Public Policy & Advocacy Intern

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Do you have a passion for advocacy? Want to give a voice to those who aren’t fully being represented effectively locally or nationally? Have a passion for informing people about issues that are near and dear to you? Looking to make a substantive impact on policy? The Public Policy & Advocacy (PPA) Internship is the perfect opportunity for your!

Until There's A Cure has launched a brand new initiative, How I Value (HIV) Life Movement, and we are looking for thinkers, activists, and advocates to help start a new social justice organization centered on broad advocacy and coalition-building across different social justice fields. During the PPA internship, you will help us strategize, write, and pitch our legislative ideas on the issues of Youth Homelessness and HIV Criminalization. You will have a great opportunity to immerse yourself within the issues and be involved in changing minds, lives, and policies. PPA Interns will help aggregate information, initiate social justice campaigns, coordinate with fellow organizations, and compile recommendations all in order to construct effective public policy change. Furthermore, PPA interns will attend meetings with community leaders, organization directors, and legislative members in California.

This internship will give you a personal experience with issues, ability to draft legislation, and opportunities working in an enthusiastic team dynamic looking to solve social problems. This internship will help build skills learning about policy structure, ground-level needs, and personal initiative. This internship requires someone who is passionate, driven, motivated, creative, cooperative, and outgoing. Previous Public Policy or Policy Advocacy experience NOT required.


- Researching legislation issues and identifying supportive government figures and organizations.
- Phone calls and emails to establish and maintain strategic partnerships with other social justice organizations.
- Maintain our online presence (e.g. website, social media, blogs, media content) as well as expand our reach.
- Identify potential donors and partners.
- Monitor our organization's message and strategic campaign.
- Plan and assist at events and conferences.


- Strong desire to work within the public policy and advocacy space.
- Commitment to social justice.
- Desire to inform people about many different social issues.
- Able to network and coordinate efforts with other organizations.
- Know how to find legislation on local, state, and national levels.
- Ultimately: want to create a more cohesive and hospitable social climate.


Required - Answering Phones, Email, Donor Acquisition, Grassroots Advocacy, Advocacy, Website Administration, Database Analysis, Applied Research, Social Media, Fundraising, Forums
Preferred - Website Building, Start-ups, Non-profit Development, WordPress, User Interface Design

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