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Fall 2022 State and Local Advocacy Intern

The Advocacy & Policy department at USGBC provides community leaders and policymakers at every level of government with the tools, strategies, and resources they need to inspire action toward a sustainable built environment.

The State and Local Advocacy Intern will provide valuable assistance to the USGBC Advocacy team by helping to track state and local level policies relating to green building and energy-efficient construction, support events, summarize policy information to Advocacy staff, author blogs on developments relevant to USGBC and LEED, and develop materials relating to state and local policy and outreach.
The position is an unpaid part or full-time internship, minimum 20 hours/week. USGBC is happy to participate in school programs offering credits for internships including completing any required documentation and evaluations.

We are currently seeking applicants for Fall 2022 and anticipate hiring 2 individuals for this position.

To apply: Please email your resume and a letter of interest and cc:

Email subject line must include: Your last name, State & Local Advocacy Intern, semester applied for. 

Subject: Jones, State and Local Advocacy Intern, Fall 2022
Please indicate in your cover letter the preferred dates and number of hours per week.
Applications not meeting these requirements will not be considered.
The learning objectives of this internship include:
  • Understanding the benefits of green building and operations practices
  • Developing experience in non-profit workplace and sector
  • Enhanced understanding of legislative and regulatory process through tracking and analyzing policy development
  • Developing ability to clearly express concepts of sustainability and green building advocacy through research and writing projects, as well as outreach to advocates and stakeholders about advocacy and policy priorities
  • Understanding of how USGBC expands the market for LEED and green building at the state and local level through policy and advocacy
The intern will receive appropriate guidance and training and, with supervision, will take on responsibilities which may include:
  • Tracking bills and policies using data systems
  • Support advocacy projects through such tasks as analyzing proposed bills, developing letters or position papers, drafting fact sheets and other collateral, identifying decision makers and stakeholders, and participating in outreach to allies and stakeholders
  • Writing blogs/articles relevant to assignments
  • Conduct web-based and phone research to support collateral development, such as case studies
  • Assist in team-wide projects and events, such as policymaker and advocate outreach for Greenbuild, LEED Top Ten, etc.

  • Knowledge of how a bill becomes a law, with focus on the state and local levels
  • Previous work experience in team/office setting preferred
  • Experience in governmental affairs or operations preferred
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and software
  • Commitment to USGBC’s mission
  • Currently enrolled student or recent graduation from undergraduate or graduate program of study
  • Major or specialization in public policy, government, environmental studies, sustainability, building sciences, business, nonprofit management, public health, law, or relevant fields
  • Knowledge of LEED Green Building Rating System preferred