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Agriculture Legislative Internship — Cockeysville, MD

Organization: The Maryland Agricultural Resource Council

Job Title: Agriculture Legislative Internship

Location: Cockeysville, MD

Hours and Compensation: minimum of 10 hours/week, unpaid

Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012

Posted On: Dec. 10. 2012

Organization Overview

The Maryland Agricultural Resource Council (MARC) is organized for the benefit of the citizens of Maryland to enhance the rural economy and to foster conservation of agricultural and natural resources through educational and technical services.

Description

The Maryland Agricultural Resource Council (MARC) is seeking a highly motivated self-starter who enjoys politics, and has an interest in agriculture. The ideal candidate would be responsible for navigating the Maryland General Assembly website, tracking and reporting on the status of agricultural-related legislation as it makes its way through the General Assembly. This is an unpaid internship designed to give college students (Junior or better) or recent graduates practical, real-life experience working for a public non-profit; navigating the inner workings of the legislative process as exercised in Maryland, and helping farmers understand the content and consequences of bills under consideration. Interns are expected to commit a minimum of 10 hours a week. Due to the nature of the work (online research), interns may work from a remote location for the majority of the term, but will be required to meet at regularly appointed times with the executive director to report on progress at the MARC office located at the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park on Shawan Rd, one mile west of I-83. NOTE: Some travel to Annapolis may be necessary.

Responsibilities

  • Research on pending or proposed ag-related legislation
  • Tracking legislation in committee and on the floor
  • Drafting and researching reports, call to action alerts and articles
  • Occasional communication with legislative staffers

Qualifications

Successful candidates will

  • Have excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills;
  • Research experience;
  • Respect deadlines;
  • Be a self-starter and be proactive;
  • Be able to work in a goal-oriented environment;
  • Be a strategic and creative thinker;
  • Have extreme attention to detail;
  • Be socially mature and self-confident;
  • Be able to take direction and criticism well;
  • Be able to digest new information quickly and apply it productively.
Majors which would best fit the internship include: Political Science, Law, Natural Resource Management, Agronomy, Agriculture & Resource Economics, Environmental Policy, Public Affairs, Journalism and Business, but we are open to others who may be interested in non-profit work.

How to Apply

Upper-class college students and recent graduates interested in applying should send resume and cover letter via e-mail to:

Kelly Dudeck

Executive Director

Maryland Agricultural Resource Council

kelly@marylandagriculture.org

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