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Company/Organization: Center for Rural Affairs


The Center for Rural Affairs is a leading nonprofit organization with a national reputation for progressive rural advocacy and policy work. We are seeking a full-time temporary Policy & Advocacy Organizing Intern to advance our clean energy and conservation objectives in Iowa and beyond.

This is an excellent opportunity to become part of a dynamic team committed to effecting change. The ideal candidate will be a recent college graduate with strong writing and communications skills, organizing experience, and knowledge of agriculture, conservation, and clean energy issues. We invite applicants that have a familiarity with and knowledge of leading farm and rural organizations throughout the state and region.

Title: Policy & Advocacy Organizing Intern
Hours: Full Time
Location: Center for Rural Affairs Iowa Office, 248 1st Ave. E. Dyersville, IA
Compensation: $12-$15 per hr
Start Date: February 1, 2016

Job Responsibilities

- Develop knowledge of agriculture, conservation, and clean energy issues
- Engage rural communities in outreach efforts to advance conservation and clean energy objectives
- Identify and build relationships with rural leaders
- Author traditional, social, and digital media content
- Represent the organization at meetings, conferences, and events
- Collaborate with and participate in coordinated campaigns with partner organizations
- Provide support to program staff in furtherance of policy objectives


If these phrases describe you, we want you for our open position:
- Curious and excited to learn;
- Disciplined, accountable, and consensus builder;
- Quick learner who is detail-oriented and produces high-quality work;
- In possession of a strong work ethic and a habit of exceeding expectations.

Additionally the right candidate must possess:
- Flexibility (travel throughout Iowa and the Upper Midwest region will be necessary);
- Familiar with and understanding of rural communities;
- Demonstrated ability to connect with people regardless of political or cultural background;
- 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, or public relations.
- Demonstrated fluency with social and digital media.
- Political campaign experience.

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Learn more about the Center for Rural Affairs at cfra.org.
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