Grassroots Advocacy & Policy Intern (PAID)

Reports to: Policy Director & Government Affairs Associate
Semester: Spring 2019 (January-April/May, depending on intern’s availability)
Hours: 10-16 hrs/week (part-time)
Location: USCPR office in Washington, DC area
Compensation: stipend provided
Application deadline: Rolling; apply by December 2 for the first round of interviews

The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) is seeking a part-time Grassroots Advocacy & Policy Intern for the winter and spring of 2019.

The Grassroots Advocacy & Policy Intern will assist the Policy Director and Government Affairs Associate with work aimed at shifting US policy away from military, diplomatic, and domestic backing of the Israeli occupation and apartheid and towards supporting Palestinian human rights, international law, and equality.

USCPR is a national coalition of hundreds of groups working to advocate for Palestinian rights and a shift in US policy. Founded in 2001 as the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, USCPR has been a leading player in the movement for Palestinian rights in the United States. The coalition is bound by commonly shared principles on Palestine solidarity as well as our anti-racism principles. As part of a global movement in solidarity with the Palestinian people, we work to stop US support for Israel until it ends its denial of Palestinian rights. Our vision is freedom, justice, and equality for the Palestinian people in a world without racism and oppression.

Responsibilities

  • Contributing to in-district grassroots advocacy efforts by playing a supporting role in planning and creating resources for Congressional meetings, town halls mobilizations, and long-term activist campaigns focused on Congress;
  • Researching policy issues and supporting staff in communicating USCPR policy positions to decision-makers on Capitol Hill;
  • Identifying advocacy opportunities in Congressional districts and activating local organizers through email blasts and one-to-one support;
  • Assisting staff in preparing for, attending, and summarizing Capitol Hill meetings;>
  • Identifying policy positions of Members of Congress and creating resources on their positions and political openings for Palestinian rights advocacy in Congress;
  • Attending and reporting on Congressional and policy briefings;
  • A reasonable amount of miscellaneous administrative work including transcribing, tabling, letter writing, etc.

Qualifications

  • Experience with and/or interest in organizing or political campaigning;
  • Experience with and/or interest in U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East in general and toward Palestine/Israel in particular;
  • Strong verbal communication and writing skills;
  • Strong motivation and the ability to be a self-starter;
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at the same time;
  • Working knowledge of Google Drive and Applications;
  • Graphic design, social media skills, Microsoft Excel competency, and general tech skills are a plus.

Benefits
Interns are considered an integral part of USCPR. Part-time interns are paid a stipend, and USCPR can additionally work with colleges and universities to coordinate class credit for the internship. This internship will also offer substantive work experience and hands-on opportunities for professional and personal development.

To Apply
Please send a resume, a writing sample, and cover letter outlining:

  1. Your goals and motivations for working with USCPR;
  2. Why you are an ideal candidate for the intern position

Submit your materials to jobs@uscpr.org, subject line: “Grassroots Advocacy & Policy Intern – Your Name.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning after December 2.

>USCPR is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diversified workplace. People of color, women and GNC people, LGBTQIA folks, and people of diverse religious backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.