Policy & Advocacy Organizing Intern

Are you interested in legislative and policy objectives in rural Nebraska? Help advance our policy and advocacy work and do good for rural America.

The Center for Rural Affairs is a leading nonprofit organization with a national reputation for effective rural advocacy and policy work. We are seeking a full-time, temporary Policy & Advocacy Organizing Intern to advance our legislative and policy objectives in Nebraska.

This is an excellent opportunity to become part of a dynamic team committed to effecting change. The ideal candidate will possess strong writing and communications skills, organizing experience, and knowledge of agriculture, social justice, and clean energy issues. We invite applicants who have a familiarity with and knowledge of the legislative and political processes.

Title: Policy & Advocacy Organizing Intern
Hours: Full-time
Location: Center for Rural Affairs office in Lyons, Nebraska
Compensation: $12 to $15 per hour

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop knowledge of regional policy issues;
  • Engage rural communities in outreach efforts to advance policy objectives;
  • Identify and build relationships with rural leaders;
  • Author traditional, social, and digital media content;
  • Represent the organization at meetings, conferences, and events;
  • Focused research and analysis; and
  • Provide support to program staff in furtherance of policy objectives.


If these phrases describe you, we want you for our open position:

  • In possession of a strong work ethic and a habit of exceeding expectations;
  • Disciplined, accountable, and consensus builder;
  • Quick learner who is detail-oriented and produces high-quality work; and
  • Curious and excited to learn.

Additionally the right candidate must possess:

  • Flexibility (travel throughout Nebraska and the Midwest region will be necessary);
  • Understanding of political and legislative process;
  • Demonstrated ability to connect with people regardless of political or cultural background; and
  • Ability to think outside the box and see issues from different perspectives.  

The following are a plus, but not required:

  • Academic experience in a field such as political science, environmental science, communications, sociology, health, or public relations;
  • Demonstrated fluency with social and digital media; and
  • Excellent research and writing skills.

To Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and one short writing sample (one to three pages) to trishd@cfra.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Learn more about the Center for Rural Affairs here.

The Center for Rural Affairs is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

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