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Internships: Two Openings at Americans for Safe Access

Submitted by dguard on (Issue #512)
Drug War Issues
Politics & Advocacy

Americans for Safe Access is hiring interns for its Washington and Oakland offices:

Washington, DC:

As part of ASA's Graduate & Undergraduate Government Affairs Internship Program, interns will work closely with ASA's Director of Government Affairs to research policy issues, facilitate grassroots outreach and assist with administrative work. Internships are unpaid, but ASA staff will work to ensure academic credit is received, if applicable.

Responsibilities will vary but in general include administrative support to the Government Affairs staff; researching and reviewing medical cannabis policy topics; drafting of memos, advocacy materials and letters to federal policy makers; and, attending hearings, briefings and various meetings where appropriate.

Qualifications include a demonstrated willingness to undertake unfamiliar initiatives with enthusiasm and creativity; an informed knowledge about the issues facing medical cannabis patients and their providers; a sense of humor; excellent research, communication and organizational skills; the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously while working independently or as a team; and some basic understanding of the federal legislative process. Some prior campaign experience preferred but not necessary.

Interns are expected to work in between 15-30 hours per week. The minimum duration of an internship is 8 weeks. To apply, please fax or e-mail a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample (no more than 5 pages) to [email protected].

Oakland, CA:

Grassroots Intern for Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group

ASA is currently seeking an undergraduate intern to work closely with their Field Coordinator to research policy issues, facilitate grassroots outreach and assist with administrative work.

Responsibilities include researching city and county medical marijuana regulations as well as opportunities for local activists to question candidates about medical marijuana; compiling content for medical marijuana websites reaching out to condition-based communities (HIV/AIDS, cancer, seniors, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain); accompanying the Field Coordinator on trips to local chapter meetings; staffing ASA's outreach table at local conferences and events; and assisting the Field Coordinator with maintaining contact with ASA's grassroots leaders, assembling mailings and other administrative work

Qualifications include commitment to the mission and goals of Americans for Safe Access; computer literacy; being comfortable with acquiring new skills; strong written and oral communication skills; a sense of humor, high ethical professional standards, and a multi-cultural perspective; working well in a team environment; and dedication to working closely and cooperatively in a community-based organization with diverse staff, volunteers, and community members.

The internship is an unpaid experience, but ASA staff will work to ensure academic credit is received, if applicable. Interns are expected to work between 15-20 hours per week. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

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