Center for Rural Affairs

Policy and Organizng Intern

Job Summary


Center for Rural Affairs






Full Time





Close Date:







Lyons, NE

Address To:

Johnathan Hladik


Though the Center for Rural Affairs has been working for rural America since 1973, our energy program is brand new. We need you to help shape the direction we take and the work we do. Join one of the most influential rural policy organizations in America as we create and promote policies that move our nation away from fossil fuel dependency and toward a brighter, cleaner, and safer future.


We are looking for a policy and organizing intern to provide support for our climate advocacy and renewable energy policy development efforts. Basic tasks will include research, outreach education and media development. This position allows you to gain invaluable experience as you work closely with our senior staff as well as numerous state, regional, and national nonprofit advocacy organizations. This is an ideal opportunity to boost your resume with meaningful work as you shape your career and help us shape our work. Long-term, permanent employment may be available to the right candidate.


  • Organizing: host and arrange community meetings; draft and send paper and email alerts; identify and engage grassroots supporters; attend meetings and conference calls with other organizations and agencies; create and distribute advocacy materials; attend public meetings and legislative hearings; build relationships with governmental officials and community leaders
  • Outreach: author outreach and education materials; identify opportunities to attend conferences and give presentations; author news articles, newsletter items; give interviews
  • Database: website development and maintenance; design, create, edit, and update web content


  • Interest in energy policy, environmental issues, and current events; interest in local level sustainability policies; passion for clean energy and addressing climate change
  • Strong writing and verbal communications skills; motivated and able to manage multiple assignments and solve problems; able to work in a team and independently, a fast learner
  • Experience organizing and community outreach preferred; Experience researching legislation, policy, and regulatory law preferred; familiarity with web editing and web design preferred


We're willing to work with any candidate who might be strong in some of the listed areas, but lacking in others. To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, writing sample, two references and an example of your web content management ability, if applicable, to

This is a paid, 18 week internship with potential for extension. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applicants should be seeking or in possession of a bachelors or masters degree in a related field.