Do you have a passion for travel and tourism? An understanding of public and governmental advocacy? Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) is looking for a motivated, thoughtful, and creative Advocacy Intern to join our team.
As the global trade association for official destination organizations, our job is to support more than 600 tourism destinations in more than 15 countries with resources, research, networking opportunities, professional development and certification programs. Our membership includes a wide variety of tourism destinations, from the smallest town to the largest country, including convention and visitor bureaus, regional tourism boards, state and provincial tourism offices, and national tourism boards. These organizations are tasked with the long-term development of their respective communities through a travel and tourism strategy.
DMAI is looking for a motivated, thoughtful, and creative Advocacy Intern to join our team. Candidates chosen will have an attention to detail, understanding of public and governmental advocacy, knowledge of grassroots activities, and display a passion for travel, destination development, and/or community engagement. Our goal is to fuel the intern’s knowledge, build skills, and develop a passion for travel development and promotion.
- Interested in travel related issues and policies
- Strong writing, research, and communication skills
- An undergraduate student, recent college graduate or pursuing an advanced degree relevant in the field (Government Relations, Political Science, Public Policy or Tourism and Travel Management)
- Detail-oriented with the ability to multitask
- Must have strong organizational skills
- Must be a team player and have a positive attitude
- Must be available to intern for the entire Summer (Fall or year-round opportunities may be available.)
- Candidates must be available at least 15 hours per week
Intern will create member resources and communication strategies for DMAI’s most pressing advocacy projects. This will include strategic initiatives of DMAI as well as assisting with member’s reaction to an immediate crisis. They will work closely with the Chief Advocacy Officer, Vice President of Destination Projects and the Director of Research and Analytics on support for DMAI priority projects. In many cases, work will be on building resources that do not currently exist.
Activities will include, but are not limited to:
- Aid in research, on-going advocacy efforts, coalition building and the development of fact sheets, action alerts and other advocacy materials to address DMAI or member priority areas.
- Aid in the tracking of legislation and issues worldwide and reporting on their status including analyses of movement and possible adoption.
- Aid in the development of web based advocacy tools, templates and resources.
- Participate in industry lobby days at federal and state level.
- On-going and crisis related member outreach efforts by assisting them with action planning, information collection, news releases, and other communications work.
- Gather relevant news stories, social media postings and issue research. This may include the opportunity to produce advocacy related white papers and opinion editorials.
- Assist in the writing of DMAI blog posts as well as coordinating and reviewing guest blog posts by destination experts.
- Assist in the operation of and report production for the DMAI Board of Directors Advocacy Committee.
- Other advocacy and communication activities based on interest and skill set.
At the end of the internship period, the intern will have produced communication materials (press statements, position fact sheets, news articles, letters, blog posts and other materials), advocacy resources and templates, and participated in strategic and crisis planning that support the advocacy efforts for DMAI and its members.
The internship in located in the Washington, D.C. office. The internship is non-salaried. A modest stipend, based on experience and knowledge, will be provided. Approved expenses will be reimbursed. Out of town travel may be required. Remote work can be discussed.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter indicating dates of availability, resume, and the names and phone numbers of two references to email@example.com. Opportunities are available May or June 2017. No phone calls please.