Public Policy and Advocacy Intern



Public Policy and Advocacy Intern

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Seattle, WA



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Philanthropy Northwest is the philanthropy network for Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. We envision vibrant, healthy Northwest communities – each with its own unique history, culture and traditions – connected to the natural environment and facing the future with optimism. Founded in 1976, we partner with family funds, foundations and corporate giving programs through professional development, networking, research, publications, public policy work and consulting.

Our work includes three core programs: 1) The Learning Network, a regional community providing opportunities for emerging and established philanthropy leaders to connect, learn and grow; 2) The Giving Practice, a national consulting team bringing customized solutions, deep regional relationships and national expertise to support organizations navigating philanthropy’s changing landscape; 3) An incubation platform for innovative philanthropic projects, including: Democracy Northwest, Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project and Community Democracy Workshop.

  • We elevate the field of philanthropy by identifying opportunities, taking smart risks, challenging our assumptions, experimenting creatively, listening actively, engaging in deep conversations and learning through action and reflection.
  • Strong relationships power our work at every level; we build them with care and nurture them attentively.
  • We embrace and encourage diversity, equity and inclusion in our community and continuously seek to bring new perspectives into our organization and our networks.
  • We are a learning organization that invests in supporting the ongoing growth of our individuals, our team and our community.
  • We value high quality work that is grounded in deep mutual respect, healthy work/life balance, clear communication, humor and joy.
The public policy and advocacy intern is a paid internship responsible for supporting Philanthropy Northwest’s growing role in public policy, advocacy and government relations to advance the philanthropic field. The position will partner closely with the senior manager of public policy and advocacy to coordinate programs, provide administrative support, curate and write content for communications, conduct research on policy issues, and support democracy strengthening activities, specifically the Democracy Northwest initiative. This position is 32 hours per week (Monday through Thursday) and will last for 12-weeks from June through August, with the option of starting in May and/or extending into September.

  • Coordinate and support Philanthropy Northwest’s public policy programs and briefings
  • Research and track development in relevant federal and state policy issues, legislation and regulations
  • Assist in writing policy updates and issue briefs
  • Support planning, content development and production of materials and advocacy programs such as member briefings, convenings, and conference sessions
  • Curate and write content for various communication channels, to amplify public policy programs or issues
  • Provide administrative support for public policy and advocacy programming and activities on policy issues of relevance to the field of philanthropy
  • Assist the senior manager of public policy and advocacy on other duties as related
  • Current graduate student in public policy or related field, with a keen interest in the philanthropic field and/or the nonprofit sector
  • Experience writing policy and issue briefs/memos
  • Exemplary skills in oral, written and online communication
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and able to work with diverse stakeholders
  • Demonstrated strong research and analysis skills
  • Comfort executing program and event coordination and logistical support
  • Comfort with ambiguity, flexibility and adapting to shifting priorities and plans
The compensation for this internship is $20.00/hour. This position will be joining an engaging organization where learning and development happens continuously with trainings, workshops, lunch and learns, on-the-job learning, and dynamic meetings that advance professional thinking. Additionally, this position will gain exposure to many leaders and professionals in the social sector.

Please submit a resume and cover letter indicating 1) why you would be a good fit, and 2) what value you would bring to Philanthropy Northwest, to including YOUR NAME + “Policy Intern” in the subject line by March 30 . This position will remain open until we find our ideal candidate, with an ideal start date in May or June.

Philanthropy Northwest is an equal opportunity employer and we strongly encourage candidates of color and other underrepresented groups to apply. We value and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status and other characteristics.
Philanthropy Northwest
2101 Fourth Ave. Suite 650
Seattle, WA, United States
Phone: 206-443-8430

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