Boys & Girls Clubs of America

  • Fall Government Relations Internship (Unpaid)

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(8/3/2018 9:10 AM)
    Job ID
    Govt Relations - Federal
    Washington, DC
  • Overview

    Must be seeking academic credit in order to qualify for internship.



    Company Profile:
    Boys & Girls Clubs of America works hard every day to make a difference in the lives of youth in communities all over the world. Our Clubs serve 4 million boys and girls, with over four thousand Clubs at locations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands -- and on domestic and international U.S. military bases. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of young people by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and pride. Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.


    Learning Outcomes:
    • Understanding the inner workings of the DC non-profit advocacy system
    • How to execute and manage advocacy strategies
    • How to build and manage meaningful relationships with key stakeholders to the benefit of the program and mission
    • How to use essential advocacy tools and software
    • How to meet challenges, overcome obstacles, and work in a dynamic team environment
    • How to develop stewardship and communication skills


    Possible Projects:


    • Attending coalition meetings, Capitol Hill visits, and Congressional hearings
    • Create and update critical biographical and background information on Members of Congress and other key influencers
    • Coordinate and track visits Members of Congress make to Boys & Girls Clubs, and report the results to leadership

    Meeting with Congressional Members and Staff
    • Steward the Club relationships that are being developed by GR staff on Capitol Hill


    • Provide on-going research on legislation, funding opportunities, and issues important to Boys & Girls Clubs at a national, state, and local level


    • Supporting the Government Relation’s team during the National Youth of the Year Celebration
    • Receive mentoring and shadowing opportunities
    • Demonstrate BGCA ICARE values and integrate into work environment and model in the way that you work, uphold those same values in others
    • Adhere to organizational policies and procedures as described in BGCA's Intern Policy, Ethics Policy and elsewhere




    Currently enrolled at an undergraduate university or college. Basic knowledge of American government (would learn more about this through the internship, extensive knowledge a plus but not required). Interest in not-for-profit and youth development. Interest in policy and government entities.


    Experience using Microsoft Office suite, including Word and Excel. A track record of reliability, independent work, and creativity.


    Applicants should demonstrate interest in Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Self-motivation and ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Eagerness to learn. Strong interest in project management in not-for-profit environments. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to manage time appropriately. Professional or business work casual environment.


    Physical and Mental Requirements
    Demonstrated ability in: decision-making: selecting the most appropriate course of action in a given situation; interpersonal skills: establishing personal and professional relationships among diverse internal and external publics; comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities; light duty lifting (20 pounds) possible.


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