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Intern - Public Policy

Alexandria, VA

Relocation expenses:

Part time

Published on 15 Sep 2023

Expires on 23 Sep 2023

Intern - Public Policy


United Way advocates for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. As the largest private nonprofit in the world, United Way’s work affects over 1,500 communities around the globe. We specialize in forming community-led solutions to the world’s toughest problems. This internship position takes place at the United Way Worldwide headquarters where you will work with the nonprofit professionals leading and working in domestic and global positions.  Learn more at


Interns at United Way Worldwide gain valuable learning and working experience at a leading nonprofit organization. Our goal is to make every intern who works with us learn about the area of work they believe they plan to pursue after graduation.  We want each intern to feel included, valuable, and productive in the department in which they are assigned.   In addition to the hands-on experience, you’ll receive working at the largest nonprofit in the world, you will be provided with weekly meetings led by subject matter experts and professional development workshops when available.


The internship opportunities are open to current students attending a college, university, or graduate program, and will be within 2 years of graduating if an undergraduate. Applicants must be eligible to work within the United States and have all documentation at the time of their application, including a Social Security Number. Internship schedules will generally be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, though work days may vary, depending on activities on the Hill or otherwise.

POSITION SUMMARY: This individual will play a vital role in the work of United Way Worldwide’s Public Policy Team. They will both support and own key projects aimed at mobilizing the United Way Network of over 1000 local United Ways to impact policy outcomes on the federal, state, and local levels. This individual will conduct important research to better inform the work of the team; build key relationships across the Legislative and Executive Branches; support the establishment of key resources for state and local advocacy; and help the team execute high-impact events and engagements that support United Way’s work in the areas of health, education, and economic mobility.


  • Congressional research and analysis
  • Executive Branch partnership building
  • Working with local United Ways to identify best practices
  • Developing resources to support United Way’s federal and state policy engagement
  • Supporting virtual and in-person events with Congressional offices, Federal Agencies, and local United Ways


  • Strong written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Research and analysis
  • Relationship-building and engagement skills
  • Some knowledge of public policy and the legislative process


  • Experience interning/working on Capitol Hill or in state/local government
  • Community organizing or campaign experience
  • Experience supporting large events


  • Weekly meetings and supplemental professional development workshops provided onsite
  • Receive informal feedback and mentoring from your intern manager
  • Complete a learning plan according to school’s requirements for those receiving a grade
  • Chance to meet and work with nonprofit subject matter experts and leaders at UWW
  • Free coffee & tea onsite
  • Free parking at United Way Worldwide’s parking garage
  • Near Blue/Yellow Metro line (Braddock Metro Station) and then board Alexandria Free Dash bus that has stops directly across from our building


This internship takes place at the United Way Worldwide office at 701 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314.


United Way Worldwide opposes discrimination of any form as evident in our Diversity and Inclusion Statement of Principle.  For more information, read our statement and download the report. We take the broadest possible view of diversity.

We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are.

We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and progress our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.

We believe that each United Way community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to solving community problems.

We strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work.

We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities.

Join us in embracing diversity, equity and inclusion for every person in every community.

Thank you for your interest in an internship opportunity with United Way Worldwide. You will be contacted if your qualifications are a good match and you are selected for an interview.

●    Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.  This drives their performance and professional motivations.
●    Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
●    Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
●    Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
●    Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.