The National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) is a leading voice on the issue of homelessness. The Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions. The Alliance works collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity, leading to stronger programs and policies that help communities achieve their goal of ending homelessness. We provide data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leaders nationwide.
The Alliance will be hiring 3 full-time interns for Summer 2020 at its offices in Washington, DC. Prospective candidates should be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a relevant area of study. Interns will assist in projects across the communications, development, policy, research and capacity building teams as well as support efforts around the Alliance’s National Conference and Capitol Hill day in July. Candidates should indicate which of those areas are of most interest to them and should describe the experience and skills they would bring to projects. Responsibilities will vary depending on team assignments and may include:
- Communications drafting and content generation: This may include assisting in drafting and editing policy briefs and blogs, newsletters, donor communications, website and conference copy, and social media content.
- Conducting research: This may include research into existing or proposed legislation or policies, research into prospective foundations for development, and research on media placements or media tracking tasks.
- Conducting and compiling interviews: This may include interviewing local or national stakeholders for policy or communications purposes and conducting interviews with consumers who have experienced homelessness.
- Supporting staff projects: This may include administrative tasks on projects such as drafting documents and spreadsheets, data entry and database organizing, helping to arrange conference workshops, and attending various opportunities for professional development, including policy forums, Congressional briefings, community meetings, and others.
- Organizing and drafting training content: This may include cataloging technical assistance and training resources, assisting the capacity building team in re-packaging training resources, video editing, and content development for The Center for Learning courses.
- Strong analytical skills, ability to synthesize and summarize information;
- Well-organized, focused, and detail-oriented multi-tasker;
- Self-starter, willing and able to pursue own projects, and ability to meet deadlines;
- Strong professional verbal and written communication skills;
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel;
- Proficiency with digital technologies, including video editing and graphic design is a plus;
- Proficiency in online training and/or education platforms;
- Interest in public policy analysis, communications, and relationship building with individuals and groups, all focused on homelessness and poverty issues;
- Experience on political or issue campaigns, or with community and field organizing is a plus;
- Experience with research, data analysis and data visualization is a plus.
Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in an Alliance internship, a current resume outlining your relevant experience, and a short writing sample (no more than three pages, can be an excerpt from a larger work) that demonstrates your communication and/or research ability to email@example.com. Please include “General Internship” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted through April 24, 2020, and interviews will be granted on a rolling basis. While there is some flexibility on start and end dates, internships are expected to begin the week of June 8, 2020.
The Alliance is monitoring the effects of COVID-19 and is taking its direction from federal, and local heath officials, the WHO, CDC, and the District of Columbia Department of Health. The Alliance is moving forward with its summer internship program at this time. However, depending on recommendations from public health officials, we may postpone or cancel the program.
Candidates with prior life experience or work experience in homeless or low-income communities, communities of color, and/or LGBTQ communities are encouraged to apply.