University of Washington School of Public Health
Work Study Graduate Student Summer Internship - Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien
Part-time position, 20-30 hours per week
Closing Date: open until filled
Posted: April 18, 2018
The Legislative Department has an outstanding opportunity for a Graduate Work Study Intern in the office of Councilmember Mike O’Brien this summer for up to 30 hours per week. This is a dynamic, fast paced and collegial environment that provides an opportunity for you to grow professionally. The office is comprised of four staff members, all of whom report to the Councilmember.
This internship requires a self-starter with the temperament and skills to manage multiple projects while responding quickly and professionally to those who contact the office.
Gain valuable exposure to the inner-workings of local city governance and the legislative process by interacting with and aiding Councilmembers and their Legislative Assistants;
Develop meaningful relationships with elected officials and other legislative staff members;
Develop greater awareness of local issues by meeting and engaging with important community stakeholders and constituents;
Participate in public policy making process through supporting community engagement, research, policy analysis, and inter-departmental communications with Legislative Assistants and Councilmembers;
Increase valuable communication skills by supporting community engagement to respond to proposed legislation and other pertinent issues;
Further develop critical problem-solving skills.
Assist Legislative Assistants by drafting written responses to inquiries from constituents, answering constituent calls, and assisting with additional follow up to constituents by phone, email or letter;
Support and conduct public policy research and analysis;
Draft issue briefings for the Councilmember, as needed, and assist in making policy and programming recommendations for Councilmember’s consideration;
Support Legislative Assistants in development of community engagement strategies;
Assist with special projects or other duties, as assigned by the Legislative Assistants or Councilmember O’Brien.
Currently enrolled in a Master’s program and Work Study eligible;
Strong research and analytical skills, and the ability to decipher complex issues;
Excellent written and oral communication skills;
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;