National Wildlife Federation
  • National Advocacy Center
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • 12.50
  • Hourly
  • Intern

The National Wildlife Federation's DC-based National Advocacy Center (NAC) is seeking an intern for a 48-week paid opportunity supporting the legislative team.  The NAC serves as the epicenter of the National Wildlife Federation's national campaign work. By bringing lobbying, policy, and legal expertise together with grassroots, online outreach, and communications specialists, the NAC is able to help mobilize the National Wildlife Federation's assets to address the most pressing wildlife conservation challenges. Our advocacy campaigns leverage opportunities to safeguard bedrock environmental laws while advocating for bipartisan Congressional and Administrative conservation actions that are science-based and wildlife-friendly.

The Legislative Intern will report to the Legislative Coordinator, supporting him/her and the Legislative Director to advance the National Wildlife Federation's legislative priorities and management of the lobby team. 

In  this role you will: 

  • Conduct research on key legislative issues -- ranging from wildlife and conservation funding, clean air, clean water, public lands, forests and farms, coastal resilience, environmental education, and other issues -- and draft materials including fact sheets, email blasts, and letters
  • Facilitate coordination of lobby team by creating and maintaining templates and best practices guides
  • Help manage a database of Congressional information and outreach, including list building and bill tracking, and assist in training lobbyists in best use practices
  • Support increased communication on legislative priorities to greater National Wildlife Federation family with weekly legislative updates and other periodic legislative overviews and analyses
  • Provide logistical support in scheduling meetings and organizing events, including arranging travel, taking minutes, and distributing notes and other materials
  • Assist with lobby days, trainings, and fly-ins, as well as other advocacy campaigns/outreach activities as needed
  • Perform administrative duties as assigned

The Intern must be available to work a 40-hour weekly schedule for a 48-week internship.


  • BA or BS, with strong coursework or work experience in environmental policy, government affairs, or advocacy campaigns 
  • Experience in or demonstrated commitment to environmental advocacy and community outreach and engagement in particular is desirable
  • Ability to conduct extensive research and synthesize information clearly and accurately is a must
  • Able to successfully juggle multiple, complex projects under tight deadlines
  • Strong grasp of how to use communications tools strategically to support advocacy 
  • Self-motivated and well organized
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and computer skills and have proven experience in writing for multiple audiences
  • PowerPoint skills and knowledge of layout and design programs are a plus
  • Comfort using and maintaining databases is a plus  
  • The employee's actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus

The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits and a  family-friendly, flexible work environment.  We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.  If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we encourage you to submit an application.  A background check will be conducted on the selected candidate.

Interested candidates should submit both a cover letter and resume

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