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State and Federal Policy Intern- 2021-2022 School Year

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The Arc Minnesota

This stipend eligible position is for the 2021-2022 school year and includes a $1000 stipend paid in December and May. The Arc Minnesota’s State & Federal Policy Intern will support the public policy program staff and others as needed to advance components of the annual work plan in the areas of legislative advocacy, self-advocacy, civic engagement, and public policy communications/education. Specific duties may include:


  • Support issue-specific research and data collection in state and federal policy related matters
  • Assist with federal and state bill tracking and monitoring Support & assist with researching and drafting public comments regarding issues impacting the disability community at the state and federal levels
  • Build and strengthen relationships with Minnesota’s congressional delegation and members of staff
  • Build and strengthen relationships with The Arc U.S. policy staff and support the organization’s meaningful engagement in federal policy efforts
  • Partner with Grassroots & Community Engagement intern to coordinate and attend in-district events, meetings, and home visits with federal level decision makers
  • Coordinate federal legislative engagement efforts with all Arc MN Regions, and evaluate opportunities and impact
  • Educate federal policymakers and staff about The Arc Minnesota’s mission, legislative agenda and general public policy priorities
  • Attend relevant committee hearings, news conferences, and other disability advocacy meetings/events
  • Learn about and help track legislation in Health & Human Services, special education, and other areas as applicable
  • Support supervisor and members of The Arc Minnesota Communications team to develop and update engaging content for Public Policy Updates, social media (The Arc Minnesota Facebook & Twitter pages, Disability Policy Networking page), and general public policy website
  • Other duties as requested

Professional Development Benefits:

  • Includes a $1000 stipend payable in December and May
  • Develop relationships with The Arc Minnesota staff, stakeholders, and lawmakers
  • Gain knowledge of public policies relevant to the disability community
  • Build experience with the legislative process
  • Advocate on behalf of and alongside members of Minnesota’s disability community
  • Engage elected officials representing various levels of government
  • Deepen interpersonal and external communications skills
  • Increase utilization of various technology and communications platforms (email, social media, etc.)


  • Experience with and working on political campaigns and/or with elected officials
  • Strong communication and interpersonal relationship skills; comfortable making phone calls
  • Communicates well with and respects people of all cultures and abilities
  • Self-directed worker who can operate efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment
  • Reliable, flexible, detail-oriented and open to constructive feedback
  • Awareness of issues impacting Minnesotans with disabilities preferred; personal experience preferred
  • Experience in self-advocacy committee and/or Partners in Policymaking preferred
  • Multiple language capabilities and lived experiences preferred, but not required

Time Commitment: This is a MN state and federal policy focused position for the 2021 - 2022 school year. Must be available to intern 10-14 hours per week. An exit interview will be conducted to gauge intern experience and to make recommendations for improvement.

The Arc Minnesota is a statewide nonprofit organization that works to promote and protect the human rights of people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through statewide programs and services, we help people navigate systems while working to advance social change centered in justice, equity, and belonging in community.

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About The Arc Minnesota


2446 University Ave W, Suite 110, Saint Paul, MN 55114, US

Mission Statement

The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, actively supporting them and their families in a lifetime of full inclusion and participation in their communities.


The Arc Minnesota changes attitutdes, changes policies, and changes lives. The Arc Minnesota does this by providing individuals and families information and assistance around disability rights, laws and services. The Arc also provides workshops, support groups, counseling, individual and systems advocacy from birth throughout the lifespan.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Education & Literacy
People with Disabilities


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2446 University Ave W, Suite 110Saint Paul, MN 55114



  • General Education
  • Legal (General)
  • Advocacy




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 19
  • Orientation or Training

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