Interning with CAP provides students with real-life experience working in public policy. See the description below and email us at intern@azpolicy.org with any questions.

Program Goal – The Internship Program at Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) provides students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in nonprofit government relations and participate in the daily operations of a policy organization. Students will work closely with the policy team to become familiar with the intricacies of the Arizona legislative process and the philosophy behind and methodology of implementing pro-family public policies. During the non-legislative time of year, interns will work with the policy and communications teams to develop educational materials for the public.

Terms of the Program – Internships require 20-30 hours each week and typically last four to five months. Daytime availability is a must. Because of the hands-on nature of the internship during the legislative session (typically January-May each year), projects will be split between the CAP office in Phoenix and the Arizona Capitol Complex. At other times of the year, the intern may attend hearings downtown and will need access to transportation.

College credit is available, but the intern is responsible for making the appropriate arrangement with his or her college. Internships do not include compensation.

Internship Duties – The intern works primarily in the policy, communications, and research divisions of Center for Arizona Policy. During the legislative session, the intern will monitor bills as they move through the legislative process, attend committee hearings, assist with policy-related projects, and complete research projects as assigned.

Interns will also be responsible for monitoring local and national media for coverage on CAP’s issues of life, marriage and family, religious liberty, and judicial reform. This will include monitoring activity on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, the intern will assist with various administrative tasks in other areas of the organization.

Essential Skills and Qualifications – CAP is looking for students who have a passion for family policy issues, is able to thrive in a fast-paced work environment, and possess a do-what-it-takes attitude. Self-determination, creativity, and resourcefulness are highly valued at CAP.

Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in college either at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Exhibit a basic understanding of the legislative process.
  • Exhibit computer competency in Excel, Word, Outlook, and web-based research.
  • Have typing speed of 50 wpm or higher.
  • Have strong written and oral skills.
  • Have access to transportation.

To apply, email your resume, a writing sample, a college transcript, and the name, position and contact information for two references to intern@azpolicy.org and put “Intern Application” in the subject line.

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