About Preservation Austin
Preservation Austin exists to empower Austinites to shape a more inclusive, resilient, and meaningful community culture through preservation. Our nonprofit works to inspire Austinites to become advocates for historic preservation, with a small team dedicated to advocacy, programming, and outreach.
About the Job
Advocacy and public policy are a core part of Preservation Austin’s work in this rapidly changing city. The Policy Intern will play an essential role in tracking and analyzing policy issues, particularly at the local level. This position reports to the Executive Director and will collaborate with Preservation Austin’s Advocacy Committee, including board members and community volunteers. Applicants must be able to jump in to manage the following daily and project-based tasks:
- Monitor cases and decisions of the Historic Landmark Commission;
- Monitor cases and decisions of Austin’s City Council and other commissions, as relevant;
- Monitor preservation-related news items;
- Perform policy research and data analysis;
- Develop position statements and advocacy letters;
- Coordinate meetings and select correspondence with elected officials;
- Develop advocacy and educational messaging for social media, newsletter articles, and blog posts.
Intern will work remotely but must be available for weekly check-ins by Zoom, and preferably for monthly meetings of our Advocacy Committee (first Wednesday of each month from noon to 1:30pm).
10-15 hours per week, $15/hour. Preservation Austin does not offer health benefits or paid vacation for temporary employees.
- Show a passion for advocacy and public policy – you love a good cause and enjoy seeing democracy at work!
- Excellent writing skills, familiarity with social media, and understanding of how quality content and tone contribute to our nonprofit’s public image.
- Demonstrate effective organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines, and keep managers aware of project statuses. Attention to detail is key.
- Proficient in using social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram) and software (Squarespace, Canva, Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Adobe Creative Cloud).
- Experience with GIS mapping, data analysis, and/or statistics is a plus.
- Ability to work remotely and maintain open communication while online with team members.
- Ability to attend Historic Landmark Commission virtual meetings on the fourth Monday of each month, or review video in its entirety shortly thereafter.
What It Takes
- Bachelor’s or master’s degree in progress, preferably in public policy, political science, urban studies, or historic preservation.
- Access to a laptop computer and internet.
Interested? Applications are due September 3, 2021.
Submit your resume, cover letter, and interview availability via email to Executive Director Lindsey Derrington at email@example.com. Copy Programs and Outreach Planner Meghan King at firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Policy Intern Application” in the email subject line.
No phone calls, please.
Temporary / Seasonal
Preservation Austin exists to empower Austinites to shape a more inclusive, resilient, and meaningful community culture through preservation.