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State and Federal Policy Intern - 2023-2024 school year - stipend position

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ORGANIZATION: The Arc Minnesota & Arc's Value Village

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This stipend eligible position is for the 2022-2023 school year. Includes a $3000 stipend ($1500 each term); half paid at mid-point of & remainder paid end of term. The Arc Minnesota’s State & Federal Policy Intern supports public policy program staff and others to advance work plan in legislative advocacy, self-advocacy, civic engagement, and public policy communication and education. Specific duties may include:



Responsibilities:

  • ¬∑Support issue-specific research & 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 on issues impacting the disability community at state and federal levels
  • Build & strengthen relationships with Minnesota’s congressional delegation & staff members
  • Build and strengthen relationships with The Arc U.S. policy staff and support organization’s meaningful engagement in federal policy efforts
  • Partner with policy team and interns to coordinate and attend in-district events, meetings, and home visits with federal level decision makers
  • Coordinate federal legislative engagement efforts with; evaluate opportunities and impact
  • Educate federal policymakers and staff about The Arc Minnesota’s mission, legislative agenda and public policy priorities
  • Attend committee hearings, news conferences, and disability advocacy meetings/events
  • Learn and track legislation in Health & Human Services, special education and other areas
  • Develop & update content for Public Policy Updates, social media (The Arc Minnesota Facebook & Twitter pages, Disability Policy Networking page) & general public policy website
  • Other duties as requested


Professional Development Benefits:
  • $3000 stipend ($1500 each term); half paid at mid-point of & remainder paid end of term
  • 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 technology and communications platforms (email, social media, etc.)
  • Learn and incorporate The Arc’s core values of Human & Civil Rights, Self-Advocacy & Self-Direction, Equity & Belonging and Disability and Racial Justice


Qualifications:
  • Experience with and working on political campaigns and/or with elected officials
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills; comfortable making phone calls
  • Will work with and have respect for people of all backgrounds; in teams and independently
  • Can work efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment
  • Effective organization skills; attention to detail/accuracy a must
  • Professional manner, dependable and can keep information confidential
  • Effective time management and problem solving skills; proficient computer skills
  • Awareness of issues impacting Minnesotans with disabilities & personal experience preferred
  • Experience in self-advocacy committee and/or Partners in Policymaking preferred
  • Commitment to social, racial, disability and LGBTQ+ justice and their intersections
  • Multiple language capabilities preferred but not required
  • Preference for individuals with a disability and/or lived experience around race and disability justice


Time Commitment:
  • 10-14 hours per week September 2023 - May 2024. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm with evenings and weekends as schedule allows/if needed

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 & Arc's Value Village

Location:

PO Box 64007, Saint Paul, MN 55164, 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.

Description

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. The Arc helps people navigate systems while working to advance social change centered in justice, equity and belonging in community. Arc's Value Village is a public awareness and revenue generating vehicle for The Arc Minnesota. Arc's Value Village accepts clothing, housewares, art, media, books & related items and sells those items to the community.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Education & Literacy
People with Disabilities
Advocacy & Human Rights, Education & Literacy, People with Disabilities

WHEN

Mon Sep 11, 2023 - Fri Dec 08, 2023

WHERE

The Arc Minnesota641 Fairview Ave NorthSaint Paul, MN 55104

(44.96097,-93.17858)
 

SKILLS

  • General Education
  • Legal (General)
  • Advocacy

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

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

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