Government Relations Intern
American Heart Association- SouthWest Affiliate Intern Job Description
Functional Title: Government Relations Intern Department: Health Initiatives Length of Internship: 2013 Spring and/or Summer Semester (unpaid) Reports to: Vice President of Advocacy /Government Relations & Director of Policy Campaigns & Advocacy
GENERAL DESCRIPTION Assists in legislative and policy research work. Candidate would shadow staff serving as liaison between the American Heart Association and governmental / legislative entities. Candidate may plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of volunteers. Daily work and duties would be done with minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Daily tasks would include: • Analyzing SouthWest Affiliate tracking reports; • Monitoring committee hearings (online & in person); • Attending meetings; • Assisting in messaging and media advocacy plan for the AHA; • Assisting with tracking news articles in local papers; • Attending meetings & press conferences on AHA issues; • Assisting with messaging for AHA action alerts; • Assisting with Grassroots Lobby Days.
GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS Experience and Education Experience working with the federal or state legislature, legislative staff, or research services is preferred but not required. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities • Knowledge of the federal and state legislative process, regulatory process and state government administration. • Knowledge of leadership principles. • Excellent verbal and written skills. • Skill in compiling, evaluating, and presenting legislative information, in problem-solving and negotiating, and in policy analysis and research. • Ability to participate in meetings, work in a team environment and interact with all levels of AHA staff, volunteers and public.