In late December 2004, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) and the sportsmen's-conservation community lost a rising star with the death of Brad Rowse. Brad monitored sportsmen's issues at the state level, built relations with state legislators and sportsmen's groups and was integral in the formation of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), creating a unified front for sportsmen in state legislatures.
To carry on the passion that Brad Rowse brought to sportsmen's policy, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation created the Brad Rowse Internship Program. Historically this is an in-person employment opportunity in CSF’s Washington, DC office and in-person options are presently offered. However, CSF is now pleased to offer a select few highly-qualified candidates the opportunity to gain professional experience in the sportsmen’s policy field while working remotely as well.
Interns will have the opportunity to learn the importance of the public policy process on hunting, fishing and other conservation issues, and will spend time learning about federal and state legislative initiatives that impact sportsmen and fish and wildlife conservation.
CSF provides advice, support, and information to members of Congress and state legislatures through its affiliation with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus – a bipartisan group of nearly 250 U.S. Representatives and Senators – and the 49 state sportsmen’s caucuses in the NASC network and 29 governors who are members of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus. This gives CSF a unique niche that is unparalleled by any other sportsmen’s organization.
This internship is a non-employee position with no compensation provided. Academic credit is strongly supported, and CSF will cooperate with universities/colleges that offer credit for intern programs. However, it is the student’s responsibility to make all the arrangements for receiving academic credit.
- Tracking state and federal legislation that impacts hunting, fishing, and wildlife conservation;
- Writing and assisting with the preparation of policy-related communications materials;
- Conducting a variety of policy analysis and research projects in support of the work of CSF’s state and federal policy teams;
- Assisting in the preparation of materials for virtual events with state and federal elected officials; and,
- Other responsibilities based upon the ability and interest of each intern, and the needs of the organization.
- Preference will be given to undergraduate or graduate students either currently enrolled or recently graduated with a major and/or an interest in conservation/natural resource management and/or policy.
- Successful candidates will possess the following traits and characteristics:
- Excellent research, writing, and oral communications skills and high level of attention to detail;
- Strong organization, time management, priority-setting, and computer skills;
- The ability to stay focused and task-oriented while working in a remote work environment;
- A good disposition, a hardworking and creative nature, and an interest in taking on a variety of tasks; and,
- A commitment to the goals and methods of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and a professed interest in hunting, fishing, and other forms of outdoor recreation.
- Applicants must be willing to work on a committed weekly schedule for a minimum of three months. Full (40 hours/week) and part time (24 hours/week) opportunities are available, and the final work schedule will be mutually agreed upon by the successful candidate(s) and CSF.
Please submit a cover letter, complete resume, a college transcript, three references, and a writing sample. Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are interested in an in-person internship or if you wish to work remotely. Please also indicate whether you are interested in the fulltime (40 hours/week) or part time (24 hours/week) option. Finalists will be interviewed either by videoconference or by telephone.
Please send completed applications to:
Brad Rowse Internship Program
c/o Brent Miller
Rolling deadline with summer, fall, and spring positions available. Applicants are requested to specify which timeframe they wish to be considered for in their cover letter.
Your opinion counts
Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?Vote Here
- Increase the number of states with discounted license tailored to specific groups. (3.27%)
- Increase access to public lands. (26.12%)
- Provide more information for new participants. (2.86%)
- Provide hands on opportunities to improve skills and knowledge. (14.49%)
- Engage youth through hunter and conservation programs in schools. (45.71%)
- I feel we have enough sportsmen and women and do not believe R3 programs are necessary. (7.55%)