Policy Internship
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Sandy Hook Promise
Washington, DC, USA
Job Posted:
30+ days ago

Policy Internship

About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. For more information, visit ------------

Position Summary

Sandy Hook Promise is seeking highly motivated, creative, and organized interns to join our policy team for the Summer 2019 semester in Washington, DC. The policy intern will work closely and collaboratively with members of our policy team on federal and state policy projects. Interns will be exposed to all stages of the policy advocacy process and will be a part of interdepartmental collaborations that leverage SHP’s field and programmatic resource to advance policy reforms. Interns will support the team by conducting research, maintaining databases, drafting written materials, assisting in the planning and execution of events on the Hill or at state houses, and more. This position is ideal for students who are strong communicators, comfortable in fast paced environments, and interested in the fields of public policy and nonprofit advocacy.

Primary Responsibilities

Research on state and federal legislative and policy issues
Analysis and written summaries of legislative, policy and other issues
Assist in reaching out to diverse stakeholders to gather information, policies and practices
Other duties as required
Required Skills and Experience

A strong dedication to advancing the mission of Sandy Hook Promise
A willingness to put mission before self and adhere to SHP’s above-the-politics approach
Good time management skills
Strong organizational skills
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Interest in and willingness to learn about violence prevention and mental health policy issues
Ability to work collaboratively and reliably with multiple stakeholders
Any previous experience in public policy, on the hill, or in other government offices preferred but not required
Professional level: Internship

Duration: Summer 2019

Hours: Approximately 20 hrs / week

Minimum education requirement: Undergraduate or graduate student


Please send a resume and cover letter to with the subject line “policy internship” to ------------.

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