What is the Office of National Affairs (ONA)?
ONA is the Drug Policy Alliance’s primary means of influencing legislation in Congress and drug policy in the White House. ONA’s primary mission is to accomplish substantive policy reform through congressional legislation, hearings and events. This mission is accomplished through lobbying, outreach and education activities. Due to the nature of our work, and limited resources, interns play an integral role in moving ONA’s mission forward.
What do interns do?
The ONA internship program consists of two unpaid positions designed for individuals who are either enrolled in undergraduate or graduate-level study, or who completed their studies within one year of the internship program start date. ONA interns conduct substantive work that is critically linked to both the day-to-day and long-term objectives of the office.
Interns work on a variety of projects, for example:
We strive to ensure that your time with us is meaningful – therefore, we keep administrative and monotonous assignments to a minimum. However, there may be busy times when we may ask you to do several in a week. Also, lobbying activities are reserved for those individuals who are not restricted from conducting such activities as part of a school or educational program that explicitly requests no lobbying for IRS/non-profit status purposes.
We expect interns to complete at least 24 hours per week. We are flexible as to when these hours may be served, but interns must be able to work a minimum of four-hour intervals at a time. Interns are encouraged to work more than 24 hours per week if they are willing and able, and many interns opt to do so. In addition, some ONA interns serve as part of a school-related program that is full-time in nature. Interns and their supervisor will work together to create a regular work schedule with a minimum of 24 hours per week. It is necessary that your supervisor knows what your schedule will be each week for strategic planning purposes.
What can I expect as an intern?
Please contact Queen Adesuyi, Policy Associate, with questions by email: ONAInternships@drugpolicy.org.