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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 10 weeks, at least 10-20 hours/week. Actual days and times are flexible to meet the intern's schedule.

Young Adults and Mental Health. This intern will assist with, NAMI’s online resource center and social networking website for young adults, and NAMI on Campus, NAMI’s program for college students. The intern will be responsible for helping to create new resources and materials for NAMI on Campus and updating the program. The intern will also work on promoting and posting content on the site. This exciting internship offers the opportunity to learn about the lived experience of young adults and to truly make a difference in their lives by providing resources, support, hope and strength. The ideal candidate will have extensive social networking knowledge, strong writing skills, creative talents and a passion for mental health.

Criminal Justice Resources Development: This intern will focus on developing written resources for individuals with mental illness and their families who caught up in the justice system. Tasks may include conducting phone interviews, researching collaborating with and writing. This intern should be able to synthesize complex issues for a lay audience. Familiarity with the justice system is a plus.

Military and Veterans Policy and Support Web Content Intern. This intern will audit the Veterans and Military Resource Center website audit aimed at optimizing web content and web experience. This intern will be responsible for helping to update web content, as well as adding/removing/editing content. Some editing and proofreading of will be necessary. The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills and an ability to interface with the content provider. Tasks require strong attention to detail.

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.
Job Specifications
Position Type: Internship
Department: Policy & Legal Affairs
Contact Information
Contact Name: Laura Usher
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