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Legislative Intern – Paid
Posted:  December 3, 2020
Application Due:  January 8, 2021
Location:  Austin, TX

Title: Legislative Intern
Organization: Equality Texas Foundation/Equality Texas
Reports to: Senior Advisor to the CEO
Location: Austin, TX
Hours and Compensation: Hours are based on selected candidate’s availability. Ideally, applicants should be able to commit to at least 10 hours a week from January – June 2021 and hold a predetermined schedule to be agreed upon during onboarding. Interns will be paid $15/hr.

THE POSITION

Equality Texas is seeking a dynamic and proactive intern who is interested in learning the ins and outs of the Texas Legislature. If you are interested in a future in policy, advocacy and/or government we encourage you to apply. The Legislative Intern will help our advocacy team advance our multi-faceted public policy agenda during the 2021 Texas Legislative Session.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Legislative tracking and research; supporting Government Relations staff
  • Performing administrative support tasks, research, meeting prep, staff support
  • Facilitating visits, and assisting staff/visitors in scheduling and execution of visits
  • Assisting in setting up meetings
  • Entering data, note taking and turnout tracking
  • Other duties as assigned by Equality Texas Senior Advisor or Government Relations Department staff and/or other staff.

CANDIDATE SKILL PROFILE/REQUIREMENTS

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Demonstrated commitment to achieving full legal and lived equality for LGBTQ+ people in Texas
  • Strategic thinking with a focus on improving systems, using data to drive decision making, and an unwavering commitment to reaching goals
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Have general knowledge of the political, policymaking or legislative process
  • Be an experienced/confident/persuasive writer
  • Possess solid research, writing and analytical skills
  • Have a flexible spring schedule that will allow for some evening and weekend hours
  • Understanding of and strong comfort level with administrative office tasks
  • Strong attention to detail and prioritization skills in organizing activities, events, and one’s own work
  • Ability to communicate clearly, authentically, and respectfully through verbal and written means
  • Ability to thoroughly, and sometimes quickly, research policy issues and present findings to team members and other staff
  • Basic understanding of state government and the legislative process

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve understanding of the politics, policy, and government
  • Increase knowledge of political strategy
  • Understand power
  • Develop a deeper understanding of how advocacy impacts policy making
  • Strengthen knowledge of how best to develop relationships
  • Learn copy editing skills through drafting of blogs and press releases
  • Understand the culture of a nonprofit organization

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please email your resume and cover letter detailing how your experience prepares you to assume the responsibilities and expectations of the Legislative Intern role at Equality Texas to info@equalitytexas.org with subject line: EQTX Legislative Intern.

No applicant will be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

Equality Texas envisions a Texas where all LGBTQ+ people and their families have full equality in the hearts and minds of their fellow Texans and in all areas of the law. Headquartered in Austin, Equality Texas is dedicated to securing full legal and lived equality for LGBTQ+ Texans through political action, education, community organizing, and collaboration. With tens of thousands of members across the state, Equality Texas is the state’s leading state-wide organizing and advocacy organization for LGBTQ+ Texans.

Today’s Equality Texas is comprised of two connected nonprofit corporations:

  • Equality Texas Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides educational programming on LGBTQ+ issues and conducts campaigns to build public support for equal rights, and
  • Equality Texas, a 501(c)4 organization that conducts direct lobbying and advocacy efforts to advance pro-LGBTQ+ legislation and candidates and to defeat anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

Each organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors; these Boards have 33 members in total who represent a cross-section of LGBTQ community, business, and philanthropic leaders and allies. Equality Texas had combined (c)3 and (c)4 revenue of roughly $1.2 million in 2019.