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DescriptionEquality Texas is in the business of securing equality in the state by advocating and lobbying for the elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Through our Public Policy/Legislative Advocacy Program, we lobby members of the Texas Legislature and the leaders of Texas’ cities, towns and counties to enact policies that strengthen families and promote equality. The Public Policy/Legislative Advocacy internship at Equality Texas includes a variety of tasks in which you can use and develop your policy and advocacy skills. Public policy interns are utilized year-round to assist the department in achieving its goals.
We are currently seeking interns for the Spring Semester. The minimum time commitment for academic year interns is one semester. Interns are encouraged to earn credit for their time, but volunteers are welcome as well. Average hours per week are 12-20 hours with flexibility for actual days worked. All positions are non-paid. People with experience in public policy, advocacy, and law preferred.
The Equality Texas office is located in downtown Austin within walking distance to the State Capitol. The office is a friendly and fun place to work. Internships with the Public Policy/Legislative Advocacy Department offer you a chance to make a difference while you build your experience and résumé.
To apply, please e-mail a letter of interest and résumé to Chuck Smith, Interim Executive Director, at Chuck@EqualityTexas.org.
In your letter, tell us why you would like to be an intern at Equality Texas and what civil rights issues concern you the most. Also, please include days and hours available, previous intern or volunteer experience, list any skills that are particularly suited for the internship position, and a phone number or e-mail at which you can be reached.
Responsibilities-Conduct legislative research on a variety of issues in support of Equality Texas’ legislative agenda.
-Assist in the drafting of legislation to be filed.
-Assist the Communications and Field Departments in preparation of talking points for specific pieces of legislation and dissemination of information to affected constituents.
-Perform administrative tasks as assigned. Tasks include: proofreading, editing, data-entry, filing, committee hearing preparation/monitoring, copying, etc.
-Complete other tasks as assigned.
-Upper-division and graduate interns may be requested to directly lobby legislators, under supervision.
RequirementsWe are looking for people with an interest in civil rights and LGBT advocacy.
IMPORTANT: to apply, please visit: http://equalitytexas.org/content.aspx?id=488, read the internship description carefully and follow the "How to Respond" instructions.