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Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Intern

Department: Fight Crime Invest in Kids (FCIK)
Location: Washington, DC

Fight Crime Internship Program - Spring 2019

Title of Job: Advocacy Intern, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids

Reporting to: Michael Burke, Senior Associate

To apply: Send resume and cover letter

Description: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is seeking a motivated self-starter looking to gain practical skills and professional experience with advocacy, policy and/or nonprofit work in Washington, DC. As an intern with Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, you have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by: working with senior leaders to develop and execute public policy efforts related to early childhood & K-12 education, health & fitness, and anti-poverty; conducting and communicating policy research; assisting in preparation of press events, policy initiatives and meetings with key leaders; and leading the organizationís day-to-day tasks. You will be an integral member of the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids team, attending staff meetings, local DC events, and contributing toward organizational goals.

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids strives for interns to walk away with: (1) a comprehensive understanding of the current policy environment regarding education, health, and crime reduction; (2) a unique and desirable skill set on how to communicate with and build relationships with high-level leaders; (3) knowledge of policies and programs that invest in programs to benefit children in order to reduce crime; (4) enhanced knowledge of the law enforcement community, specifically executive officers; (5) a firm grasp of how a national nonprofit advocacy organization operates and advances state and federal policies; (6) a distinct set of professional skills and experience that carries into future career and academic pursuits.

This is a great opportunity for individuals hoping to learn more about public policy, advocacy, nonprofits and/or working with key leaders to achieve desired policy outcomes!

Specific Roles and Responsibilities:

  •  Work with the team to assist in recruiting and engaging police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and crime survivors across the country to promote programs to set kids up for success
  •  Provide input and assist in execution of action plans to advance policy opportunities and advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels (meetings with members of Congress and state policymakers, sign-on letters, media strategies, etc.)
  •  Assist in writing emails, blog posts, and conducting research as needed
  •  Serve as a lead on day-to-day organizational tasks and projects

Skills, Competencies and Knowledge Desired for the Position:

  •  Interest in and familiarity with legislative processes and policy, particularly related to education, childrenís health, and the law enforcement community
  •  Effective communication skills, both orally and in writing
  •  Interpersonal skills and confidence interfacing with Fight Crime: Invest in Kids staff, senior leaders and external partners
  •  Ability to juggle multiple projects and respond flexibly to changing priorities, while meeting deadlines

Schedule and Compensation: The ideal candidate will start by January 28, 2018. You may work up to 40 hours per week. This position is unpaid, but credits may be offered to those enrolled in an accredited university or certified program.

Fight Crime: Invest In Kids is a national, bipartisan, nonprofit, anti-crime organization. The organization has a membership of nearly 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys, other law enforcement leaders and crime survivors who protect public safety by promoting solutions that steer kids away from crime. The members take a hard-nosed look at the strategies proven to reduce crime. Armed with research, they then make the case for solutions that cut crime and put kids on the path to productive lives and advocate for such solutions to state and national policymakers. It operates under the umbrella of the Council for a Strong America. Fight Crime: Invest In Kids is supported by tax-deductible contributions from foundations, individuals, and corporations.

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