US Government Relations Internship

We are Habitat

Habitat for Humanity International is pursuing a highly motivated intern to support our U.S. policy and advocacy work by conducting communication, research, mobilization and analysis on local, state and federal legislative issues related to affordable housing and homeownership.

What will you build?

As a U.S. Government Relations Intern, you will have the opportunity to help Habitat affiliates across the nation build their capacity to engage in advocacy and policy change. You will work on a wide array of projects related to Habitat’s domestic policy work, possibly including covering coalition meetings, communicating with legislative offices, covering hearings on Capitol Hill, working with Habitat affiliates to help them engage in advocacy, tracking legislation, researching policy issues, and supporting Habitat affiliates on unique local housing issues. You will gain hands-on experience researching and analyzing legislation at all levels of government, and creating advocacy tools to support housing policy solutions.

*This position is based at our Government Relations and Advocacy office located in Washington, D.C.
*This position is 3-5 days/week, unpaid internship from January-May, with the option to stay on for longer.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Track and analyze trends in housing policy
  • Produce tools and resources to support policy priorities and build advocacy knowledge among Habitat affiliates
  • Provide technical assistance to Habitat affiliates on advocacy issues
  • Represent Habitat for Humanity at coalition meetings and policy events
  • Engage legislative offices about Habitat’s policy priorities
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Current Undergraduate or Graduate student
  • Exceptionally strong communications skills; must be able to easily communicate with Habitat affiliates across the country
  • Strong writing and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to take on individual projects as well as work in a team
  • Comfort with research and analysis
  • Great organizational skills and the ability to juggle varied tasks while meeting deadlines
  • Consistent attention to detail
  • Microsoft Office savvy
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advocacy or policy experience
  • Nonprofit experience
  • Enthusiasm for social justice
  • Interest in affordable housing issues
What’s in it for you?

This position will give you a chance to contribute to a top notch non-profit organization and develop advocacy specialties that will increase your professional growth. At the end of the internship, you will increase your knowledge about the affordable housing issues facing the country. You will gain experience in tracking and analyzing legislation in multiple states and learn the art of advocacy mobilization. You will also learn how to work in a professional environment, and have ample opportunity to work with policy experts in our office and the field. In addition to current projects in the office, your supervisor will work with you to develop a project that you can “own” and develop during the course of your internship. We invite you to join us in this journey to advocate for the urgent need for adequate, affordable shelter.
Washington, DC
District of Columbia
Job Type:
Un-Paid Internship
Employment Type:
US Internship
Job Function:
Advocacy, US Programs
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About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1976, is a global, Christian-based nonprofit organization that grew out of an intentionally multi-racial community in rural Georgia. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat brings together people of all faiths and people of no faith to build homes, communities and hope. Working alongside each other, we help families and individuals build and improve places to call home and achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Habitat seeks individuals who have a willingness to affirm these principles and values.


Habitat for Humanity International is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified personnel for all our positions in a manner that does not unlawfully discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran/reserve national guard status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.