Public Policy Student Internship

TITLE OF POSITION: Student Internship Fall 2017 – Unpaid
ORGANIZATION: Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
DEPARTMENT: Public Policy & Government Relations
CONTACT: Tiffany Friend, Department Coordinator, friend@kcchamber.com
                                                                             
INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW:
The Public Policy division of The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is seeking self-motivated interns to assist in its legislative, government, and community relations projects during the fall of 2017. This internship includes both independent work and opportunities for collaborative projects and high visibility interactions with business, community, and elected leaders. Our interns are an integral part of the KC Chamber, and we value candidates who are driven to succeed and interested in community leadership. College credit is a requirement.
 
Internship duties will vary but may include the following:
  • Event preparation and attendance, including interaction with business leaders and elected officials
  • Special projects that would be excellent for a resume and portfolio
  • Interactions with small businesses, large corporations, policy makers, and government officials at all levels
  • Issue, policy and community research for reporting
  • Database management
  • Website content monitoring and preparation
  • Materials preparation (including possible opportunities for copywriting, design and photography)
DESIRED SKILLS:
Candidates must be self-directed, good communicators, and able to manage multiple responsibilities and deadlines. Students must be organized and proficient at Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Journalism, business, English, and political science majors are encouraged to apply. This is a great opportunity for students to see how the business community operates, engage in policy issues and advocacy, and observe interactions and decision-making among community and business leaders.
 
INTERNSHIP DATES AND HOURS:
The Chamber would like interns to work from the middle of August to December. Hours and daily schedules are flexible and range from 3 to 5 days per week. No fewer than 24 hours a week (the equivalent of 3 full days).
 
REQUIREMENTS:
Please send a current resume to the contact information listed above. Please also make mention of first available start date, days and hours of availability. Samples of work and written communication may be requested.
 
ABOUT THE CHAMBER:
The Chamber is the Kansas City region’s largest business advocacy organization, which serves a 13-county area with an approximate MSA of over 2 million. Its membership base consists of over 2200 member companies on both sides of the Missouri/Kansas state line. Primary areas of work fall under: Connecting businesses with opportunities for growth, public policy initiatives and advocacy that impact the business community; providing resources for small and diverse businesses; and working with other organizations to improve the business the business climate for the greater Kansas City area.