The Internship Program at Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) provides students the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in nonprofit government relations and to 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 with special projects, including the development of educational materials for the public.
Terms of Program
Internships require 10-20 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 State Capitol. 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.
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, and religious freedom. 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.
Skills & Qualifications
CAP is looking for students who have a passion for family policy issues, are 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.
- 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 60 wpm or higher.
- Have strong written and oral skills.
- Have access to transportation.