Federal Relations Internship - Summer 2023
Location: Columbus, Georgia
Job Type: Full time
Location: Washington, DC
Federal Relations Intern (In-Person)
Performs assigned duties under the direction of experienced personnel to gain knowledge and experience in preparation for full time professional opportunities
Principal Duties & Responsibilities
Aflac Federal Relations is located in the heart of downtown Washington, DC and is responsible for the federal public policy strategy and government relations activities for Aflac, Inc. The Aflac Federal Relations Diversity Internship provides an opportunity for candidates of diverse communities and underrepresented groups to:
- Explore careers in advocacy, public policy, political affairs, and public affairs.
- Gain a deeper understanding of Aflac’s legislative priorities and their impact on our company and policyholders that we serve.
- Interact and engage with policymakers in the legislative and executive branch; industry trade groups and non-government organizations who influence public policy; political committee staff and campaign finance professionals who shape the political process; and public affairs professionals who influence public opinion.
- Develop core business skills through work assignments, peer-to-peer coaching, and other professional development training, including prioritization, time and project management, interpersonal and networking; verbal and written communication skills.
- Attend professional networking events; policy briefings and hearings; trade working group and strategy meetings; and industry coalition meetings.
- Collect, organize and analyze research within the areas of political intelligence, public policy, and public affairs
- Track and monitor key legislation and provide legislative updates at weekly team meetings.
- Complete project and work assignments in support of current business needs.
- Performs other duties as assigned, including supporting our extensive political affairs and special events efforts.
- Become part of a growing and active network of Aflac interns.
Education & Experience
- High School Diploma or equivalent, actively pursuing Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Business, Political Science, Economics, or similar degree program
- Aflac Federal Relations welcomes and encourages all qualified candidates to apply for the internship, including those from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups
- Interested applicants should include a cover letter with their resume explaining your interest in the program, what in your background makes you the optimal candidate for the position, and how this position fits into your career.
Job Knowledge and Skills
- A desire to work in public policy and Washington, DC
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills, and commitment to community
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills
- Demonstrates acceptance of responsibility, flexibility in acceptance of assignments; exhibits dependability
- Basic administrative and organizational skills
- Proficient in MS Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint