Brad Rowse Internship Program

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 and women 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. 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, state legislators, and governors through its affiliation with and support of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (a bipartisan group of nearly 300 U.S. Representatives and Senators) the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (a bipartisan network of 49 state legislative sportsmen’s caucuses with a combined membership of over 2,000 legislators) and 30 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. 

Visit www.congressionalsportsmen.org to learn more about the work of The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.

POSITION: This internship is a non-employee position with compensation, and an IRS form 1099 will be issued to you at the end of the year. The position is based in CSF’s Capitol Hill office in Washington, DC, though remote applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Compensation for Washington, DC based interns will be provided in the amount of $750/month with a potential increase to not more than $1,000/month after successful completion of the first month. 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.

DUTIES:

  • 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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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;
    • 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 time is preferred, though part time arrangement for exception candidates may be considered, and the final work schedule will be mutually agreed upon by the successful candidate(s) and CSF.

TO APPLY:
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 interning in Washington, DC or remote, and if you are interested in a 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
E-mail: bmiller@congressionalsportsmen.org

DEADLINE:  
To be considered for the fall 2022 cohort application materials must be received no later than Friday, July 29, 2022.

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