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Public Policy Intern — Washington, D.C.

Organization: American Forests

Job Title: Public Policy Intern

Location: Washington, D.C.

Hours and Compensation: minimum part time and unpaid

Application Deadline: Dec. 14, 2012

Position Dates: Jan – May 2013

Posted On: Nov. 19, 2012

Organization Overview

American Forests restores and protects urban and rural forests. Founded in 1875, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country has served as a catalyst for many of the most important milestones in the conservation movement, including the founding of the U.S. Forest Service, the national forest and national park systems and literally thousands of forest ecosystem restoration projects and public education efforts. Since 1990, American Forests has planted more than 40 million trees in forests throughout the U.S. and in 38 countries, resulting in cleaner air and drinking water, restored habitat for wildlife and fish, and the removal of millions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Learn more at


  • Monitor federal legislation, regulations and policy information on strategic conservation issues relating to American Forests’ policy platform and priorities.
  • Help prepare communication materials related to such issues in the form of updates and alerts, advocacy letters, blog posts, web site content and fact sheets.
  • Attend meetings with federal agency and congressional staff members and monitor legislative briefings, and hearings related to strategic conservation issues.
  • Prepare internal research briefings on strategic conservation issues to inform organizational policy positions.


Must be currently enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university. Must be receiving college credit for the internship. Demonstrated interest in policy and federal government affairs related to environmental, forest, or natural resource issues is preferred. Internship will begin in January 2013 and will complete in May.

  • Strong verbal/written communications
  • Strong computer skills
  • Skills and experience in interpreting natural resource data are preferred.
  • An ability to work in a team environment and to manage multiple tasks is required.

How to Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to Rebecca Turner ( by Friday, December 14, 2012.

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