American Foreign Service AssociationAdvocacy and Government Affairs Internship 2015

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Application Deadline: October 15th 2015

American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) is pleased to offer an Advocacy and Government Affairs Internship to college and graduate students interested in international affairs, advocacy/grassroots mobilization, communications, stakeholder engagement, and the U.S. Foreign Service.


  • The minimum-age requirement for the position is 18, though preference will generally be given to college juniors, seniors, or graduate students. International students are welcome to apply if they have native-level fluency in English.
  • Interns need to be hard-working, dependable and detail-oriented, and must have good editing and writing skills.
  • Excellent computer skills are a must.
  • Applicants should ideally have an interest in advocacy, legislative issues, and international affairs. Strong research and analytical skills are preferable for this internship.

Basic Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Advocacy Department’s Senior Legislative Assistant, interns would have the opportunity to combine their academic interests with real-world experience in any of the following areas: legislation, advocacy grassroots, community outreach, stakeholder engagement, communications, social media, and special events, among others.

The Advocacy Department interns would be required to work on multiple projects including but not limited to:

  • Coordinating virtual advocacy meetings
  • Monitoring legislative issues and congressional hearings
  • Conducting research
  • Helping with message development
  • Drafting memos, articles, OpEds, talking points, speeches, and other types of statements
  • Supporting issue-driven advocacy/grassroots mobilization campaigns

Sample Projects

  • Support of AFSA’s Hill Advocacy events and/or virtual advocacy efforts, which include AFSA members’ visits to congressional district offices.
  • Background research on legislative issues, congressional districts, government officials, and relevant stakeholders.


  • During their time at AFSA, interns will also have unique opportunities to talk with Foreign Service employees, learn about the Foreign Service, and gain insights into the workings of the State Department and other foreign affairs agencies.
  • Arrangements will be made for at least one visit to a State Department press briefing, and we strive to identify opportunities for high-level interaction for our interns.
  • AFSA offers this internship in the spring, summer and fall. All interns will receive a stipend commensurate with the hours worked: Those working 19 hours or fewer will receive $300; those who work 20-29 hours receive $500; and those who commit to 30-40 hours will receive $700.

How to Apply:

If you would like to be considered, please send a resume, cover letter and a short writing sample to David Murimi, Senior Legislative Assistant for AFSA’s Advocacy Department, at (subject: Advocacy/Government Affairs Internship). NO CALLS PLEASE.

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