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Intern, Public Policy and Advocacy

Alexandria, VA

Relocation expenses: Not paid


Published on 16 Oct 2020

Expires on 13 Nov 2020

Intern, Public Policy and Advocacy


You believe in a culture of inclusive excellence and value the differences that make us each unique. You are professional and kind; curious and passionate about your work and studies; seek a stimulating and rewarding internship; and, sincere in your desire to help others. Join our internship program and gain valuable learning and working experience at a leading nonprofit organization.



United Way brings people, organizations, and communities together around a common cause, a common vision, and a common path forward. In many communities, we're the only nonprofit building up the cornerstones of education, financial stability and health—and the only nonprofit bringing people together from all walks of life to be a part of local solutions. We're engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories, where people are powering big ideas and big action by donating, volunteering and speaking out through United Way.

United Way Worldwide is located in Old Town Alexandria, VA. Our culture is People First—we take it seriously and, because of that, we take good care of people. We encourage growth and upward mobility—and want you to succeed in a diverse, inclusive, and ethical workplace. Take action, join our Internship—apply now.



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 feel included, valuable, and productive. In addition to the hands-on experience you’ll receive working at the largest nonprofit in the world, you will be provided with weekly professional development workshops.



The internship opportunities are open to current students of a college program, or within 2 years of graduating. Applicants must be authorized to work within the United States and have all required documentation proving their authorization at the time of their application.



The Public Policy and Advocacy Intern will be responsible for supporting the United Way Worldwide public policy team in advancing United Way’s national policy priorities in the areas of health, education, financial stability and community strengthening. They will collaborate with the public policy team to support state and local United Ways in their federal advocacy efforts and support the team in communicating policy priorities to congressional members. The intern will have opportunities to participate in a range of projects including but not limited to virtual trainings for the United Way network, development of issue-specific toolkits, and virtual meetings with members of Congress.



  • Assist with the implementation and evaluation of virtual “First 100 Days” campaign connecting United Way’s policy priorities with the start of a new Congress
  • Lead project to update legislative mapping of 1,100 United Ways in the U.S. to the congressional districts for the 117th Congress
  • Assist the Public Policy Team with planning and logistics of virtual advocacy training and Capitol Hill Day
  • Support the working tax credits, Medicaid, and SNAP advocacy campaign including updating messaging materials and supporting public grassroots digital activations
  • Conduct analyses and research around the team’s COVID relief and recovery policy priorities specifically related to housing, education, and other issues as assigned
  • Assist with other projects as needed



  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Quick learner, with a can-do attitude
  • Comfortable working daily with a computer to complete work
  • Strong teamwork skills to see a project to completion
  • Interest or coursework in public policy strongly preferred



  • Experience using social media for advocacy campaigns or professional work including student organizations



  • Weekly professional development workshops provided onsite
  • Chance to meet and work with top nonprofit experts in the country
  • Completely remote internship experience



This internship takes place 100% remote for the Spring 2021 semester.



Spring 2021 Internships will take place from January 18 – April 16.



United Way Worldwide seeks diverse, qualified professionals who want to make a difference in the world. We are an equal opportunity employer and recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, marital status, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, and other legally protected characteristics, in accordance with applicable laws. The EEO is the Law poster is available here: If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please e-mail or call 703-683-7860 and provide the nature of your request and your contact information.

We are a charter member of Employers of National Service and encourage AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni to apply.



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.