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NAMI Public Policy and Advocacy Internships - Arlington VA

Job Description
NAMI’s policy team is looking for computer savvy, inquisitive and dedicated interns to assist with a variety of projects key to the success of our organization.

What’s in it for me? Interns will have the opportunity to: work on a multi-disciplinary team of national mental health policy experts; be exposed to a variety of mental health policy issues and have a key role in a project that will make a difference for NAMI’s members.

Who would you be working with? NAMI is the largest grassroots organization focused on improving the lives of millions of Americans affected by mental illness. These unpaid internships would work with NAMI’s policy team, which advocates at the federal and state levels on issues of importance to people living with mental illness and their families across the life span. The team works on children’s issues, criminalization of mental illness, veterans issues, federal advocacy and provides policy and advocacy support to NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates nationwide.

Interns will be expected to commit to 8-12 weeks, with a minimum of 20 hours/week. Actual days and times are flexible to meet the intern's schedule.

Send cover letter, resume and one-page writing sample to with the subject heading “policy internship.” Please specify in your cover letter one or two of the projects below that are of greatest interest to you and tailor your letter to that project.

Young Adults and Social Networking: This internship will primarily consist of working on, NAMI’s online resource center and social networking website for young adults. Responsibilities include interacting with community members on, promoting and developing new resources to post on the site. This exciting internship offers the opportunity to learn about the lived experience of young adults living with mental health conditions and to truly make a difference in their lives by providing resources, support, hope and strength.

Election campaign: Election campaign: This internship entails community organizing with volunteers at the state and local level and assisting with a social media campaign to promote voter registration, connecting with candidates and get out the vote activities. The social media campaign will involve blogging, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Criminal Justice web project: This intern will work on creating new content and updating existing content on criminal justice issues for the NAMI website. This intern will help develop resources on a range of evidence based practices to respond to people with mental illness in the criminal justice system. He or she will also review existing content for style, design and the most up-to-date research.
Job Specifications
Position Type: Part-Time
Department: Policy
Contact Information
Contact Name: Laura Usher
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