The Ferguson Group (TFG) is a bipartisan government relations consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC, that represents the largest number of local governments of any firm in Washington, DC. We are searching for motivated intern candidates that are interested in a rewarding 3-month long position as a Government Affairs Intern this summer. Your work will be integral to ensuring that the team meets its goals of obtaining critical funding and policy changes for communities across the country.
TFG works with clients to develop and advance improvements to policy, legislation, and regulations, as well as to secure federal funding, grants, and authorizations for critical projects. Understanding how these processes work will make you a valuable asset in any career related to the federal government, especially careers on Capitol Hill, the White House, or federal agencies.
Interns will have the rare opportunity to learn not only about government affairs and advocacy, but also the federal funding process, including appropriations and federal grants. You will have the chance to work directly alongside TFG partners and staff with decades of experience in public service and government relations who are working to make a direct and meaningful impact in communities across the country. You will see all sides of the federal funding process, from identifying funding opportunities to advocating for federal funding to securing federal funding!
Your contributions are critical to helping us achieve objectives like protecting waterways and endangered species; addressing various environmental issues; rejuvenating neglected industrial areas into sustainable, vibrant economic communities; developing economic development plans for blighted cities; aiding communities with disaster response and recovery; providing needed transportation infrastructure; and helping mitigate lead paint hazards to young children. TFG values its interns and strives to provide a unique and productive experience.
Internship Objective: To directly contribute to the overall success of the firm’s advocacy efforts.
· Assist lobbyists and staff on short-term to medium-length projects.
· Research and track federal legislation.
· Research federal funding opportunities for municipal and nonprofit clients.
· Help determine which federal funding opportunities will best meet the needs of specific client projects.
· Search previous and current appropriations bills for critical information.
· Attend congressional and industry hearings and briefings.
· Attend advocacy meetings with Capitol Hill and federal agencies.
· Write report, summaries, and memorandums on federal funding opportunities or legislation of interest to specific communities or local governments generally.
· Stay informed on current legislative affairs and daily news events.
· Bring their own unique expertise and background to the position.
Education: Preferred candidates will be working towards, or have earned, an MA/MS or BA/BS in political science, public policy, economics, engineering, data analytics, environmental sciences, urban planning, or related disciplines. We prefer applicants able to intern forty hours per week. Compensation is at an hourly rate of $15.00 per hour. Individuals with master’s degrees in these disciplines with strong writing skills and related experience are preferred. Candidates with bachelor’s degrees in the same disciplines will be considered if the candidate has at least two years of relevant research experience and excellent writing skills.
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
· Proficient in researching, interpreting, and analyzing diverse data.
· Ability to work collaboratively and independently to achieve stated goals.
· Highly organized, able to solve problems, able to work effectively under pressure.
· Ability to use independent judgment effectively.
· Ability to produce a quality work product within tight time constraints.
· Proficiency in Microsoft suite programs, Adobe, and internet applications is necessary.
We require a policy-related writing sample from all applicants (maximum 2 pages).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate our summer 2021 internship to be virtual. As a result, the intern will be expected to work from home, not TFG offices.
Duration: Late May to late August. Start and end dates for students are flexible to accommodate school schedules.