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Government Affairs Intern

Department: Public Policy
Reports to: Advocacy and Outreach Manager
Location: Washington, D.C.

Summary Description

Help strengthen land conservation across America by joining the dedicated, dynamic government affairs team at the Land Trust Alliance!  We’re looking for a full-time, unpaid Government Affairs Intern from June 1 through August  21, 2015. The ideal candidate is a student or young professional with demonstrated interest in government affairs and conservation policy who is capable of proactively researching political relationships, drafting informational materials on conservation issues, and communicating directly with land trusts, coalition partners, and federal officials. You’ll find that interning for a small organization will give you ample opportunities to interact with all aspects of our work, be in the room at key meetings and events, and gain valuable nonprofit and Capitol Hill experience.

About the Alliance

The Land Trust Alliance is a national conservation organization working to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation throughout America. We represent America’s 1,700 local land conservation organizations in Washington, and mobilize them to achieve the following federal legislative priorities:

  1. Create permanent tax incentives for land conservation and defend the charitable deduction
  2. Maximize land trusts’ access to conservation funding in the Farm Bill
  3. Defend funding for federal land conservation programs (LWCF, Forest Legacy, NAWCA, & Section 6) and expand their availability to land trusts.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Recruiting congressional co-sponsors, primarily by mobilizing local land trusts to ask
  • Securing letters of commendation to Accredited land trusts from their representatives
  • Gathering and presenting success stories of effective advocacy and program benefits
  • Supporting our advocacy network by recruiting email subscribers, tracking land trust relationships with Congress, and analyzing debrief reports from our Advocacy Day
  • Supporting our tax incentive and farm bill coalition meetings, initiatives, and events
  • Drafting and updating policy fact-sheets, web content, Congressional district maps, and other communications for a variety of internal and external audiences
  • Scheduling, preparing packets for, and occasionally attending  meetings with public officials


  • Demonstrated interest in public policy. Previous involvement in grassroots campaigns or experience on Capitol Hill a plus.
  • Familiarity with land conservation, including knowledge of land trusts and of relevant tax issues, highly desirable.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills, ability to communicate effectively with both the Alliance members and public decision-makers.
  • Willingness to balance direct advocacy with the detailed record keeping and follow-through that will be essential to our success.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications is essential, with database and/or GIS experience a plus.
  • Must be able to work constructively with others from a broad range of political perspectives.


Send resume and brief cover letter detailing your qualifications and availability to with the subject line of Government Affairs Intern and your last name. If email is not an option, applications will be accepted by mail to Sean Robertson, Land Trust Alliance, 1660 L Street NW, Suite 1100, Washington, D.C.  20036.

The Land Trust Alliance’s mission is to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Land Trust Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or marital status.

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