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Federal Policy Intern (Fall 2020)

Hispanic Federation Federal Policy Internship (FALL 2020)

Founded in 1990, the mission of Hispanic Federation (HF) is to empower and advance Hispanic and Latino communities. Hispanic Federation provides grants and services to a broad network of Latino non-profit agencies serving the most vulnerable members of our communities and advocates nationally on vital issues of education, health, immigration, civil rights, economic empowerment, civic engagement, and the environment. With offices in New York, Washington D.C., Connecticut, and Florida, North Carolina,  HF uplifts millions of Hispanic children, youth, and families locally and nationally through three essential service pillars: membership services/grant-making, advocacy, and community programs. For more information, please visit

Hispanic Federation’s D.C. office is responsible for federal policy advocacy that impacts our 100+ member organizations. Working alongside members of Congress and through national coalitions, Hispanic Federation’s role is to fight for fair policies and equity for our members and Hispanic and immigrant communities in general. The federal policy priority areas for the HF D.C. office include immigration, environment (climate change and public lands), rebuilding Puerto Rico, health, education, and civil rights. 

Hispanic Federation’s D.C. office is seeking an intern to join our federal policy team and learn more about the role of federal advocacy, policy, and politics. This internship is ideal for someone with a strong academic record, excellent writing, research, and organizational skills, and a strong interest in policy and politics in our nation’s capital. As part of a small team, the federal policy intern will provide direct administrative support to the Vice President of Federal Policy, and may have the opportunity to represent the organization at congressional briefings and events and gain substantial experience in policy research, analysis, advocacy, and politics. 

This internship opportunity is being offered as a hybrid virtual/in-person model with a preference for applicants who may be able to work from the Hispanic Federation office in downtown D.C. one day per week when the office re-opens (it is currently closed) 

Fall Internship Dates
The internship will begin the week of August 31, 2020, and end the week of December 4th, 2020 (flexibility depending on individual school schedules may be possible). 

  • Maintaining various Hispanic Federation databases and the website to synthesize and track advocacy activity
  • Provide administrative support for the D.C. office on various tasks and assignments including advocacy events and meetings
  • Attend policy briefings, coalition meetings and calls, and events on behalf of the Hispanic Federation D.C. office
  • Conduct outreach to congressional offices to coordinate meeting logistics
  • Conduct and synthesize research on federal policy proposals and political and legislative proceedings into easily accessible information to be used in fact sheets, internal and external policy briefings, social media, etc.
  • Write, edit, and review sections of reports, congressional letters, and other written materials produced by the D.C. office

Candidate Requirements: Current junior or senior undergraduate student enrolled in political science, international relations, environmental sciences, sociology, or related field, with:
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills
  • Strong interest in federal policy issues 
  • Ability to quickly get up to speed on policy-related issues
  • Strong commitment to the mission of Hispanic Federation is required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google platforms
  • Professional demeanor
  • Fluency in Spanish, including the ability to read, speak, and write is a plus
  • Fluency in social media platforms or using social media for advocacy also a plus

To Apply
  • Submit a resume, cover letter, and maximum 3-5 page writing sample on Handshake
  • Deadline to apply is August 15, 2020. 
  • NOTE: In order to be considered, cover letter MUST INCLUDE start and ending work dates, days and number of hours per week available (virtually and/or in-person) grade level at the time of internship, and GPA. Cover letters with incomplete information will not be considered.  
  • Slight preference will be given to applicants able to work at least one day per week in the DC office (if the office reopens). However, all applicants are welcome to apply.

  • Stipend provided based on experience
  • Minimum 20 hours/week but prefer 25 hours/week (additional hours may be possible) or more.