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30LAAW Bulletin – May 10, 2009

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      LAAW Bulletin – May 10, 2009


      1. Happy Mother's Day
      2. Save the Date - PASOS 2009
      3. Job Announcements
      4. Fellowship/Internship Announcements


      1. On behalf of LAAW, happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there!


      2. Save the Date - PASOS 2009

      When: May 22nd, 2009 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Where: Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

      This warm and unique graduation ceremony is exclusively for all our graduating Latino law students and their families. Come experience a memorable event. Sponsorships and individual contributions are welcome. More information to follow.


      3. Job Announcements

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      Legislative Aide - Conservative Southern Armed Services Committee member seeks highly motivated individual with exceptional writing, customer service, organizational and computer skills. Responsibilities include assisting Legislative Director on defense-related issues and committee work, research projects, writing newsletters, speeches, and constituent mail. Applicants should be goal oriented and team focused. Hill experience preferred and prior military service is a plus. Please send your resume and cover letter to 202-225-3414.

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      Senior Legislative Assistant - Exceptional opportunity to work for a Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee. Congressman Zach Wamp (R-TN) is seeking a Senior Legislative Assistant to handle appropriations committee work, as well as a number of legislative issues. Knowledge of the appropriations process and minimum of 2 years experience working for an Appropriations Committee office is a must. Premium pay for extensive experience and a firm commitment to stay through the current session of Congress. Candidate must be a hard worker, manage a large workload, have good communication skills and perform well under tight deadlines. Interested applicants should email résumé and cover letter mj.chapman@.... NO CALLS! Tennessee ties are a plus.

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      A legislative assistant position is now open in the office of a senior and active progressive Democrat (Rep. George Miller [D-CA]). Qualified candidates will have at least two years of experience as a legislative assistant in the House or Senate or in a comparable position off of the Hill, will have strong research and written and oral communication skills, and will have direct experience with at least some of the following policy areas: transportation, the economy and the recession, foreign and military affairs, appropriations, Social Security, and taxes. Ability to work individually and as part of a team, attention to detail, and knowledge of the legislative process are required. Previous political or activist experience and creative use of computers/new media will be considered. People who meet these qualifications and who are looking to work hard in a team setting for common goals and good causes should apply. Please email cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and references to Applicationsca07@.... No phone calls or faxes please.


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      SENIOR LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT — Senior Democratic member of the House Science and Technology Committee seeks an energetic and proactive senior legislative assistant to manage committee responsibilities and a broad portfolio of other legislative issues. Substantive knowledge and previous experience with S&T committee issues, including energy and environment issues, is a plus. Candidates should have prior Hill experience, have impeccable writing and analytical skills, be able to perform under pressure in a fast-paced environment, and possess a strong knowledge of the legislative process. The candidate will be responsible for developing legislative initiatives, tracking legislation, drafting correspondence and floor/committee statements, drafting press releases, and representing the member in meetings. The successful candidate will be a results-oriented problem solver, a motivated self-starter, and possess a demonstrated ability to work independently as a policy entrepreneur. This is NOT an entry-level position. To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, resume and three writing samples with the words "Senior Legislative Assistant" in the subject line to il_staff_jobs@....

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      ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT — Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, seeks an environmental legislative assistant to provide legislative advice on a variety of issues, including the economy. Hill experience is a plus. Excellent writing and research skills required. Please submit cover letter, resume and one-page writing sample by fax ONLY to 202-225-3073 (no telephone calls please).

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      SENIOR LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL — Senior Democratic member of the House Committee on Homeland Security seeks an energetic and proactive senior legislative counsel to manage committee responsibilities and a broad portfolio of other legislative issues. Substantive knowledge and previous experience with homeland security issues as well as other issues including energy and environment, budget and tax, and housing is a plus. Candidates should have prior Hill experience, have impeccable writing and analytical skills, be able to perform under pressure in a fast-paced environment, and possess a strong knowledge of the legislative process. The candidate will be responsible for developing legislative initiatives, tracking legislation, drafting correspondence and floor/committee statements, drafting press releases, and representing the member in meetings. The successful candidate will be a results-oriented problem solver, a motivated self-starter, and possess a demonstrated ability to work independently as a policy entrepreneur. This is NOT an entry-level position and we are not looking for recent law or business school graduates. A law or business degree is required. To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, resume and three writing samples with the words "Senior Legislative Counsel" in the subject line to: TX18resume@....

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      *LEGISLATIVE AIDE — Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., a Pacific Northwest Progressive Democrat with a national focus on health care reform in America, seeks an experienced legislative aide who will manage a portfolio that includes health care as its primary focus. Qualifications include: a working knowledge of the Hill, the legislative process and an in-depth knowledge of health care issues. Excellent writing and communications skills are required. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of turning policy into progress and will join a fast-paced, team-oriented office with an emphasis on making a difference in the national debate. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Position open until filled. No telephone calls or drop ins. Please send your credentials to: nwresumes@....

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      LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT: Democratic Member of the Appropriations Committee's Energy & Water Subcommittee seeks an experienced individual with strong knowledge of energy policy to handle energy issues on the Subcommittee. Portfolio may also include Transportation, Housing, Interior and Environment. Candidates should demonstrate strong interest in local economic development, green manufacturing and growing a green economy. Sense of humor and ability to work well with others in team-oriented environment is important. Policy experience and understanding of legislative process, including appropriations, is essential. Salary commensurate with experience. Ohio ties a plus. Please send resume and cover letter to oh17.jobposting@.... No calls or drop-ins please.

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      009601 PROCUREMENT/CONTRACTING COUNSEL/SPECIALIST - Republican office seeks Contracting and Procurement Specialist and/or Counsel with a strong background in procurement policy, military contracting issues, federal loans and grants. Experience with government agencies including: defense, homeland security, energy, commerce, GSA, and small business programs helpful. Applicants must be self-starters with excellent writing, investigative, and oversight experience. Please send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and two writing samples to senate_employment@... indicating job referral number 009601 in the subject line.

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      000201 LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT – Progressive Northeastern member seeks a Legislative Assistant for economic, financial and labor issues. Candidates should possess a solid background (Advanced degree in one of these fields required) in economics, labor economics, or finance. Capitol Hill experience is preferred. The position involves research, writing, and working on legislation in conjunction with a Senior Economics and Labor LA, as well as working with constituents. The successful candidate will have the ability to produce quality work under pressure and in an extremely fast-paced environment, the capacity to think creatively on economic matters, and outstanding communication and writing skills. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to senate_employment@... indicating job referral number 000201 in the subject line.

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      040023 LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT - Democratic Senator seeks experienced staffer to join active foreign policy team. Must have strong background and work experience in foreign policy, willingness to work collaboratively with other staff. No phone calls, please. Please email resume with salary requirements and cover letter as separate attachments to senate_employment@... indicating job referral number 040023 in the subject line.

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      040026 LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT - Environment and Public Works Committee Member seeking experienced staffer to handle Energy, Environment, Agriculture and related issues. Responsibilities include drafting, evaluating, and briefing the Senator on legislation. Staffer will serve as the Member's representative to the EPW committee and related constituencies. Candidates must have a strong background and involvement in the Climate debate. Candidates must possess excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work in a fastpaced environment. Capitol Hill experience strongly preferred. Salary commensurate with experience. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to senate_employment@... indicating job referral number 040026 in the subject line.

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      040030 LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT – Democratic Senator seeks a Legislative Assistant to handle business, finance, budget, and tax issues. Law degree and previous Hill experience strongly preferred. Responsibilities will include developing legislation and advising the Senator on policy matters. Interested candidates should be proactive and efficient, have strong communication and analytical skills, and work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment. Please send cover letter and resume to: budgetla@....

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      033107 TRADE SPECIALIST/PROFESSIONAL STAFF – Senior Member of the Senate Finance Committee seeks experienced counsel or professional staffer to serve as Staff Director of Trade Subcommittee, and to staff other personal office issues yet to be determined. Responsibilities include conducting oversight and investigation of trade and competitiveness issues, as well as developing, drafting and promoting legislation. Successful candidates will have extensive experience in the field, and significant Congressional experience a strong plus. Excellent opportunities for professional growth. Equal opportunity employer. No telephone inquiries. Send resume and cover letter to TDPosition@....

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      001900 EDUCATION LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT - Northeastern Democratic Senator seeks highly qualified individual for an Education LA position with extensive congressional experience. Portfolio will also include social services, general government, and campaign finance reform. Strong writing skills are a must. Interested applicants should send their resumes to dem.sen1@....

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      The following was contributed by LAAW member Carlos Quintana:

      Human Rights First is currently recruiting for a director of our Law and Security program and would be grateful if you could pass this along to anyone you know who might be qualified for and interested in the position. The text of the description can be found at http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/about_us/jobs/jobs.aspx?id=73.

      The goal of our Law and Security program is to ensure that civil liberties and human rights are not compromised by counterterrorism laws and policies and, more broadly, to promote a greater understanding of and respect for human rights in national security policy, through a combination of policy-relevant research, analysis, and advocacy. Drawing on the insights of experts in law and security from diverse backgrounds and across the political spectrum, we are committed to promoting a U.S. security policy that operates within the rule of law. One of the most notable features of our advocacy has been our work with retired military leaders and other recognized experts on national security and law enforcement matters. Over the last several years, Human Rights First mobilized a group of more than 40 retired senior military officers to speak out against torture and official cruelty. Many of these generals and admirals stood with President Obama as he signed executive orders to end inhumane treatment and close Guantanamo. Human Rights First has also brought together former federal prosecutors and experienced interrogators to join forces with us to press for policy changes aimed at increasing reliance on the federal courts to prosecute those accused of terrorism-related crimes. In addition, we have engaged more broadly in a public education campaign aimed at changing the way torture is portrayed in popular culture, including on television shows such as "24." This is part of our broader effort to build a strong bipartisan consensus against torture and official cruelty.

      Human Rights First seeks a director for its Law and Security program as the program prepares to tackle these issues in a changed political environment. The director of the Law and Security program will be responsible for identifying program focus and goals and provide strategic guidance to the organization in the area of human rights and national security. The program director will be responsible for designing and overseeing investigative reporting projects, legal and policy analysis, targeted advocacy, and communication with policy makers, security officials, the media, experts and popular audiences.


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      NCLR is looking for exceptional applicants for many positions. If you send in any resumes to our HR department, send me a copy as well and I'll hand-deliver it to the appropriate decision-making managers. Please feel free to shoot me any questions you may have about NCLR or the positions listed below. You can also view our jobs online:
      http://www.nclr.org/content/browse/jobs/?page=1. Thanks! Amanda Danielle Montez, Legislative Affairs Analyst, National Council of La Raza, amontez@....

      Associate Director, Immigration - Washington,DC

      NCLR is seeking an Associate Director of Immigration in its Washington,DC office. This position is housed in the Office of Research, Advocacy,and Legislation and reports to the Immigration Director. The AssociateDirector is responsible for overseeing, directing, and fundraising in support of immigration advocacy, and overseeing related lobbying, field work, and research activities. This position assists in the management of a team of up to five professionals dedicated to research, lobbying,and advocacy on immigration issues and helps oversee the development of materials such as tool kits, fact sheets, position statements, and other written materials. This position will also oversee and impart technical assistance to NCLR Affiliates and other CBOs working in the field. In addition, the Associate Director assists in the management of a budget of $600,000 to $1 million and is responsible for all internal reporting on immigration activities.

      Legislative Analyst - Health Policy Project -Washington, DC

      NCLR seeks a Legislative Analyst for its Washington, DC office. This position supports the Health Policy Project, and the Analyst will implement legislative and political strategies to further NCLR's goals. The Analyst will also work to increase NCLR's visibility on Capitol Hill. Working with a diverse group of experts, researchers, and key policymakers at the federal state, and local levels, the ultimate goal of this position will be the implementation of legislation that results in positive health and nutrition outcomes on behalf of the Latino community. During the coming year, this position will concentrate on integrating NCLR's agenda into the federal health care reform debate. Core objectives of the Analyst's work will be to build and nurture relationships with policymakers and expand the base of support for NCLR health policy priorities. The Analyst will also be expected to cultivate alliances with a variety of health stakeholders and participate in forums and coalitions such as Health Care for America Now! and the Coalition for Immigrant Equity in Health Care.

      Deputy Director, Policy Analysis Center - Washington,DC

      The Deputy Director of the Policy Analysis Center is responsible for working in consultation with the Deputy Vice President to set the overall strategic goals and objectives related to policy analysis activities. The Deputy will also be responsible for ensuring the production of highly skilled, timely, and relevant policy documents/materials in support of NCLR's goals. This position will also work with the Executive Management team to create an institution-wide approach for identifying promising new policy reform ideas, engaging in effective policy development activities, and promoting NCLR's public policy goals among broad audiences. The work will include the analysis of policy issues related to Latino child poverty, education reform, economic security and recovery, health reform, and potentially new emerging issues such as green jobs. In addition to supervising staff, the Deputy Director will be expected to provide support to project/issue areas that do not have policy analysts. This position will also be responsible for providing technical assistance and guidance to existing policy staff as needed.

      Health Policy Analyst - Washington,DC

      NCLR seeks a Health Policy Analyst in its Washington, DC headquarters. This Policy Analyst will work as a member of the Health Policy Project at NCLR, with the objective to advance public policy and program solutions that improve the health status of Latinos through increased access to quality health care and coverage. S/he is responsible for providing highly skilled analysis of social, economic, and public policy issues in support of NCLR's goals. Specifically, the Analyst will be responsible for identifying and evaluating policy proposals and promising new ideas designed to reform the health care system to extend more coverage to Latinos in the U.S.

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      Open Society Institute

      Policy Analyst for African Affairs
      Washington, DC
      Salary details on request

      "This position facilitates the work of OSI on US policy on African development. The Policy Analyst will implement advocacy strategies relating to the work of OSI in Africa. OSI Washington works closely with Congressional leaders, the executive branch and the wider foreign policy community on both African governance crises and more long-term challenges." Find out more here [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102572363616&s=19540&e=001VefUoZG4zukE2a6LNIDoYfXjycpmROXX3Stt7sLzljnGNFhsqEuqn-kLBv5KDK4ONrg76reQFkuUVjb6iThfzbjGFGQL4Krek9sjsMKHdj4cB0_hpJ2XscQTvB76aF0wCjQAbfCbz9KvLydeX1zv7g==].

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      Open Society Institute

      Senior Policy Analyst for Eurasia
      Washington, DC
      Salary details on request

      "This position facilitates the work of OSI on U.S. policy on Eurasia. The Senior Policy Analyst will implement advocacy strategies relating to the work of OSI in Eurasia. Candidate will have strong knowledge of the Eurasia region, and excellent policy advocacy skills and experience concerning U.S. policy." Find out more here [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102572363616&s=19540&e=001VefUoZG4zulAoMgr74rp-cR6uIpjrJZIVCyzSbuaCNRlwmyX-lUlC2QI5vLTzhCctueh-V_BVC_2smNNfMQEMnzV93YJNSdruBwHhMUF2KGz6OBSRyENVlxgGWMOw-x7wAdJe23rxkNdRqDgVwBPlA==].

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      BHFS, LLC.

      Policy Advisor
      Washington, DC
      Salary details on request

      "Dynamic top-ten government relations firm seeks self-starting professional who
      understands legislative and political process and is looking for substantive position,
      a team atmosphere and opportunities for advancement. Must have superb ability to
      work with clients, congressional staff and colleagues."
      Find out more here [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102572363616&s=19540&e=001VefUoZG4zumPb6IAwQ8ALb2w2N0PBI0SZdYDaY5yo_OpKZoNa7PlR_XDYt-mmbOnUyC2UmtY0rmmdbeUfGpQXpFnirlxyZ7pDVRX4IKukAEO7b3R4L3IH6N2pwR1fr-ck_YzHvtkds9x1SltI0REow==].

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      National Association of State Treasurers

      Director of Federal Relations
      Washington, DC
      Salary details on request

      "The National Association of State Treasurers seeks an experienced advocacy professional to manage all aspects of our federal relations program with extensive knowledge of Congress, the Administration, and other Agencies that impact public finance, banking, and securities issues from the perspective of the states." Find out more here [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102572363616&s=19540&e=001VefUoZG4zukzx3qC9HWkxtXEGwRtGtFlo_To47jvpaCqQniyzGMk8rsa0soJ3yxk6eAGeiLVzpRTIeMS7wGh3EZkptpj48ShH-TAGvZ28A8FrxrF7tvc81Z2lexWJISg2yv5WtPam_y8bszZscaz_w==].

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      The Trust for Public Land

      Senior Legislative Representative
      Washington, DC
      Salary details on request

      "The Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit dedicated to saving land for people, seeks an energetic, dedicated Sr. Legislative Representative to handle legislation and appropriations for public land conservation. Applicants should have a minimum of 4 years of Congressional/Federal Agency experience in natural resource protection and environmental issues." Find out more here [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102572363616&s=19540&e=001VefUoZG4zumKMdoqhXrtYe2utymFgMneeE2QTdYrt6qBlt2koGkbmMePFczD8FKBFW3KeaJLdSe6o5LNY-UDfBzniO8VbuK0EkpXRPwmh1PfE3Rv4clB8KappGl_xKw55NU829XQvZ4=].

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      Legislative Policy Analyst - Nonprofit - 70K - Meaningful Mission

      This position is for the intellectually curious person who has 3+ years of policy/writing experience. You will promote critical issues on the Obama agenda and develop and shape strategies as well as track legislation and attend hill meetings, coalitions and seminars. This position has the opportunity for unlimited growth and challenges.

      Call Kathleen Edquist at 202 331-9484 or email kedquist@...

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      Two Job Openings at Slate. We're looking for journalists who write fast, read faster, and have a sense of humor. Slate wants to hire two very energetic media omnivores to help us with a new aggregation feature we're starting. We're seeking applicants who can write fast, read faster, and who have a sense of humor. These will be contract positions with Slate. If you're interested, please send a résumé, two clips, and a brief cover letter to David Plotz at Slateaggregators@.... Please—please!—keep your e-mails under 250KB.

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      Policy Advisor Position for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

      Dynamic top-ten government relations firm seeks self-starting professional who understands legislative and political process and is looking for substantive position, a team atmosphere and opportunities for advancement. Must have superb ability to work with clients, congressional staff and colleagues. Three years of Hill or government experience is helpful, or six years experience in private sector public policy advocacy. Knowledge of telecom, tax, energy and/or health care a plus. Excellent writing and research skills required. Responsibilities will include strategic thinking; contacts with Capitol Hill; research and writing of advocacy papers, issue briefs and letters; monitoring and reporting on legislative developments. Fax resume to (202) 296-7009, ATTN: Jayne Stewart.


      4. Fellowship/Internship Announcements

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      The following was contributed by LAAW Board member Christina Adams:

      Marlon Paz from HBA-DC alerted me to an amazing (paid!) summer opportunity through the HNBF for a 1L for this summer. Please pass this information to all the 1L's in LALSA and encourage them to send in their completed applications ASAP to Marlon at marlonpaz@.... (I note that the deadline has passed but Marlon said they still have one placement left so students really should send in their applications as soon as possible). The HNBF Law Fellows Program includes training, professional development, and work experience in Washington D.C., and in-house at a select company's legal department. The program will run for 8 weeks beginning June 8, 2009, and concluding on July 31, 2009. Each Law Fellow will receive a weekly $2,000 stipend for participating in the 8-week program. Transportation cost from the student's home to D.C. will be covered by the HNBF as well as transportation cost from D.C. to the company site, if necessary. Assistance with housing cost during the training and orientation weekend may be available.

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      Department of Commerce (DOC) | Office of the Secretary Internship Program
      Date: Thurs, May 7 2009 10:24 am

      The mission of the Department *of Commerce (DOC) Office of the Secretary (OS) Summer Internship Program* is to engage and empower developing leaders with a passion for public service. The program will expose students to opportunities in the Federal Government and the potential to find passion in a career. Interns will gain unique experience though their placement in one of several DOC offices.

      The students will work closely with the Special/Confidential Assistants in their respective offices. This will keep them engaged in the political process, maintain strong lines of communication and clearly define roles and responsibilities. Interns will be given 2-3 projects to work on through the duration of the program.

      To enhance development, each intern will be given a mentor for guidance. The mentor-mentee relationship will depend on the individuals, but may be fostered through weekly meetings/discussion, meeting attendance and local event attendance. Enrichment activities will serve as highlights for the interns through their summer. On a bi-weekly/monthly basis the Internship Board will coordinate visits to local exhibits including the National Archives, lectures, arrange photo/meet-and-greet with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, White House Tours, etc.

      The *DOC OS Summer Internship Program* will run concurrently for two sessions: *Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, August 21 or Monday, June 1 – August 28, 2009*. Candidates must be available for the duration of the program to be considered for placement. Applicants must be current college sophomores, juniors or seniors and must demonstrate a strong interest in the public policy, governmental affairs, public affairs, business and/or community engagement.

      DOC OS Internship Program Offices: Office of the Secretary; Office of Business Liaison; Office of Public Affairs; Office of Scheduling and Advance; Executive Secretariat; Office of Policy and Strategic Planning; White House Liaison; National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA); International Trade Administration (ITA); Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs

      To apply for an internship send your resume to dbrundage@.... No phone calls please. Applicants Must Be: US Citizens; Eighteen years of age on or before the first day of the internship; Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, or university (2-4 year institution)

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      040011 LAW CLERK INTERNSHIP *- The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration is accepting applications for an unpaid summer position as a law clerk intern to assist committee Majority Counsel in a range of legal activities including hearing preparation, research, report writing, and legislation. Applicants must have successfully completed at least one year of law school. Strongly preferred are candidates who demonstrate on their application relevant experience or academic research related to election law and/or campaign finance. Superb writing and legal research skills are mandatory. *Send resumes and letter to: lawintern@.... No phone calls. Because of the volume of applicants, not all inquiries can be acknowledged.