Federal Relations Summer Intern

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  • Job Number:523631
  • Classification:Temporary Service
  • Grade:Temporary Staff Grade 75
  • Work type:Temporary
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Statewide
  • School/Business unit:SW Government Relations
  • Location:Fairbanks, Washington DC
  • Categories: Law/Enforcement/Compliance, Other

Position Summary:

UA Federal Relations seeks an intern for a 10-week summer 2023 internship. Current students within the University of Alaska system with an interest in government relations or federal policy are encouraged to apply. Flights to and from Washington, D.C., and housing in D.C. will be provided by the University. This is a paid internship at $17.00/hr.


100● The intern will work under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Federal Relation to assist the office of federal relations in daily duties working to advance the federal priorities of the University of Alaska System ● Supports federal relations activities through assigned duties, including research, public policy projects and communications ● Assists staff with legislative and regulatory issues ● Attends and/or monitor legislative hearings ● Attends meetings with University officials, higher education associations, and on Capitol Hill ● Monitors grant opportunities that may be of interest to the University of Alaska System ● Researches policy impacts of legislation on the University System ● Assists in tracking appropriations requests ● Greets visitors to the office ● Answers the front desk phone ● Attends Alaska State Society events/ other relevant eventsEssential

The undergraduate student would be integrated into the UA federal relations team in Washington, D.C., performing duties to assist in advocating for UA’s federal priorities to the Alaska Delegation among others. The intern will gain an understanding of how the federal relations team operates and how federal relations benefits the UA System and will be exposed to the workings of Congress and the Alaska Delegation. The intern will have flexibility to explore their areas of interest in federal policy.

Report to the Assistant Director of Federal Relations with support from the Director of Federal Relations. The Assistant Director will be the daily point of contact for the intern, as well as assign duties and projects throughout the internship. Instruction materials and housing options will be provided to the intern well in advance of arriving in DC.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: ● Excellent written and oral communication skills
● Ability to follow detailed instructions and meet deadlines
● Ability to work independently and as a team
● Detail-oriented and organized
Required Education or Training:

Current student enrolled at one of the three Universities within the University of Alaska System with an interest in government relations or federal policy

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, 10-week, non-exempt position. Hourly rate $17.00/hr

Washington Intern Student Housing and roundtrip flight to Washington, D.C. costs will be paid for by the hiring department.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a cover letter explaining interest in the internship, a resume with PGA listed, and two (2) letters of recommendation.

Applications will be accepted for review on February 20, 2023. To ensure consideration, please apply by 11:55 PM, Alaska Standard Time on 02/19/2023.

Academic Internship Credit:

The intern is responsible for requesting credit for this internship through their department. Should their program require an affiliate agreement or internship contract, the Assistant Director of Federal Relations will be the point of contact as the intern coordinator and will work with the intern to create a proposed plan that satisfies the requirements set out by the intern’s department.

All university employees are strongly encouraged to vaccinate themselves against the COVID-19 virus. While the federal government is not actively enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including its mandate requiring vaccination of federal contractor employees, UAF remains contractually obligated as a federal contractor to comply with those requirements should federal enforcement efforts recommence. As a result, UAF may adjust its vaccination requirements for covered UAF employees (currently Troth Yeddha’ campus and employees working in connection with certain federal contracts) at any time in the future, as needed, in order to comply with its contractual obligations.

If you choose to submit proof of vaccination or request an exemption at this time, please refer to the following directions on our COVID-19 info website:

For questions about any of the above, please contact UA Human resources at ua-hr@alaska.edu.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Cassidy Hobbes, Assistant Director of Federal Relations, at chobbs6@alaska.edu or 907-229-2432.


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