Advocacy Internship

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.

Eligibility: 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.

AFSA interns work closely with staff to address any issues impacting its membership and therefore greatly benefit from access to government officials, decision makers, and hands on experience.

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.

To Apply: If you would like to be considered, please send a resume, cover letter and a short writing sample to Javier Cuebas, Director of Advocacy, at cuebas@afsa.org (subject: Advocacy/Government Affairs Internship). NO CALLS PLEASE.

The deadline for spring internship applications is Oct. 15; for summer internships, April 5; and for fall internships, June 15. In all cases, candidates who are under serious consideration for the position will be notified within two weeks after the deadline; all other applicants should assume they are no longer being considered if they have not been contacted by then. (We regret that we cannot acknowledge receipt of individual applications.)

We are located at 2101 E Street NW in Washington, DC, two blocks from the George Washington University campus and directly across from the State Department. The closest Metro stop is Foggy Bottom/GWU, on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines.

AFSA does not discriminate on the basis of gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or any other reason.