National Initiatives Intern

ORGANIZATION: U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (Federal Government Agency)

LOCATION: 1275 First Street, NE, NOMA/Gallaudet, Washington, D.C.

START DATE/DURATION: April 2014; Part-Time Position

SALARY: $10/Hour

DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES

The mission of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is to coordinate the Federal response on homelessness and to create a national partnership at every level of government and with the private sector to reduce and end homelessness in the nation while maximizing the effectiveness of the Federal Government in contributing to the end of homelessness. Currently USICH is implementing the first-ever Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End homelessness, Opening Doors, as the Administration’s response to this important issue. USICH is comprised of 19 federal agencies and entities and currently chaired by Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.

USICH is seeking a part-time administrative intern to support its work. The position will offer exposure to a range of USICH work with a focus on the state and community-level activities. The intern will work perform a variety of administrative duties to support the National Initiatives team, which may include document preparation, travel planning, answering calls, facilitating webinar and conference calls and responding to questions of a non-policy nature. Assignments will also include note taking, research support, drafting correspondence and maintaining current information on state and community issues related to homelessness. Work may entail contact and discussion with top personnel at Council member and other government agencies, congressional staff, and the housing industry. Assignments may include work to support key initiatives, projects with policy leads and strategic communications tasks that support the goals of Opening Doors.

EXPERIENCE

Applicants must be self-starters who are flexible, able to balance multiple competing tasks, work well under tight deadlines, and have excellent organizational skills. Additionally, applicants must have the ability to perform research, think critically, write succinctly, manage multiple deadlines, and work both independently and in a team-based environment. Domestic policy knowledge and/or experience is a plus but not required. Experience with/knowledge of (USICH member) federal agencies’ events process and organizational structures a plus. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience preferred. Position requires knowledge of Microsoft Office products and professional English writing and grammar conventions.

HOW TO APPLY

If interested, contact jobs@usich.gov. With your inquiry, please include a cover letter which includes your availability and resume.

Position open until filled.

USICH is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. This position requires a background check. Direct Deposit is mandatory. This is a federal government, excepted service (Schedule A) position, open to all candidates with or without prior federal government experience.

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