Government Relations & Public Policy Fellow

Organizational Description: 

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to support empowering youth-adult relationships throughout Massachusetts. Our vision is that every young person has the opportunity to be involved in empowering youth-adult relationships to create more vibrant and resilient communities. MMP is working with established mentoring programs, youth serving organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, and academic institutions to strengthen the program and organizational practices that contribute to the resiliency of youth, families and communities. We currently work with over 250 programs supporting over 33,000 youth in sustained, consistent and supported relationships by assessing programmatic needs and organizational capacity and providing customized strategies that create stronger and more effective programs and youth-adult interactions. MMP is committed to building a culturally diverse staff of professionals who are motivated to address diversity issues within our own work and constituencies with whom we work. Candidates of color, bilingual and bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Our environment is fast-paced, responsive to innovation, committed to organizational learning and promotes staff development. MMP is a small staff working in a high leverage environment.

Position Summary: 

MMP is committed to raising awareness about youth mentoring and developmental relationships as policy solutions to social problems and driving increased financial resources to youth mentoring and youth development programs. MMP is seeking an intern to work with the Manager of Government Relations & Public Policy to execute state level budget and policy advocacy campaigns to benefit mentoring programs and other youth-serving organizations, and to research and track budget and policy activity on the federal, state and local level relevant to mentoring programs as well as other youth-serving organizations.

Position Requirements: 
  • Commitment to and belief in the mission of Mass Mentoring Partnership
  • Current college or graduate student; BA or BS degree; political science, international relations, public policy and journalism majors
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work and connect with diverse communities, people and partners, and a commitment to promoting inclusion in all practices and efforts
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite and Google platform Familiarity with state politics preferred
Responsibilities: 
  • Help prepare for and schedule meetings with legislators and their staff, state agency administrators, municipal officials and public policy colleagues in other organizations
  • Draft budget and policy fact sheets, letters and action alert communications
  • Participate in advocacy trainings for program staff, volunteers and youth Update training materials and presentations
  • Update speaking points and other support materials for legislative meetings
  • Track individual legislator support of youth mentoring related budget and policy items and conduct data entry on training activities
  • Conduct research on public policy relevant to youth mentoring and youth development
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Manager of Government Relations & Public Policy
How to Apply: 

Please email your resume and a cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity (both in Word format) to the Manager of Government Relations & Public Policy, Chelsea Aquino, at caquino@massmentors.org, subject line "Government Relations & Public Policy Fellow". Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Mass Mentoring Partnership provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees.

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, August 2, 2017