Policy Intern Application

Title: Policy Intern
Supervisor: Assistant Director of Federal Relations
Department: Policy and Federal Relations
Classification: Temporary, Full-time Intern
Internship Timing: mid- to late May to early August (negotiable, approximately 3 months)
Location of Job: Washington, D.C.
Compensation: This is a non-exempt, hourly, paid internship position.

Position Summary

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) was established in 1966 and supports the financial aid profession, advocates for public policies and programs that increase student access to and success in postsecondary education, and serves as a forum for communication and collaboration on student financial aid issues. The Association seeks to hire an intern with skills and interests in public policy to assist the Policy and Federal Relations staff with their duties related to advocacy, policy, and research. The person selected will operate in a fast-paced environment and will manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

The intern will work closely with and support all members of the Policy and Federal Relations staff and will:

  • Assist in the development of advocacy materials, including letters to Congress, position statements, and grassroots initiative communications
  • Attend and summarize legislative hearings and events, coalition meetings, internal meetings, and other external events
  • Assist in the planning and organization of a student aid orientation for congressional staff
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data to inform policy, development, and advocacy
  • Interact and engage with NASFAA members at the 2020 NASFAA National Conference in Las Vegas, NV
  • Analyze, interpret, and write about current and pending legislation and/or regulations
  • Write a weekly blog post summarizing the week's activities
  • Complete other tasks as necessary

Qualifications/Skills & Knowledge Requirements

  • We welcome applicants who are undergraduate or master's level students (current or recently graduated) or students who are currently enrolled in law school. Those students studying in fields related to higher education, public policy, political science, and history may benefit most from this internship.
  • Desire to pursue a career in higher education or public policy
  • Excellent - and proven - research, writing and organizational skills required
  • General understanding of federal legislative processes required
  • Experience managing multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Coursework or experience in education policy and related issues of access and equity desired

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM ET on Friday, February 28, 2020, to be considered. This is a paid internship. Bi-weekly pay will occur upon start and until completion of the 12-week period. NASFAA will also provide limited reimbursements for pre-approved expenses associated with execution of job duties, in accordance with the Association's travel policy. Interns are responsible for securing their own housing.

Interested applicants should complete the form below and upload a resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample. Questions regarding this internship and/or the application can be directed to policy@nasfaa.org.


At NASFAA, we strive to attract and retain a diverse and talented workforce that will contribute to the Association's goals, mission and vision. It is NASFAA's policy not to discriminate against any applicant for employment because he or she is an individual with a disability or has veteran status. NASFAA will provide reasonable accommodations to employees whose ability to perform their job is affected by pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions. NASFAA is an equal opportunity employer.

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