POSITION: Internship – Children and Families
LOCATION: Denver, CO
SEMESTER: Summer 2019
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and legislative staff of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. Our mission is to serve state legislatures and other intergovernmental groups by providing support, promoting fresh ideas, connecting legislators and staff with experts and each other, and provide a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system. Since its founding in 1975, NCSL's staff has grown from 15 employees to over 150 employees in its offices in Denver, CO and Washington, D.C.
$15.00 per hour/20-25 hours per week. Part-time, flexible, variable hour schedule. Many colleges and universities will give academic credit for internships. It is the student’s responsibility to contact his or her advisor and obtain academic credit within the institution’s guidelines.
The intern will work under the supervision of NCSL staff in the Children and Families program. The intern may be required to track legislation, prepare concise and accurate responses to constituent requests for information, compile several 50-state charts and issue briefs, assist with preparation of reports and briefs on policy topics, assist with meeting planning and undertake other research and writing projects as assigned.
SPECIFIC PROJECTS / TASKS:
- Conduct research necessary to update documents and webpages with recent legislative enactments.
- Update policy documents and webpages.
- Develop issue summaries on affordable housing, homelessness, domestic violence, marriage and divorce and potentially other human services issues.
- Assist with bill tracking on affordable housing, domestic violence and potentially other human services issues.
- Conduct research and prepare responses to requests from legislators and legislative staff.
- Support meeting planning as needed and appropriate.
Primarily through data collection, analysis and writing, the intern will learn about a variety of human services issues and policies. Topics may include any of the following: housing affordability; homelessness; marriage, divorce and child custody law; domestic violence; elder abuse; child poverty and public assistance programs.
Qualified candidates should be currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree or graduate program or in a short waiting period between undergrad and graduate programs / law school and bar admittance (preferably working toward a Master of Social Work or law degree). Candidates should possess strong computer and research experience and demonstrate skill and competence in writing clearly, communicating effectively and organizing complex assignments.