dcWhat’s a great way for college students to learn about how our laws are really made and get a taste of Washington, D.C., one of the world’s most dynamic cities? A NAWG internship.

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) offers an internship program throughout the year for sophomores, juniors or seniors in college interested in gaining real-world experience in policy development.

From offices in the Wheat Growers Building on Capitol Hill, NAWG’s staff members are in constant contact with state association representatives, NAWG grower-leaders, Members of Congress, Congressional staff members and the public. NAWG’s lobbyists work on issues as diverse as federal farm policy and crop insurance, environmental regulation and research funding. NAWG also leads a number of efforts outside the Beltway to benefit wheat growers – including the quest to bring the benefits of new and innovative research tools to wheat growers and efforts to find common ground between growers and the railroads that transport their products.

Applicants can expect a NAWG internship to provide a well-balanced, unique-to-D.C. experience in the day-to-day operations of an agricultural advocacy organization. Selected individuals will assist the government affairs department and other office departments as needed, but specific experiences are likely to include:
1. Conducting research and preparing press statements, one-pagers, and reports;
2. Monitoring wheat-and policy-related news;
3. Assisting the communications manager with the weekly NAWG news updates;
4. Developing content for NAWG’s website and social media outlets; and
5. Interfacing with members of the media, the public and NAWG stakeholders to ensure they have the necessary tools needed to complete their work.

Successful candidates will be responsible for all living costs while in Washington, D.C., including housing, food, and transportation to and from work, which is one block from the Senate office buildings and the Union Station Metro terminal. Any required business travel and associated costs will be covered by NAWG.

This is a paid internship; NAWG interns are considered temporary employees.

How to Apply

Successful applicants must be excellent writers and communicators; able to work well in a group setting; demonstrate an interest in and/or a connection to agriculture; have a working knowledge of government; and have interest in pursuing an agriculturally-related career after graduation.

Preference will be given to applicants from states with NAWG-affiliated state wheat grower associations. Interested students should complete an application packet including:

  • The Internship Program Application Form
  • A cover letter and a current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors, employers or personal references.
  • An essay (minimum 500 words) on the top three public policy issues that interest them.
  • Official university/college transcript(s), both undergraduate and graduate if applicable.
  • Proof of English speaking and writing competency, if they are from a non-English speaking country.

All materials must be submitted together to wheatworld@wheatworld.org, or mailed to the attention of Internship Program National Association of Wheat Growers 415 Second Street, NE, Suite 200 Washington, DC 20002.

Materials become the confidential property of the National Association of Wheat Growers and are not returnable. Materials must be emailed or postmarked by May 1st, 2017, for eligibility in the summer 2017 internship, to begin June 1st, 2017.