NHCSL - Comcast NBCUniversal Fellowship
The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) is the preeminent organization serving and representing the interests of Hispanic state legislators from all states, commonwealths, and territories of the United States. Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for joint action on issues of common concern to all segments of the Hispanic community; a forum for information exchange and member networking; an institute for leadership training; a liaison with sister U.S. Hispanic organizations throughout the country; and a promoter of public/private partnerships with business and labor. NHCSL is affiliated to The Council of State Governments (CSG).
This Policy Fellow position is designed to provide recent graduates of graduate-level (i.e. Master's or Doctorate's) or law programs with a professional, meaningful and practical work experience related to the individual's field of study or career interest, with an emphasis on internet, technology and telecommunications policy, media policy and content, culture and speech policy, workforce diversity, demographics studies and the Census, and other related policy areas. The Policy Fellow will collaborate with NHCSL staff in those research areas, as well as adding work on other NHCSL policy areas like Education, Healthcare, Immigration, Economic Development and other issues such as Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Criminal and Social Justice, Employment, Labor and Job Training, Environment, Energy, Infrastructure and Transportation.
The NHCSL-Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation Fellowship Program is structured as a 12-month program based in Washington DC that provides valuable professional experience in a non-profit think-tank environment, as well as the opportunity to gain hands-on public policy experience at the national and state levels.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Conduct research on federal, state and local issues that impact the Hispanic community and recommend policy solutions that address disparities and/or improve the quality of life for Hispanics;
- Draft resolutions on different policy issues that may serve as the basis for legislative action; provide support to Hispanic state legislators in their role as policymakers;
- Design and execute an NHCSL policy briefing as well as research a public policy paper connected with the topic of the policy briefing;
- Attend policy briefings, local think-tank events, professional development workshops and Hispanic sister organizations' events;
- Increase the inclusion of Hispanic issues in underserved public policy areas;
- Participate in National Policy Task Force meetings and meet with distinguished leaders from a range of professional backgrounds and engage in substantive policy discussions.
Skills & Abilities
- The applicant must show a strong commitment in policy research and positively advocating for the Hispanic community;
- Evidence of leadership skills and potential for leadership growth;
- Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to present complex information in a concise and accessible way;
- Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.
Experience and Education Requirements
- Graduate-level degree (Master's or Doctorate's) or law program (Juris Doctor or Master's in Law) completion required;
- High academic achievement (preference of 3.0 GPA or above).
Physical Requirements Essential To Perform The Duties Of The Job
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Frequently communicates with internal and external coworkers, members and policy makers;
- Frequently operates a computer to perform duties such as drafting reports and conducting research;
- Frequently remains in a stationary position to perform desk duties;
- Occasionally walks throughout office to communicate to coworkers.
Compensation and Benefits
- Annual salary of $50,000;
- Health insurance coverage, including dental and vision;
- Paid personal time and paid sick leave;
- Other benefits.
Interested applicants must complete the online application and include resume, cover letter, writing sample and 3 professional references. The writing sample should demonstrate research conducted with verifiably sourced facts.
NHCSL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Interested applicants must complete the online application through CSG’s applicant portal:
CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled)