POSITION: Internship – Children and Families
LOCATION: Denver, Colorado
SEMESTER: Spring 2020
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.
$15.00 per hour; 20-25 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(s) 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, create 50-state compilations of statutes and legislation, assist with drafting issue briefs, support meeting planning and undertake other 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 an array of human services topics, potentially including child welfare; early care and education; housing affordability; homelessness; marriage, divorce and child custody law; domestic violence and family economic security.
- Assist with bill tracking on an array of human services issues, potentially including child welfare; early care and education; housing affordability; homelessness; marriage, divorce and child custody law; domestic violence and family economic security.
- 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 potentially could include any of the following: child welfare; early care and education; housing affordability; homelessness; marriage, divorce and child custody law; domestic violence and family economic security.
Candidates must be in the final year of a relevant undergraduate program or accepted to or enrolled in a graduate program, preferably working toward a Master of Social Work or law degree. Qualified candidates will possess strong computer and research experience. Candidates must demonstrate skill and competence in writing clearly, communicating effectively and organizing complex assignments.