Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is known for its continuous efforts to pave the way for leading a brighter future for families in need. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 1,000,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than one million people. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow.
The Office of Government Relations and Advocacy (GRA) leads Habitat’s efforts to advocate for systems, policies and attitudes that advance adequate, affordable housing around the world. Based in Washington, D.C., the GRA team builds the organization’s advocacy capacity by providing the global Habitat network with strategic direction and support to effect change and allow Habitat to serve more families. Additionally, the GRA team maintains relationships with members of Congress, government agencies, non-profits, international organizations, and other policymakers in Washington, D.C. and around the world to inform, advocate, educate, and provide linkages to the field.
As a Global Advocacy Campaign Intern, you will support the remaining months of HFHI’s first-ever global advocacy campaign, Solid Ground, to improve access to land for shelter. The position will work directly with Habitat’s Global Advocacy Campaign Director and other staff in Habitat’s Government Relations and Advocacy Office as well as our Global Advocacy Team. You will learn from participation on a wide array of projects related to Habitat’s international policy work and the global campaign. You will focus on supporting campaign communications strategy and managing many of its communications channels including the Solid Ground microsite and the campaign blog, newsletters, action alerts, and social media. You will also support the development of tools and resources for Habitat’s country offices.
This position is a 3-5 days/week, unpaid internship based at our Government Relations and Advocacy office (Washington, D.C.)
This is September 2019 – December 2019.
- Support the final year of HFHI’s first-ever global advocacy campaign.
- Manage content development and metrics analysis for campaign social media channels and support campaign microsite upkeep to increase public support for land access for shelter.
- Produce regular content for the microsite blog and support reaching out to other authors.
- Develop tools and resources to support network capacity building.
- Track and monitor global policy and advocacy success.
- Attend external meetings, forums and events as requested by staff.
- Additional responsibilities as needed and desired.
- Understanding of international development and related policies
- Experience managing social media channels (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram)
- Ability to conduct research
- Exceptional writing, editing, and communication skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Campaign, international and/or housing experience
You will gain a deeper understanding of how a global non-profit is moving beyond one house at a time and increasing its impact through changing policies that affect adequate shelter. Successful candidates will be joining at the beginning of the global campaign, helping to build resources and define strategy for the next three years. In addition to the campaign, you will be exposed to other aspects of Habitat’s government relations and advocacy work and will acquire a firm grasp of housing sector and various advocacy tactics.