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State and Local Advocacy Intern – Washington DC

Organization: U.S. Green Building Council

Position Title: State and Local Advocacy Intern

Location: Washington DC

Hours & Compensation: Full-time. Negotiable.

Application Deadline: none

Organization Overview:

The U.S. Green Building Council, is a Washington, DC-based national nonprofit organization of over 15,000 corporate and organizational members from every sector of the building industry united to transform the building marketplace to sustainability.


USGBC has an opportunity for a currently-enrolled or recently graduated student to undertake a practical learning experience through an unpaid internship with its Advocacy team focused on state and local advocacy.

The State and Local Advocacy Intern will support USGBC’s Advocacy team and focus on producing materials for USGBC Chapter advocates that fit into the campaign approach to advocacy. Additionally, this internship will involve developing specific materials and resources that support overall state and local advocacy, including state/city Market Briefs, State Policy Win Reports, campaign data reports, and other forms of collateral that will help drive state/local advocacy.

The learning objectives of this internship include:

  • Understanding green building issues in the state and local advocacy arena.
  • Clearly expressing concepts of sustainability and green building advocacy.
  • More fully understanding the benefits of green building and operations practices.
  • Developing experience in non-profit workplace and sector.


  • Tracking public policies and coordinating with green building policy support, to develop a “State Win Report” and recognizing the efforts of local/state advocates
  • Updating and creating Market Briefs for states and cities
  • Compiling campaign metrics for reports
  • Calling city and state officials to find information or answer any questions
  • Supporting Advocacy Team in building an aggressive and winning advocacy operation


  • Current enrollment in or recent graduation from graduate or undergraduate program of study
  • Major or specialization in Environmental Studies, Politics, Government, Law, Architecture or Engineering highly preferred
  • Knowledge of the LEED building rating system preferred
  • Previous work experience in team/office setting preferred
  • Interest in advocacy or political campaigns
  • An ability to multitask and operate in a dynamic work environment
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Experience in Microsoft Office products including Word, Power Point, and Excel
  • Design (Photoshop/In Design/Illustrator) preferred
  • HTML experience preferred
  • Commitment to USGBC mission

How to Apply: 

  • Email or fax your resume and a letter of interest to our human resources department.
  • Note the title of the position you are applying for and your salary requirements.
  • Submit files as PDFs or Word documents.

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