Intern Government & Community Engagement

Position Overview: Parents as Teachers National Center is looking for someone with an interest in public policy and the legislative process surrounding early childhood education and home visiting services, and in advocacy to improve access to effective family engagement in early childhood health and learning and school readiness strategies. The candidate should have an interest in online engagement, strong oral and written communication skills, be detail-oriented, and a self-starter.  Serving as a practicum student in the Government and Community Engagement Department at Parents as Teachers national office provides a unique opportunity to work closely with a national non-profit organization on both federal and state early childhood education issues. We also provide opportunities for research, writing, some analysis--and exposure to real world advocacy experience. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Help monitor Federal and state legislation related to early learning; draft letters-to-the-editor, monitor news; help create advocacy materials; help build online support for PAT and early learning; and, assist with some legislator engagement.

  • Assist with gathering information and developing state profiles

  • State of the State monitoring and tracking (Spring)

  • Assist with gathering information and developing webinars and toolkits for program use

  • Join/attend weekly meetings with Director of Advocacy (state and federal issues)


  • Parents as Teachers Foundational Training (3 Days)

  • External policy & advocacy webinars as available/assigned/desired

Research/Writing/External Relations/Social Media

  • Research (topics as assigned)

  • Assist with writing op/eds, letters to the editor other writing projects as assigned, articles for newsletter, success stories

  • Crafting fact sheets, proofing/formatting documents

  • Drafting public comments as they arise

  • Help crafting tweets and social media outreach as opportunities needed and help organizing Twitter account into monitoring lists

  • monitoring and collecting news clips

State Policy and Advocacy

  • State profile fact sheets for states as assigned

  • Learn how to use the legislative monitoring and tracking system (TrackBill)

  • Write, launch and monitor a state advocacy campaign on Voter Voice

  • Attend meetings/shadow calls with state coalitions

Advocacy Capacity Building

  • Support the development resources from concept through design

  • Create companion presentations and assist in the recording of a companion webinar to support new resources

  • Provide advocacy training on new resources

Federal Policy and Advocacy

  • Shadow on national coalition calls

  • Draft or edit public comment opportunities as they arise

Missouri Policy & Advocacy

  • Visit Jefferson City during session

  • Support advocacy day planning / events

  • Assist with MOPATA efforts and events


  • Meet/interview staff in each department to learn organizational structure and roles (as assigned)

  • Reflect on management goals during (amount of time TBD by practicum requirements) bi-weekly supervision meetings with AG

  • Assist with gathering information for advocacy grant proposals TBD


Education and/or Experience:

  • Senior, grad student or recent college graduate


Computer Skills: 

  • Above average computer skills and ability to learn specialized software

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite of applications

Language Skills: 

  • Above average ability to gather data

  • Highly organized with attention to detail

Work Environment: 

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



**Please note that this internship will evolve as Parents as Teachers National Center opportunities evolve. This intern experience description is not intended to limit the experience to items listed on this page. As the student identifies areas that he/she would like to grow in, we will make every effort to ensure that they gather the desired experience(s) necessary to be successful in their careers.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae, along with names and contact information of three references, to