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State and Local Advocacy Internship

USGBC has an opportunity for a currently-enrolled student to undertake a practical learning experience through an unpaid internship with its Advocacy team focused on state and local advocacy.


The State and Local Advocacy Intern will support USGBC’s Advocacy team and focus on producing materials for USGBC Chapter advocates that fit into the campaign approach to advocacy. Additionally, this internship will involve developing specific materials and resources that support overall state and local advocacy, including state/city Market Briefs, State Policy Win Reports, campaign data reports, and other forms of collateral that will help drive state/local advocacy.

Please note that this is an unpaid position and intern must be eligible to receive academic credit.


The learning objectives of this internship include:

  • Understanding green building issues in the state and local advocacy arena.
  • Clearly expressing concepts of sustainability and green building advocacy.
  • More fully understanding the benefits of green building and operations practices.
  • Developing experience in non-profit workplace and sector.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Tracking public policies and coordinating with green building policy support, to develop a “State Win Report” and recognizing the efforts of local/state advocates
  • Updating and creating Market Briefs for states and cities
  • Compiling campaign metrics for reports
  • Calling city and state officials to find information or answer any questions
  • Supporting Advocacy Team in building an aggressive and winning advocacy operation

Education & trainings requirements/preferences

  • Current enrollment in a graduate or undergraduate program of study
  • Major or specialization in Environmental Studies, Politics, Government, Law, Architecture or Engineering highly preferred
  • Knowledge of the LEED building rating system preferred

Experience requirements

  • Previous work experience in team/office setting preferred

  • Other required skills and qualifications

    • Interest in advocacy or political campaigns
    • An ability to multitask and operate in a dynamic work environment
    • Excellent communication and writing skills
    • Experience in Microsoft Office products including Word, Power Point, and Excel
    • Design (Photoshop/In Design/Illustrator) preferred
    • HTML experience preferred
    • Commitment to USGBC mission

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How to apply

If you find a position that is a great fit with your expertise and experience, please
  • Email or fax your resume and a letter of interest to our human resources department.
  • Note the title of the position you are applying for
  • Submit files as PDFs or Word documents.
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