Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Internship Opportunities

Internship Program

The Ruckelshaus Center is a joint effort of the University of Washington and Washington State University and is dedicated to assisting public, private, tribal, non-profit and other community leaders in their efforts to build consensus and collaboratively resolve conflicts around difficult public policy issues.

The Ruckelshaus Center Internship Program is designed to provide meaningful hands-on experience for graduate students, recent graduates and work-study approved students interested in the field of collaborative public policy. Interns are exposed to current public policy issues in the State of WA and Pacific Northwest and gain insight into the practice of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Collaborative Governance.

The Center’s Internship Program also provides opportunities to work side by side with professionals and mentors on real collaborative public policy projects and to cultivate collaborative skill sets needed to be successful in the field.

Intern Responsibilities

Internship assignments vary but all interns are assigned a Center faculty or staff mentor and provide project support, conduct research, participate in training development activities, provide support for Center events, and gain valuable office experience.

Assignments may also include:

• Working with Center faculty, staff and affiliated practitioners to conduct collaborative public policy assessments and to plan, design, and facilitate public policy meetings.
• Researching and writing project reports, some informal for internal use, and some that will go to large groups of community leaders and policy makers.
• Preparing background or briefing materials for the Center’s Advisory Board and helping to track lessons learned from Center projects.
• Supporting the Center’s Collaborative Capacity Building Program.
• Helping write grants and proposals for new projects.
• Attending and presenting at various conferences.

***All internship positions are currently filled, however, the Ruckelshaus Center accepts resumes and applications on a continuous basis, as our projects are always evolving.
Development Internship

About the Internship

The Development Internship is an opportunity to provide event, foundation, donor, and general support to Ruckelshaus Center staff. The goal of this internship is to give interns hands-on experience that will improve and expand not only their skill set, but also their value and appeal to future employers.

Interns will work closely with the development officer based in Seattle on various fundraising initiatives. The development intern will have the opportunity to build communication and development skills in the following areas:

  • Current donor engagement
  • Future donor outreach
  • Online communication
  • In-person communication
  • Financial reviews

Events

Interns will assist Development and Center staff in the planning and execution of the Center’s annual Chairman’s Circle and Statespersonship Luncheons. The goal of this portion of the internship is to provide interns with concrete experience in development and event planning by working on the following projects:

  • Assist Development Officer, Lead, Committee and others in brainstorming themes, content, and design for event materials
  • Provide communication support with mailings, guest follow-up, and other efforts as needed
  • Assist with updating/maintaining the event registration databases and tracking RSVPs
  • Assist with managing sponsors and table captains (i.e. send updates, reminders, materials, etc.)
  • Assist with putting together program presentation and event flow
  • Conduct research to inform VIP profiles for internal use
  • Assist with drafting press releases/coordinating media communication, as needed
  • Assist with venue/catering selection
  • Assist in identifying volunteer roles, manage volunteers
  • Provide day-of event support with troubleshooting and guest registration
  • Assist with the writing and sending of thank you messaging and receipting after the event

Foundation Research

Interns will assist in building upon the Ruckelshaus Center’s existing foundation directory to create a more comprehensive information database to inform the Center’s foundation outreach and grant submission strategies. You will do this by:

  • Conducting grant/foundation research to determine:
    • What is the foundation and who/what do they support? What are their values (if any)?
    • What are grant opportunities that the Ruckelshaus Center might apply for? How do they fit the Center’s vision, mission, goals and priorities?
    • What is the submission process for these proposals? What deadlines exist, if any? What (if any) prerequisites are there for submission and being approved?
    • What (if any) specific language may be most appropriate for this foundation/proposal?
  • Use this information to create grant/foundation “profiles” to inform the Center’s foundation strategy
  • May also participate in writing grant proposals

Donor Stewardship/Outreach

  • Assist Development Officer in identifying creative and strategic ways to inform and engage donors and other Center audiences
  • Update and maintain integrity of donor/contact management database including donor information, transactions and other records.
  • Assist Development Officer in sending timely and meaningful thank-you letters, receipts and renewal reminders
  • Assist Development Team in coordinating donor sit-downs and other stewardship/appeal initiatives
  • Draft and coordinate sending of year-end appeal

How to Apply

This is a paid position ($16/hour). Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, with an intended start date of June 2018. To apply, submit the following materials with the subject line “Development Internship Application” to ruckelshauscenter@wsu.edu.

  • Cover Letter that describes: 1) your interest in working for the Ruckelshaus Center; 2) statement of intent/goals (i.e. what do you want out of this internship, and how will this experience advance your career goals?); and 3) any previous experience with development, events and/or foundation research/relations
  • Resume/CV
  • Three professional references and their contact information
  • Short writing sample (one to five pages)

For more information, contact either Operations Manager Maria Anguiano at m.anguiano@wsu.edu, or current Development Intern Terri Gu at terri.gu@wsu.edu.

Project Internship

Overview

The internship experience is designed for graduate students and recent graduates to gain practical experience, under supervision, in a real world setting. This is a paid position. Duties will be varied and may contain a combination of project support, research, training development and administrative tasks.

Project Support

Support the Center’s current and potential projects, including logistics, scheduling, note taking, and summaries for project meetings. In addition, may provide project research and writing including analytic reports, some informal for internal use, and some that will go to large groups of community leaders and policy makers, including federal and state elected officials, tribal leaders, and others to be posted on our web site. All of these will require research and analysis, and independent, complete work. Perform data gathering through normal web, library and field research, perhaps including interviews. Position may include project coordination and preparation of background or briefing materials for the Center’s board or others, participation in project team strategy sessions, and/or helping to track lessons learned from Center projects.

Research

Provide support for conducting research and drafting project and research reports. The Center provides university-based applied research and fact finding to help establish a common information base that is often a critical step in the development of a collaborative solution to a complex public policy challenge.

Training

Support the development and management of programs that provide knowledge, training and infrastructure development to improve the collaborative problem-solving capacity of individuals and institutions in the region. The Center’s training programs (delivered in-person or via technology) are tailored to the individual needs of organizations and institutions participating—or preparing to participate—in collaborative public policy processes. The Center’s trainings also focus on developing the collaborative capacities of policy makers in deliberative bodies such as legislatures, commissions and councils.

Administrative Tasks

Perform a variety of duties in support of the Center. Includes logistics, scheduling, note taking, meeting summaries, facilitating staff meetings, filing, correspondence, responding to inquiries, as well as other duties. Administrative duties will not be the major focus of the intern’s role. However, being exposed to such duties does provide for an in-depth, broad experience with the Center and its operations. And the Center has an “all hands on deck” approach under which all core staff members participate in ensuring administrative tasks are completed.

Supervision

Interns report directly to the Center’s Operations Manager, but will also be assigned a Center faculty or staff mentor and may work directly with that person. Interns are encouraged to have interactions with all Center faculty and staff, and may have the opportunity to interact with the Center’s Advisory Board, stakeholders and partners at the universities and in the communities.

How to Apply

This is a paid position ($15/hour). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, submit the following materials with the subject line “Project Internship Application” to ruckelshauscenter@wsu.edu.

  • Cover Letter that describes your interest in working for the Ruckelshaus Center, and any previous experience with development, events and/or foundation research/relations
  • Resume/CV
  • Three professional references and their contact information
  • Writing sample

For more information, contact either Operations Manager Maria Anguiano at m.anguiano@wsu.edu, or Senior Project Lead Amanda Murphy at amanda.g.murphy@wsu.edu.

Project Intern - Health Policy Engagements

Overview

The internship experience is designed for graduate students and recent graduates to gain practical experience in applied health policy, under supervision in a sponsored engagement. This is a paid position. Duties are varied and may contain a combination of project team support for collaborative process design and implementation, research and administrative tasks.

Project Support

Team participation on collaborative process design and implementation. Support for the Center’s current and potential projects, including logistics, note taking, and summaries for project and facilitated meetings and assessments, as appropriate. May provide project research and writing, including reports, graphics and summaries for internal and external use (may include policy makers, including state elected and appointed officials, as well as unions, advocacy groups, providers, payers, associations and others). May require research and analysis in both team and independent settings. Perform data/information gathering through normal web, library and field work, including potential interviewing. Position may include project coordination and preparation of background or briefing materials for the Center’s Advisory Board or others, active participation in project team strategy sessions, and debriefing lessons learned during project milestones. Some local and/or regional travel required.

Research

Provide support for conducting research and drafting project and research reports. The Center provides university-based applied research and fact finding to help establish a common information base that is often a critical step in the development of a collaborative solution to complex health policy challenges.

Training

Support the development and management of programs that provide knowledge, training and infrastructure development to improve the collaborative problem-solving capacity of individuals and institutions in the region. The Center’s training programs (delivered in-person or via technology) are tailored to the individual needs of organizations and institutions participating—or preparing to participate—in collaborative public policy processes. The Center’s trainings also focus on developing the collaborative capacities of policy makers in deliberative bodies such as legislatures, commissions, councils and workgroups.

Administrative Tasks

Perform a variety of duties to support the Center. Includes logistics, scheduling, note taking, meeting summaries, facilitating staff meetings, filing, correspondence, responding to inquiries, as well as other duties. Administrative duties will not be the major focus of the intern’s role. However, exposure to such duties provides for an in-depth, broad experience with the Center and its operations. The Center has an “all hands on deck” philosophy under which all core staff members participate in ensuring administrative tasks are completed.

Supervision

Interns report directly to the Center’s Operations Manager but will also be assigned a Center faculty or staff mentor, based on project needs, and will work directly with that person. Interns are encouraged to have interactions with all Center faculty and staff, and may have the opportunity to interact with the Center’s Advisory Board, stakeholders and partners at the universities and in the communities.

How to Apply

This is a paid position ($16/hour). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, submit the following materials with the subject line “Health Policy – Project Internship Application” to ruckelshauscenter@wsu.edu.

  • Cover Letter that describes your interest in working for the Ruckelshaus Center, your intent/goals if hired and any previous experience with health, healthcare or related social services/public policy. (Serves as a writing sample; maximum three pages).
  • Resume/CV
  • Three professional references and contact information

For more information, contact either Operations Manager Maria Anguiano at m.anguiano@wsu.edu, Senior Facilitator of Health Policy Kevin Harris at kevin.harris2@wsu.edu or Senior Project Lead Amanda Murphy at amanda.g.murphy@wsu.edu.

 

Download Internship Overview

Updated on May 30, 2018