Legislative Intern

Position Details:

Job Title: Legislative Intern                 Location: Montana

Start Date: January 2, 2017                 End Date: April 30, 2017

Reports To: Deputy Director

Hours/Week: 5.5 hours per week for 18 weeks     

Credits: 2 for 100 hours of work

Application Deadline: December 10, 2016


Organizational Overview: Forward Montana is a homegrown, youth-led, grassroots organization working to mobilize and engage young Montanans to use the democratic process to improve their lives and the lives of their fellow Montanans.

Position Overview: Forward Montana’s Legislative Intern (intern) will be responsible for the organization's legislative bill tracking during the 65th Montana Legislative session. Forward Montana’s 2017 policy priorities are  public lands, LGBTQ equality, student debt and voting rights. As a representative for the organization, the intern will be working remotely and expected to accomplish assigned projects on time and effectively. Further, interns should feel comfortable advocating for progressive policy change that creates a more just, inclusive and sustainable Montana.

Forward Montana is dedicated to grassroots training new leaders through hands-on activism; as such, the fellowship provides lots opportunity for professional development. Applicants should be self motivated and accountable while bringing a sense of humor to their work.



Internship responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Tracking legislation relevant to the public policy goals set forth by Forward Montana

  • Participation in the coordination of a legislative lobby day for young Montanans

  • Submission of weekly, and when appropriate, daily reports on legislation and legislative events to Forward Montana’s executive staff

  • Presenting themselves in a professional and thoughtful manner at all relevant legislative events


Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a working knowledge of legislative processes

  • Assess and augment existing public policy programs

  • Prioritize time to accomplish goals of public policy program

  • Improve communication skills through public speaking, regular intra-organizational communication and emails to organizational members

  • Collaborate with coalition partners to move forward legislation that is relevant to Forward Montana’s values


Academic Requirements and Evaluations:

The intern will be reviewed at both the mid-term mark and at the end of the semester by the Deputy Director at Forward Montana and their Faculty Internship Advisor. Additionally, the intern will be required to meet weekly with the Deputy Director to assess progress, organizational goals, and professional development.

Students in all academic disciplines, women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume no later than December 10 to Kiah Abbey at kiah@forwardmontana.org. Contact Kiah Abbey directly with questions at 406-672-8004.