Public Affairs Internship
(January- May 2019)

The Public Affairs Department of the Greater Phoenix Chamber is pleased to announce an internship opportunity beginning the first full week of January and continuing through early May.

The Greater Phoenix Chamber’s internship program will immerse the student in the state legislative process and public policy matters in order to effectively advocate on behalf of the business community. In addition, the individual will be introduced to the organizational structure of a large non-profit, membership-driven organization which offers various programs to support the productivity and growth of its member businesses. The student intern will have an opportunity to interact with each department of the Chamber.

Greater Phoenix Chamber

The Greater Phoenix Chamber (GPC) is the leading business organization for the greater Phoenix region. Our mission is to promote regional prosperity, serving as a catalyst for economic vitality and strong communities. We accomplish this through our ability to convene and connect business leaders, elected officials and community leaders; cultivate thought leadership; advocate for pro-business policies; and communicate and promote the region’s strengths.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Bill tracking: updating the status of legislative proposals during the legislative session by utilizing the Legislative On-Line Assistant (LOLA) system.
  • Committee Monitoring: attending legislative committees, taking notes and reporting the action of the committees. Also tending to the needs of the GPC’s committees including meeting set up and correspondence.
  • Document Preparation: preparing documents for the Chamber’s Public Affairs and issues committees, as well as providing updates for Chamber publications including newsletters, press releases, and blog posts.
  • Events Assistance: miscellaneous supporting roles, such as preparation for, registration of attendees, and greeting members at various department business events.
  • Interacting with legislators and legislative staff.

Candidate Skills and Qualifications

  • Applicants must be candidates for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at one of Arizona’s participating universities and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application.
  • Professional Writing: prepare letters, memos, and bill summaries for use by Chamber staff and members.
  • How a Bill Becomes a Law (AZ): have a general understanding of the Arizona legislative process that is necessary for the passage of a law.
  • Interpersonal Skills: proper use of telephone, email and in-person communications
  • Interns do not need to be political science majors or know detailed information about the legislative process. The Chamber’s Public Affairs team will teach you everything you need to know. The most important attributes of an intern are enthusiasm, a willingness to learn through hands-on experience, and interest in the political advocacy. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Compensation & Terms of Employment

  • A stipend of $2,500 in exchange for 15-20 hours per week at the Chamber from early January through May.
  • A free access card for the Chase Parking Garage located at 1st Street and Van Buren, which can be used daily and when attending downtown events, during the internship.
  • A free Metro pass (good for light rail, local bus and Rapid) during the internship.
  • The Chamber will work with the student to obtain college credit for the internship.

Application Information
Please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Jen Springman, Public Affairs Coordinator, by email at Deadline for application is 5 p.m. on October 12th.

Posted by Danny Imes