How to Apply
The Association of the United States Navy (AUSN), the premier voice and advocate for our nation’s current and former Sailors, is looking for a full or part time unpaid Legislative Interns for their offices in Old Town, Alexandria.
Candidates should have, or be pursuing, a degree in Political Science/Government Affairs/Communications. Strong writing and personal skills a must! An interest and passion for the United States Navy and Navy Reserve is highly desirable.
In addition to administrative tasks, i.e. answering phones and helping to schedule appointments, interns will monitor and write After Action Reports on Congressional Hearings of interest such as House and Senate Armed Services, Appropriations and Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearings. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend meetings with Congressional Staff along with the Legislative Director as well as other meetings off of Capitol Hill.
The Legislative Director is also willing to oversee a research project of the intern’s interest if they are pursuing class credit for the internship.
Candidates can submit a cover letter, resume and 1-2 page writing sample to the Director of Legislation, Mr. Anthony A. Wallis at Anthony.Wallis@ausn.org or fax it to 703-683-3647. Schedules are flexible/negotiable for the fall, spring, and summer and Metrorail travel reimbursement is available to interns as well as free parking at our headquarters off of King Street in Alexandria.
Deadlines for Applicants are as follows:
Fall Internships: August 10
Spring Internships: December 10
Summer Internships: April 10
The Legislative Internship program offered at the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) focuses on introducing undergraduate and graduate students to the Legislative process as well as to the issues that our Navy, veterans and retirees are confronting on Capitol Hill. The goal of the program is to educate and inform students on the Legislative process and its relationship with the military (looking at authorization and appropriation legislative accounts for the Department of Defense).
While at AUSN, Legislative Interns will assist the Legislative Director in not only performing administrative tasks, but also with day to day operations of the office. AUSN Legislative Interns will track and monitor upcoming Congressional hearings, by referencing Congressional Quarterly Today, distributed every morning Congress is in session, and uploading them to the Outlook calendars of the Legislative Director as well the Executive Director and Director of Membership. In addition, in the cases where the hearings are not televised or streamed online, the interns will go to Capitol Hill and take notes and monitor the hearings of the Senate/House Armed Services Committees, Senate/House Defense Appropriations Committees, Senate/House MILCON&VA Appropriations Committees and the Senate/House Veterans Affairs Committees. Afterwards, the Legislative Director will review After Action Reports (AAR’s) before distribution to Executive Director and Director of Membership. Along with this responsibility, Interns will proofread letters to Members of Congress from the Legislative Director, Capitol Hill Blog and Legislative Alerts before either the Legislative Director or Intern posts to the website. Interns will also schedule appointments based on the Legislative strategy spreadsheet and based on the tier of the appointment, Interns will have the opportunity to attend meetings with the Legislative Director and take notes/minutes on the meeting and post items of interest on TWITTER and FACEBOOK.
Anthony A. Wallis, AUSN Legislative Director
| Summer 2012 Legislative Interns visiting Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Fighter Demonstration Center