and editing congressional correspondence; grassroots activity organizing; attending Committee hearing and legislative markups; and some lobbying.  Interns may be asked to assist with NWF events outside of their immediate department.


  • BA/BS in political science or a policy-related field is required. A background in both is preferred.


  • Ability to conduct extensive research is a must.
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills are required.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use computer software programs (e.g., Microsoft Office 2007) is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in or demonstrated commitment to environmental advocacy is a plus

The Legislative Intern must be available to work a 40-hour weekly schedule.  Applicant should be available to begin work in early September 2012.

How to Apply

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