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Internship - Advocacy and Government Relations

Washington DC

Boys & Girls Clubs of America is the nation's premier youth development organization. Our programs, training and services impact nearly 4 million children and teens every year. We are always looking for qualified professionals with a passion for improving young lives, as a member of our national staff.

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:



  • Coordinate and track visits Members of Congress and state officials make to Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Support the relationships that are being developed by Government Relations staff and local Club staff on Capitol Hill and at the state and local levels.
  • Provide ongoing research on legislation, funding opportunities, and issues important to Boys & Girls Clubs at a national, state, and local level.
  • 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


  • Compile weekly press clips comprised of advocacy related articles in media outlets across the country as well as disseminating to members of the BGCA government relations team.
  • Assist with production and editing of advocacy materials and internal documents.
  • Collect relevant Club and youth stories related to BGCA priority issues to be utilized in advocacy communications and campaigns.
  • Draft action alerts, social media and other communications to be used in targeted advocacy campaigns.
  • Create blogs for advocacy page around Club advocacy actions.


  • Support the Government Relations team in preparation for National Days of Advocacy in March.
  • 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 suite, 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.




Posted February 18, 2021

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