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United Way of America | Alexandria, VA
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United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. As the largest private nonprofit in the world, United Way's work effects over 1,500 communities around the globe. We specialize in forming community-led solutions to the world's toughest problems. This internship position takes place at the United Way headquarters where you will work with the top nonprofit professionals in the world. Learn more at unitedway.org.


Interns at United Way Worldwide gain valuable learning and working experience at a leading nonprofit organization. Our goal is to make every intern who works with us feel included, valuable, and productive. In addition to the hands-on experience you'll receive working at the largest nonprofit in the world, you will be provided with weekly professional development workshops. Other opportunities include mentorship pairing, cross-department projects, volunteer events, and more. If you have the drive to advance common good in communities across the world, then United Way Worldwide has the internship opportunity for you.

The internship opportunities are open to current students or recent graduates of a college program. The intern is expected to demonstrate a keen interest in nonprofits, as well as interest in a field of study related to the position.


The Public Policy and Advocacy Intern will be responsible for supporting the United Way Worldwide public policy team in advancing United Way's national policy priorities in the areas of health, education, financial stability and community strengthening. They will collaborate with the public policy team to support state and local United Ways in their federal advocacy efforts and support the team in communicating policy priorities to congressional members. The intern will have opportunities to participate in a range of projects including but not limited to in-person and digital trainings for the United Way network, development of issue-specific toolkits, and visits to Capitol Hill.


* Collaborate on updating and digitizing advocacy training materials and handbooks into an online learning platform.

* Assist the Public Policy Team with logistics and operations of annual advocacy training and Capitol Hill Day.

* Assist with the creation of materials to support local United Ways with civic engagement campaigns (Census 2020 and voter education).

* Support the working tax credits advocacy campaign including updating messaging materials and supporting public grassroots digital activations.

* Conduct analyses and research around the team's policy priorities specifically related to housing, education, and other issues as assigned.

* Assist with other projects as needed.


* Excellent written and verbal communication skills

* Strong research skills

* Organized and detail-oriented

* Quick-learner, with a can-do attitude

* Comfortable working daily with a computer to complete work

* Strong teamwork skills to see a project to completion

* Interest or coursework in public policy strongly preferred

* Experience using social media for advocacy campaigns or professional work including student organizations preferred but not required


* $100 semi-monthly travel stipend provided

* Weekly professional development workshops provided onsite

* Chance to meet and work with top nonprofit experts in the country

* Free coffee & tea onsite

* Free parking at United Way Worldwide's parking garage

* Near Blue/Yellow Metro line (Braddock Metro Station)


United Way Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available here: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please e-mail katherine.graham@uww.unitedway.org or call 703-836-7100, ext. 324 and provide the nature of your request and your contact information.


United Way Worldwide opposes discrimination of any form as evident in our Diversity and Inclusion Statement of Principle. For more information, read our statement and download the report. We take the broadest possible view of diversity.

We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are.

We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and progress our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.

We believe that each United Way community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to solving community problems.

We strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work.

We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities.

Join us in embracing diversity, equity and inclusion for every person in every community.


About United Way of America

Accordingly, United Way of America established new Standards of Excellence, a comprehensive description of aspirational benchmark standards and best practices that are designed to enhance the overall effectiveness of the 1,350 United Way affiliates. They reflect the organization's fundamental shift from its traditional role as a "pass through" fund raising organization to working with community leaders to identify and address long-term societal needs and improve people's lives. The release of the Standards of Excellence follows the implementation of new, stringent membership requirements for financial reporting and accountability. For United Ways across the nation, these standards reaffirmed the values of transparency, accountability and disclosure through compliance with our robust membership accountability requirements. However, over the last three years, there have been more than 50 United Ways that could not meet one or more of our stringent standards and have been disaffiliated. Today, the primary measure of the United Way's success is no longer the fundraising thermometer, but rather how well we deliver on our mission to make measurable improvements in communities nationwide. Local United Ways throughout America will offer an accounting of their operations against this key metric and we look to our investors, volunteers, partners and society as a whole to hold us to this higher standard. Brian A. Gallagher is president and chief executive officer of the United Way of America.