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Job Description

Title: Legislative Affairs Intern

Type: Summer Internship (May 29, 2019 through August 28, 2019)

Supervisor: Policy Coordinator

Location: Washington, DC

Last Day to Apply: Applications will be reviewed immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Drug Policy Alliance

The Drug Policy Alliance is the leading organization in the U.S. promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. We envision a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health, and human rights; in which people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies but only for crimes against others; and in which the fears, prejudices, and punitive prohibitions of today are no more. Our mission is to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug misuse and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies.

While we address the wide range of social, political, and economic issues touched by the war on drugs, nearly all of our efforts fall under three substantive issue areas: ending the criminalization of people who use, possess, or sell small amounts of drugs; replacing marijuana prohibition with a sensible system of regulation and taxation; and ensuring access to effective, evidence-based health interventions for people struggling with problems related to drug misuse. We approach this work with an emphasis on racial justice and supporting the communities most devastated by the war on drugs.

Over the last 15 years, DPA has expanded from its New York headquarters to a total of eight offices, 80 plus staff, an annual operating budget of approximately $17 million, 25,000 dues-paying members and more than 300,000 online subscribers. It has a solid track record of success at the local, state, and federal levels and consistent visibility in prominent media and policy circles. For more information, please visit our website at www.drugpolicy.org.

The Position

DPA's Office of National Affairs (ONA) seeks a Legislative Affairs Intern for the Spring 2018 semester. Applicants should either be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, or have received their degree within one year of the start date of the applicable internship semester. Interns will work closely with staff to research policy issues, develop issue briefs, analyze federal legislation and assist with administrative work. Interns and their supervisor will work together to create a regular work schedule with a minimum of 24 hours per week. Interns are encouraged to work more than 24 hours per week if they are willing and able, and many interns opt to do so. We will be happy to work with students to obtain credit towards coursework.

Primary Responsibilities

* Conducting policy research on a variety of topics and issues
* Writing memos, briefs, summaries and letters on the basis of in-office research
* Conducting research for policy development purposes
* Editing and proofreading
* Lobbying activities
* Some administrative tasks (e.g. running errands, photocopying, assembling packets, answering the general phone line during peak times)
* Other general, unspecified support for ONA staff


The ideal candidate will have:

* Strong research, writing, and communication skills
* Effective problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to multi-task without constant supervision
* Desire and ability to work in a self-starter organization
* Interest in drug policy reform
* Prior experience in policy research and administrative affairs is preferred but not required


This internship is unpaid; local commuter benefit may be available.


Applications will be reviewed immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application Process

Please submit your application with a cover letter, resume, contact information for at least two professional references and brief (2-4 page) writing sample (applicable to drug policy reform when possible).

No phone calls, please. We will only contact candidates who are under consideration.

The Drug Policy Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation, or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in hiring people who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs.

About Drug Policy Alliance

Drug Policy Alliance is the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs and promote new drug policies based on common sense, science, public health and human rights. The Alliance, headquartered in New York City, has offices in Sacramento, Oakland, San Francisco, Washington, DC and Santa Fe, New Mexico.