Political Affairs & Government Relations Intern

Offered By: 
Students for Campus Carry Choice
Job Location: 
Job Location (Other): 
Remote/Hybrid - Austin based preferred but not required
Job Description: 
Organization Description: In the United States, campus carry legislation governs the possession of firearms on college or university campuses. Texas notably enacted Senate Bill 11 (S.B. 11), also known as the "Campus Carry" law, on June 1, 2015, permitting licensed individuals to carry concealed handguns on university campuses. While public universities hold some discretion, private institutions enjoy full autonomy in regulating campus carry. This raises the debate on who should wield decision-making power regarding firearms on campus, a matter contingent upon each state's legislative stance. With 19 states prohibiting concealed weapons, 19 allowing colleges and universities to determine their policies, and 12 permitting concealed carry on campuses, the analysis of shootings since 2000 underscores crucial questions about campus safety. In higher education settings, decisions about firearms demand thorough consideration, ideally involving stakeholders like students, faculty, administration, and law enforcement. Ensuring representation of all voices is crucial to fostering consent and mitigating civil unrest, ultimately advocating for decentralizing decision-making from state governments to individual institutions to enhance campus safety and autonomy. Job Responsibilities: Conduct comprehensive research on current campus carry legislation and relevant political dynamics in Texas. Assist in drafting policy briefs, memoranda, and advocacy materials to support the transition of decision-making authority regarding campus carry. Collaborate with government relations professionals to establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including legislators, university administrators, student organizations, and law enforcement agencies. Participate in strategic planning sessions to devise advocacy strategies aimed at promoting institutional autonomy in campus carry policies. Monitor legislative developments and identify opportunities for engagement, including testimony before legislative committees and participation in advocacy campaigns. Support the organization and execution of events, workshops, and informational sessions to raise awareness and garner support for institutional campus carry policies. Provide administrative support, including data management, scheduling meetings, and preparing materials for presentations or meetings. Assist in tracking and analyzing metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of advocacy efforts and inform future strategies. Qualifications: Preferred to be currently enrolled in a degree program in political science, public policy, law, or a related field, though not necessary. Strong research and analytical skills, with the ability to synthesize complex information into clear and concise written materials. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with a keen attention to detail. Demonstrated interest in and understanding of legislative processes and government relations. Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment, managing multiple tasks and deadlines effectively. Familiarity with advocacy and grassroots organizing strategies is preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and familiarity with legislative tracking databases or software is a plus. Commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of work and engagement.
Application Instructions: 
Please send your resume, with a short cover letter and optionally a prior political/legislative writing sample, to arshia2023@gmail.com
Contact Information: 
Type of Internship: 
Advocacy - State
Internship is not limited to a specific time frame though applicants can remain on the team throughout the campaign if desired.
Posted By: 
Arshia Papari
Expiration Date: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2024