Policy and Advocacy Organizing Intern; Center for Rural Affairs

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The Center for Rural Affairs is a leading nonprofit organization with a national reputation for progressive rural advocacy and policy work. We are seeking two full-time temporary Policy and Advocacy Organizing Interns to advance our legislative and policy objectives in Iowa.

This is an excellent opportunity to become part of a dynamic team committed to effecting change. The ideal candidate will be a recent college graduate with strong writing and communications skills, organizing experience, and knowledge of agriculture, social justice and clean energy issues. We invite applicants that have a familiarity with and knowledge of the legislative and political processes.

Job Requirements include:

  • Develop knowledge of Iowa state and federal policy issues, particularly farm bill organizing
  • Engage rural communities in outreach efforts to advance policy objectives
  • Identify and build relationships with rural leaders
  • Author traditional, social and digital media content
  • Represent the organization at meetings, conferences and events
  • Complete focused research and analysis
  • Provide support to program staff in furtherance of policy objectives


  • Curious and excited to learn;
  • Disciplined, accountable and consensus builder;
  • Quick learner who is detail-oriented and produces high-quality work; and
  • In possession of a strong work ethic and a habit of exceeding expectations.

Additionally the right candidate must possess:

  • Flexibility (travel throughout Iowa, Nebraska, and the Midwest region will be necessary);
  • Understanding of political and legislative process;
  • Demonstrated ability to connect with people regardless of political or cultural background; and
  • Ability to think outside the box and see issues from different perspectives.

The following are a plus, but not required:

  • Academic experience in a field such as political science, environmental science, communications, sociology or public relations.
  • Demonstrated fluency with social and digital media; and
  • Excellent research and writing skills.

To learn more about the position, visit the Center for Rural Affairs website. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, three professional references and one short writing sample (one to three pages), to [email protected]. Apply by April 28, 2017, for full consideration. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.