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 4.3 million boys and girls, with over four thousand Clubs at locations in all 50 states, D.C, 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.
• 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
• Attending coalition meetings, Capitol Hill visits, and Congressional hearings on behalf of BGCA
• 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
• Support the relationships that are being developed by Government Relations staff and local Club staff on Capitol Hill
Research, Writing, and Editing
• Provide ongoing research on legislation, funding opportunities, and issues important to Boys & Girls Clubs at a national, state, and local level
• Assist with production and editing of advocacy materials and internal documents
• Collect relevant news articles each week and create press clips for the Government Relations team
• Support the Government Relations team during the Boys & Girls Clubs National Days of Advocacy fly-in
• Receive mentoring and shadowing opportunities
• Demonstrate BGCA ICARE values and integrate them into your work environment, model them in the way that you work, and 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, including Word and Excel. A track record of reliability, independent work, and creativity.
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. Ability to interact professionally with Congressional staffers, BGCA senior leadership, local Club leaders, and government officials. Applicants should demonstrate interest in Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 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.