Federal Relations Summer Intern

 Trust for Public Land Federal Relations Internship

Anticipated Start Date: May 2024
Location: Washington DC preferred, remote possible

General: The Federal Relations team at Trust for Public Land (TPL) is seeking a highly motivated undergraduate student or recent graduate for a Summer 2024 internship. Our team is dedicated to TPL’s mission to create parks and protect land for people. We are responsible for TPL’s federal policy strategy and advocacy, including appropriating federal funds for conservation programs, ensuring equitable outdoor access, protecting public lands, and increasing opportunities for outdoor recreation.
The Federal Relations Intern’s primary responsibilities will involve assisting the Federal Relations team in the research and advocacy for schoolyards and urban parks legislation, two priorities of TPL’s federal work. The internship will also include assorted administrative, clerical, and programmatic tasks as well as. These duties will be in support of staff’s lobbying activities on Capitol Hill and our federal grants management.


  • Support the implementation of our national campaign to increase funding for local parks across the country
  • Research federal schoolyards and urban park legislation, tracking support and opportunities to engage members of Congress
  • Research and track federal grant and funding programs focused on increasing equitable access to the outdoors
  • Conduct research and prepare blogs, advocacy letters, fact sheets, internal communications, and press releases related to schoolyards and park equity
  • Track outreach and communication to members of Congress
  • Attend lobby meetings, coalition meetings, federal agency webinars, etc.
  • Participate in regular team and organizational meetings
  • Perform general administrative duties in support of assigned project work
Minimum Requirements:
  • At least 3 months experience in an internship position required. Policy and/or government experience strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated desire to learn about our work
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Self-motivated, passionate, and professional
  • Must be a team player; ability to work both independently and in a collaborative environment
  • Willingness to adapt and remain flexible as projects and priorities change
  • Basic computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs

Compensation and Time Commitment
This is a paid internship at $17/hour.
Applicants must be able to work 16-32 hours per week. Internship runs about 12 weeks, from mid-May through mid-August.

About the Organization:
At the Trust for Public Land, we don't just save land—we save land for people to enjoy, from neighborhood parks to national parks. We depend on the ongoing support of individuals to make sure our work carries on well into the future.
Our mission is to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Every park, playground, and public space we create is an open invitation to explore, wonder, discover, and play. We're proud to say that we've been connecting communities to the outdoors—and to each other—since 1972. Today, millions of Americans live within a 10-minute walk of a park or natural area we helped create, and countless more visit every year.