Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Peace Alliance Internship

Peace Alliance - Legislative Strategist Intern - Washington, DC, USA

The Peace Alliance is currently offering the following position(s):

Legislative Strategist Intern

The Peace Alliance is seeking an intern for the position of Legislative Strategist in a grassroots movement.

The Peace Alliance, a 501(c)4 nonprofit, is a nonpartisan citizen action organization whose mission is to empower civic activism for a culture of peace. Our vision is a future in which the practical programs and principles of peacebuilding a re the bedrock of our personal, national and global interest and investment. Our goal is to take the field of peacebuilding from the margins of the political and societal dialogue and bring it to its rightful place: Central to our policymaking, investment and understanding. We achieve this primarily through a massive public education, outreach and citizen lobbying effort. Our current focus is the campaign for a cabinet-level U.S. Department of Peace. There is currently a bill before the U.S. House of Representatives, HR 808, to establish a United States Department of Peace.

The Legislative Strategist will work with the national leadership of the Campaign to craft a comprehensive and cohesive legislative strategy that supports grassroots organizers in targeting their lobbying actions on Capitol Hill to generate new cosponsors for HR 808.

This position will work with leadership to understand individual Congressmembers' positions and needs; prioritize efforts; educate, inform, and equip grassroots lobbyists with necessary materials; create new actions; and mold this position to maximize the potential that unfolds daily in grassroots, non-hierarchical structures.

This is an ideal internship for someone who generates ideas easily, excels at working in partnership to produce a mature and feasible plan, and can see the plan to fruition.

This is a part-time position. The ideal applicant will be nearing completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree in political science with an interest and/or experience in legislative strategy and/or the fields of peacebuilding, conflict resolution and grassroots organizing. Must be a self-starter with excellent research and verbal and written communication skills; work easily with diverse and geographically dispersed volunteers; excel in collaborative work environments; be able to create maximum impact with minimum resources; and be committed to being! peace in the world.

Work location is 1730 Rhode Islan d Ave NW, Suite 712, Washington, DC.

If interested, please email a cover letter and resume to Kathy Kidd or call (202) 296-1187.

For more information on this position or volunteer opportunities with a Peace Alliance regional chapter near you see http://www.thepeacealliance.org/content/view/464/467/