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Legislative Assistant Intern

Union of Concerned Scientists
Northwest Washington, District of Columbia, 20005, United States
November 07, 2018


Legislative Assistant Internship

Center for Science and Democracy

Union of Concerned Scientists

Washington, DC

The Position

Without scientific data and objective evidence as guides, federal policymakers are left to make decisions based on special interests and their own agendas. Would you like to help promote (and restore) the role of science in federal decisionmaking and help squash bad policies that ignore the established science on issues that affect us? The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is seeking an exceptional individual to join the government affairs team for the Center for Science and Democracy (CSD). Working directly with CSD’s Senior Washington Representative and Legislative Associate, the ideal candidate for this legislative assistant internship will help support work on regulatory reform, chemical safety, scientific integrity, and more issue areas. We’re looking for someone who will want to learn more about public interest advocacy and be excited to help with monitoring congressional activity, representing UCS at coalition meetings, analyzing legislation and policy proposals, and attending hearings and briefings on Capitol Hill, among other activities.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit working to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. Our scientists and engineers develop and implement innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems from combating global warming and developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves, to fighting misinformation, advancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war.

The Center for Science and Democracy (CSD) at UCS works to ensure that public policies are informed by science and evidence. We champion the role of science in decision-making and weigh in on issues ranging from scientific integrity to species conservation to chemical safety.


• Identify, track, and report on policy proposals moving through Congress by monitoring daily print media, blogs, and social media

• Represent UCS at coalition meetings, hearings, briefings, and more

• Assist in preparation for relevant committee meetings and hearings

• Help draft, and fact check communications to the Hill, advocacy materials, background memos, and more

• Conduct policy analysis and research to help inform advocacy efforts

• Assist with setting up meetings on the Hill, coalition meetings, and any Hill events

• Work with the CSD outreach team to help cultivate and engage networks of UCS supporters, including scientists and experts

• Prepare background information about members of key House and Senate committees

• Help with UCS activities on oversight of federal agencies

Qualifications and Experience

• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.

• Ability to work quickly and efficiently in a fast-paced environment and a positive, team-oriented attitude

• Strong web research skills preferred

• Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, major social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook), and Bloomberg Government

• Knowledge or willingness to learn about incorporating social and environmental justice and racial equity into the work of the Center.

• A basic understanding of the legislative process preferred

• Strong organizing skills highly desirable

• Interest in and/or experience working on public interest advocacy campaigns and science policy issues is a plus

This job entails extended periods at a computer. Some late hours may be required in connection with events or critical deadlines. Little or no exertion. May occasionally lift and carry boxes of supplies or publications. No travel.

At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, six-month position based in UCS’s Washington, D.C. office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is $34,320. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at A listing of all open jobs is available at

To Apply: Please upload a resume, one short writing sample (2 pages max), and a cover letter. Please include how you learned about the position and salary requirements in the cover letter. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.

Deadline: December 8th or until filled.