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Legislative Analyst Intern


Position Available: Legislative Analyst Intern

Reports to: Florida Advocacy Director

Category: Internship, 4 months, part-time, 10-15 hours/week, paid

Location: Tallahassee, Florida

Organization Summary

The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose vision is to build an education system that maximizes each and every student’s potential for learning and prepares all students for success in the 21st century. Launched by former Governor Jeb Bush in 2008, ExcelinEd’s unique contribution is working with decision makers on developing and implementing reform policies. We are a hands-on, how-to organization that provides model legislation, rule-making expertise, implementation strategies, and public outreach. Our staff has years of experience working with state and local governments, legislative bodies, in the classroom and with the media.

Internship Summary

ExcelinEd’s Legislative Analyst Intern will serve a member of the Advocacy Division’s Florida team and will support the organization’s 2018 legislative agenda in Florida. The intern will be managed by the Florida Advocacy Director and will regularly meet with National Advocacy Director.

In addition to day-to-day tasks that provide assistance to the Florida advocacy team, the intern will have a set of planned deliverables due at the end of the internship that will support the work streams of the CEO, Vice President, National Director, Florida Policy Director and Communications team. The internship provides an opportunity to meet senior leaders of the organization, build professional networks and build presentational and persuasive abilities through a presentation at the end of the internship.

Examples of Activities

  • Monitoring, tracking and analyzing legislation related to education reform and ExcelinEd’s priorities.
  • Monitoring, tracking and analyzing legislative meetings and actions concerning the organization’s legislative agenda or policy priorities.
  • Monitoring, tracking and analyzing state board of education meetings, rulemaking and actions concerning the organization’s policy priorities.
  • Conducting literature reviews and policy scans on educational reform policy.
  • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative data to inform policy analysis, development and advocacy.
  • Assisting the communications team by supplying facts and data and writing and editing communications pieces for policy information and accuracy.
  • Developing policy products—such as briefings, talking points and PowerPoint decks—for multiple audiences, including lawmakers and advocacy partners.
  • Assisting in the preparation of briefing documents for senior staff.
  • Responding to email questions and comments from policymakers, aides, stakeholders and more.
  • Serving as a liaison between internal divisions.
  • At the direction of the Vice President or National Director of Advocacy, other duties assigned.

Qualification/Skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work within tight deadlines and prioritize work as necessary.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to collaborate and work well with others at all seniority levels.
  • A general understanding of Florida’s legislative process.

Requirements

  • Undergraduate junior or senior (as of Fall 2018) enrolled in a degree program in education policy, public policy, public administration, law or related field preferred.
  • Must be able to work in Tallahassee, FL.

To Apply:

Please submit your resume to cari@excelined.org. You will be contacted if selected for further consideration.