Government Relations and Public Policy Intern

Organizational Description: 
Headquartered in Boston, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. MMP has a rich history of catalytic involvement in the start-up and sustainability of quality mentoring programs, the execution of high-visibility mentor recruitment campaigns, and the attraction of increased public and private resources to the mentoring field. MMP currently has more than 300+ diverse programs in its network, which serve more than 50,000 youth in mentoring relationships. MMP is a small staff working in a high leverage environment, mobilizing resources on behalf of mentoring programs diverse in target populations, geography, scope and organization development. Its organizational culture is responsive to innovation, and rich with learning and opportunities for professional development.
Position Summary: 
The Government Relations and Public Policy Fellow will work with the Senior Manager of Government Relations to plan and successfully execute public policy and advocacy campaigns to benefit the youth mentoring field, and to track budget and policy activity on the federal, state and local level relevant to mentoring programs. Leveraging a background in policy analysis, the Government Relations and Public Policy Intern will conduct in depth research and analysis on current and proposed legislation impacting young people in the Commonwealth.
Position Requirements: 

Position Requirements:

 

Position Requirements:

  • Undergraduate or Graduate student studying Political Science, Public Policy, Law or related field
  • Experience in policy analysis and legislative research, and advocacy
  • Strong verbal communication and strong writing skills
  • Experience working and communicating effectively in a team environment with diverse staff, volunteers, and various stakeholders
  • Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented with the ability to manage multiple projects
  • Experience reading bill text and writing policy briefs
  • Commitment to MMP’s mission and the impact of positive adult role models and relationships, and to social justice causes
  • Ability to work and connect with diverse communities, people, and partners, and a commitment to promoting inclusion in all practices and efforts
  • Interest in youth development, mentoring or other relevant social causes preferred
  • Ability to dedicate 8-12 hours per week
Responsibilities: 
  • Policy Research and Support of Implementation
    • Draft brief reports and one-pagers and policy briefs on relevant policies
    • Research key policy areas around proven-risk  populations or system-involved youth to identify gaps in legislation and opportunities for advocacy
    • Research and analyze Massachusetts state policies and create section by section breakdowns of key legislation
    • Conduct policy analyses on existing related policies as well as proposed legislation impacting youth development
    • Support in the creation of an advocacy advisory council to inform and construct a policy agenda for the 2021-22 legislative session
  • State Line Item and Legislation Advocacy
    • Support the Government Affairs team as needed during critical times in the state budget process.
      • Provide support for planning advocacy portion of Youth Mentoring Day in January
      • Set up meetings with legislators and program representatives from corresponding districts
      • Make phone calls to legislators
      • Support in drafting emails to blast to networks
      • Assist in grassroots social media campaigns
      • Draft blog posts 
    • Support the Government Affairs team as needed during critical times in the legislative process
      • Create one-click politics campaigns to distribute to affiliates in our network
  • Youth Advocate and General Grassroots Recruitment
    • Support the Government Affairs team in recruitment of youth for meaningful advocacy opportunities and in collecting qualitative information from the field to inform our policy platform for the upcoming legislative session.
    • Aid in designing a curriculum for weekly meetings with the Youth Leadership Council which will be taught by a member of the programs team. Conduct research into successful youth advocacy and develop materials to educate young people on becoming involved in the legislative process
How to Apply: 

Next Steps:

Please email a resume and a cover letter. The cover letter must outline how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, and why you are interested in the policy internship. Please send all material to humanresources@massmentors.org, subject line “Government Relations and Public Policy Fellow”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For questions regarding the position, contact Sr. Manager of Government Relations Chelsea Aquino at caquino@massmentors.org.

Posted Date: 
Thursday, June 11, 2020