Intern, Government Relations - Washington, DC (Summer 2024)

  • American Red Cross
  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • Feb 14, 2024

Job Description

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Job Description:

Intern, Government Relations - Summer 2024

Why Choose Us? 
As one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. When you join our team, you have a direct impact on a meaningful mission, and you can help save lives every day. If you share our passion for helping people, join us in this excellent career opportunity. Work where your career is a force for good.

We are committed to the diversity of our workforce and to delivering our programs and services in a culturally competent manner reflecting the communities we serve. Our work environment is collaborative, respectful, and inclusive with a focus on building allyship and a culture of belonging that empowers all team members. Come to learn, grow, and succeed while sharing your passion for making a difference.

At the American Red Cross, your uniqueness can shine!

We are seeking 2 dynamic interns, to support our Government Relations department for Summer 2024.

Intern #1 will be hired for Session I during the following period: Monday, June 3 - Friday, July 12, 2024

Intern # 2 will be hired for Session II during the following period: Monday, July 15 - Friday August 23rd, 2024.

Hours for each session will be Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET.

This exciting internship opportunity will require in-person attendance at our Washington, DC offices, for current undergraduate students for Summer 2024.  The successful candidate SHOULD BE located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. If you are not going to be residing in the DC metro area during Summer 2024 you will NOT be further considered.

In order to be further considered please submit your resume, AND an essay style writing sample of approximately 250 - 500 words, double spaced. Please feel free to choose a topic that you are comfortable with or one that reflects your expertise and interests. If you do not submit a writing sample with your application, you will NOT be further considered!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15, 2024 OR once 100 applications are received, whichever happens first.


This position will assist the Government Relations team in outreach and education for elected officials at the Federal and State levels of government as it relates to the five lines of service: Biomedical, Disaster Cycle Services, International Services, Services to the Armed Forces and Training Services. Projects and tasks for this position include research, writing and development of outreach efforts with a goal of ensuring elected officials have broad awareness of the Red Cross mission and how we can help people in need across the U.S. Projects assigned to this position will enhance the Government Relations team’s efforts to engage with public officials and effective communications in
domestic policy related to our lines of service, on various goodwill campaigns
throughout the year as well as service delivery during times of disaster. The person in this role must possess strong written skills, an ability to communicate effectively with public officials across the political spectrum regardless of party affiliation and an ability to meet often changing and short deadlines. This position will also provide assistance with outreach efforts relevant to all Red Cross lines of service to public officials such as members of Congress , the Administration and state-level officials.


  • Monitor and analyze legislation and regulations which impact Red Cross lines of service, external agencies and partner organizations and the non-profit industry

  • Develop position statements and attend disaster related meetings including congressional hearings.

  • Ability to analyze and summarize complex matters to include
    key take aways from congressional hearings and conferences, matters surfaced through various news sources, events and hearings, and research, including by drafting summaries and internal briefing papers.

  • Attend Government Relations Department meetings and participate in community outreach and field work, whena ppropriate.

  • Assist in developing a database of key community partners.

  • Attend conferences and symposium and other educational opportunities when appropriate.ther educational opportunities when appropriate.

Education: Should be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program

Experience: Up to 1 year of related experience.
Management Experience: N/a
Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong analytical and communications skills Interest/ familiarity with Red Cross mission and lines of service: Disaster Cycle Services, Biomedical, International Services, Training Services and Services to the Armed Forces.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Organized and self motivated in conducting research. Excellent written and oral communication skills,with a demonstrated ability to explain complex issues to a range of audiences.

  • Ability to meet changing, short-term deadlines.

  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).

  • Ability to work on a team.

Travel: N/a

* Combination of candidate’s education and general experience satisfies requirements so long as the total years equate to description’s minimum education and general experience years combined (Management experience cannot be substituted).
Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The work environment will consist of moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phones and printers, light traffic). The employee must have the ability to work in a small cubicle and have the ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.

DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.



Apply now! Joining our team will provide you with the opportunity to make a difference every day.

The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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