Government Relations Intern (Summer 2018)

American Rivers

Washington, DC, US


The Government Relations intern will be responsible for a variety of projects relating to public lands and agricultural policy. Foremost among the intern’s responsibilities will be providing memoranda on Congressional hearings, federal rulemaking, and assorted conservation-related topics. The intern will become familiar with both Houses of Congress, agencies within the Executive Branch, and the competing policies of conservation.

In addition, the intern will occasionally sit-in on meetings between the Government Relations team and decision-makers in the legislative and executive branches. Other projects promoting American Rivers’ mission of protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature will be determined between the intern and Government Relations team.

The Government Relations intern will produce numerous memoranda on a variety of topics, and will be a necessary analytical component of the American Rivers Government Relations team. While there may not be a single work product produced, there will be numerous outcomes and experience-building assignments.

The intern will leave at the end of the internship with a solid grounding in conservation policies, their politics, a familiarity with Capitol Hill, and relevant Executive Branch agencies/offices.


  • Graduate/law student preferred, but outstanding undergraduate candidates will be considered
  • Ability to quickly absorb and synthesize information as well as be a self-starter with a thirst for knowledge
  • Comfortable with managing long-term and short-term assignments as well as coordinating with the legal and implementation teams at American Rivers
  • A familiarity with the conservation world and/or an enthusiasm for the outdoors is preferred


American Rivers’ summer 2018 internships will begin in late May or early June and will end in mid-August. This internship requires a commitment of at least 24 hours (3 days) per week. Internships are unpaid; however, a travel subsidy of $5 per day is available to help offset the costs of the intern’s commute. In addition to the travel subsidy, where available we will work with the intern to gain school credit.


Applications will be reviewed as they are received.  Applicants should use the online form to submit their application and resume. No phone calls please.