The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) is seeking an undergraduate-level intern. COSSA is a non-profit advocacy organization that promotes the value and widespread use of social and behavioral science across the federal government. COSSA advocates in Congress and a variety of Executive Branch agencies in support of federal funding for social science as well as sound policies that positively impact the conduct of social science research. This internship would be of interest to undergraduate students wishing to learn about advocacy/government relations, federal science policy, and/or non-profit organizations.
Intern duties may include, but would not be limited to:
· Conducting legislative research to assist COSSA staff with their government relations activities. This may include searching federal agency databases for social science projects, research on Members of Congress, and research on bills, regulations, and other policy developments, among other projects.
· Coverage of events, such as Congressional hearings, federal agency advisory committee meetings, scientific community and coalition events, etc., which may result in a written product, such as a newsletter article.
· During the spring, assisting with the preparation and execution of COSSA’s Social Science Advocacy Day, and other ad hoc events as needed.
· Light administrative duties i.e. organizing files, updating databases, etc.
Minimum Skills & Qualifications:
· Ability to work well with others in a collaborative environment.
· Professional demeanor and attention to detail.
· Interest in the legislative process; prior experience or knowledge of the legislative process is highly desirable.
. Curiosity in science and its role in shaping public policy.
· Strong writing and qualitative research skills.
· Ability to take direction, work under pressure, and meet deadlines while maintaining professional composure.
· Proficiency using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.).
· Proficiency using social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.).
Candidates should be comfortable working in a small team of three (3) staff members. This is an unpaid internship; however, we are happy to assist via course credit with a candidate’s home institution.
Interns should be available to work part time (approximately 15-20 hours per week). COSSA can be flexible to accommodate academic schedules. Start and end dates of the internship program are negotiable as well.
Until further notice, all COSSA staff and interns will be working from home on a regular basis with the availability to work from the DC office if desired. COSSA’s headquarters is in downtown Washington, DC, several blocks from the White House. The office is Metro accessible from the blue, orange, and silver lines (2 blocks) and the red line (5 blocks).
More on COSSA is available at www.cossa.org.
Interested individuals should send a resume and brief cover letter to Ben Goodrich at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.