Public Policy Intern

Seasonal, Part-Time
Job Category
Government Relations/Public Policy


Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).



Position Summary

Audubon's Public Policy Office is a dynamic, well-respected leader in environmental advocacy. Interns are mentored by Audubon's highly skilled policy advocates. Through this experience, fellows will develop a range of skills that includes policy research and analysis, engagement with decision-makers and coalition-building. This is a paid opportunity and will start the first week of January 2018 until late spring. 


Essential Functions

  • Gather and analyze information about priority Audubon policy issues
  • Prepare briefing materials and develop public presentation skills
  • Conduct policy research and track bills moving through Congress and policy and regulatory issues moving through the Administration
  • Write letters to support, improve, or oppose policies moving through Congress or the Administration
  • Attend congressional hearings, and accompany Audubon policy staff on visits to congressional offices
  • Attend federal agency meetings to advocate for Audubon policy priorities
  • Represent Audubon with other environmental groups and participate in coalition activities
  • Gain exposure to Audubon’s grassroots outreach programs and methodology
  • Plan engagement events for Members of Congress with our State Offices and chapters

Qualifications and Experience

  • Currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in conservation policy/management, environmental science, or political science.  Juniors or seniors are strongly desired
  • Candidates with relevant experience in conservation, environmental science, public policy, political campaigns or congressional internship and environmental law preferred
  • Ability to handle research assignments, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and work independently
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Interest in environmental advocacy
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)


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