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FIU in DC Internship


Program Description and Goals:

FIU’s Office of Governmental Relations works to promote the interests of the University’s students, faculty, and alumni by serving as the principal liaison between the University and federal, state, and local government offices and legislative bodies. Its primary mission is to aggressively advance FIU’s research, teaching and service missions by developing and implementing strategies for increasing state and federal funding.

Each semester the department’s Federal Relations branch offers a hands-on internship at FIU’s Washington D.C. office. This program provides leadership and professional development experiences for FIU college students and recent graduates. Working on a full-time basis, the FIU in DC Internship offers unique opportunities to gain valuable work experience and a knowledge of Congress and the federal government while refining marketing and communications skills. 

Internship Expectations:

The FIU in DC Intern will be responsible for three specific areas of the FIU in DC office:

  1. Advocacy
    • Assist the Assistant Vice President and Government Relations Associate in research and advocacy work relating to FIU's federal priorities.
    • Attend congressional briefings and activities in Washington relevant to university's priorities; draft summaries reporting relevant information useful to advancing FIU federal priorities.
    • Monitor Congressional calendar and manage staff coverage of hearings and events
    • Coordinate scheduling requests with Members of Congress staff office
  2. Office Operations & Communications
    • Assist in day-to-day operations in the office; welcome and host visiting partners, guests, students, and faculty & staff; Serve as point of contact for the main office phone line.
    • Help support social media accounts; generate content for posts; develop FIU News releases; develop email content to be sent to alumni and external partners.
    • Maintain visitor database for communication and tracking purposes
    • Manage and plan logistics for events hosted by FIU in DC and/or partners.
    • Manage FIU in DC calendar on the university calendar platform
  3. Business Development & Marketing
    • Assist the Associate Director in marketing of academic courses to relevant leads through phone calls, emails, and marketing campaigns.
    • Manage and plan logistics for events hosted by FIU in DC and/or partners.

Qualifications:

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Passion for FIU
  • Interest and curiosity in government, policy, advocacy and/or campaigns
  • Professional acumen 
  • Communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Drive to succeed and persistence
  • Marketing savvy or willingness to learn
  • Social networking skills 
  • Event planning skills or willingness to learn
  • Strong organization skills
  • Ability to multi-task and deal with multiple deadlines
  • Entrepreneurial 

Open to U.S. citizens, Legal Permanent Residents and DACA-eligible students

The FIU Washington Internship is unique in that it is one of the few paid internships in Washington, DC. Interns receive $500 per week, and are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

Applying for the FIU in DC Internship:

Only complete applications received by the due date will be considered. The application deadline for the SUMMER 2017 internship is March 19, 2016. All applications must contain the following components:

Please attach/provide in an electronic link sent to Ethan Starkey (ebstarke@fiu.edu):

  • A one-page cover letter/email that concisely highlights key points from the application questionnaire
  • A current resume
  • An edited video on campus at a relevant location(s) introducing yourself to the selection committee (2 minute maximum) that answers:  What makes you an effective FIU advocate?One of the following:  (A candidate may choose to submit more than one of the below)
  • Portfolio of previous experience in advocacy, campaign logistics, or organizational leadership success
    • PowerPoint or Prezi Presentation that addresses how you would best advance the FIU Federal Agenda:  on the Hill, before federal agencies, and by leveraging alumni advocates in Washington, D.C.
    • Social media: Utilize the hashtag #FIUDCInternship for at least 1 week to effectively produce a stream that effectively and positively promotes:
      • FIU’s individual federal priorities;
      • Or nationally-relevant FIU news
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (1 FIU Facutly, 1 Professional Reference)  

If you have any questions regarding the internship, please email Ethan Starkey at ebstarke@fiu.edu