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Intern, Public Policy 

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Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) seeks a student intern that is interested in growing their skills to create impact in the community development financial institutions (CDFIs) industry. In this role, the successful candidate will be responsible for conducting research, monitoring, and tracking legislative and policy issues relevant to the CDFI industry. In addition, the candidate will possess excellent written and oral communication skills, a strong attentiveness to detail, an ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and an eagerness to learn about the political process and congressional affairs.

All majors are considered, but there is a preference for candidates with an interest in government, public policy, and policies impacting the CDFI industry. The intern will work with the Vice President, Public Policy to provide support in the implementation of OFN’s policy priorities, conduct research on relevant community development policy initiatives, interact with industry stakeholders and congressional staff, and perform administrative tasks, as needed.

OFN is a leading national network of CDFIs headquartered in Washington, D.C. In pursuit of our mission to align capital with social, economic, and political justice, OFN supports its 390+ member CDFIs to drive transformational change in financially underserved rural, urban, and Native communities nationwide. We help money flow to people and places where traditional finance doesn’t reach. As a financial intermediary, OFN secures private capital for CDFIs through strategic partnerships with leading corporations such as Google and Twitter (now X), mainstream financial institutions such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo, and philanthropic organizations such as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

OFN builds the strength of its membership and other CDFIs through financial products and services, events, training, research, policy advocacy, and visibility. Currently, OFN has an on-balance sheet loan portfolio of $220 million and manages capital on-and off-balance sheets of nearly $1 billion and has plans to bring an additional $1 billion in new private capital to the industry.

To learn more, visit www.ofn.org

People who work at OFN come from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds. If you have:

  • Passion for the mission and true believer in our core purpose.
  • Courage to be a fearless advocate who is confident and resilient in our fight to drive capital into low-income communities.
  • Smart, quick seekers of knowledge who thrive on creating and developing new strategies, products, and programs for increasing capital to communities we serve.
  • Desire to be a collaborative team player who possesses humility and a willingness to lean in all areas of our work.

Come be a part of our growing diverse, highly committed, skilled, and collaborative staff. At OFN, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive workplace, so if you are excited about this role but your experience does not align perfectly with every qualification, we encourage you to apply. You may be the right candidate for this or other roles.

This position is based in Washington, D.C. All staff and interns currently work a hybrid schedule.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Conduct in-depth research on legislative and policy issues relevant to the CDFI industry.
  • Summarize and analyze proposed legislation and regulations, track key policy developments, and provide timely updates to the team.
  • Assist in preparing briefing materials, reports, and presentations for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Monitor legislative activities at state and federal levels.
  • Assist in the organization of meetings, events, and advocacy campaigns.
 
Position Requirements
  • Currently enrolled in a bachelor's or master's program in political science, public policy, law, or a related field.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of legislative processes and government structures.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity with legislative tracking tools is a plus.

***This paid internship will be approximately 32- 40 hours per week. The internship will run from the end of May through August 2024 with the possibility of continuation into the 2024-2025 academic year. ***

EOE/AA/D/V Supervisor: VP, Public Policy

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to: https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=6095274

 
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time and/or Part-Time  
Salary Range  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Location Washington D.C.  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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