American Hotel and Lodging Association company profile

Government Affairs - Federal - Summer Intern

Job Location

Washington, DC - Washington, DC, United States

Job Description

American Hotel & Lodging Association:
Who We Are and What We Do.
For more than 100 years, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has been the foremost representative of and advocate for the U.S. lodging industry. We are the only national association that represents all segments of an industry that is among the 10 largest business sectors in America. We advocate for our members so they can do their best at what matters most: serving guests, employees, and their communities.
From major global brands to small inns and bed & breakfasts, AHLA provides a singular voice that brings together the industry’s multitude of constituents. Our industry is incredibly diverse and represents everyone from brand CEOs to independent hotel owners, general managers, and hotel staff and is an integral contributor to the American economy. Our offices are located in Washington, D.C.

AHLA Internship Program
AHLA offers paid summer internship opportunities: in government relations, membership services, partnership development, communications/marketing, administration/ops, and in the AHLA Foundation (AHLAF). We strive to offer a comprehensive internship program that provides insight into association work and vast exposure to the hotel and lodging industry, including hands-on learning and the opportunity to create a relevant portfolio to present to future employers. 
Interns will be based at our headquarters in D.C., where they will participate in initiatives such as policy, advocacy, communications, member engagement, strategic partnerships, or one of our many AHLAF programs. Interns will also participate in training and development opportunities. The program starts in June and finishes in August. Interns will be paid $20/hour bi-weekly and will be expected to work 40 hours per week. In addition to competitive hourly pay, AHLA offers all interns a transportation stipend of $75 per month to help absorb commuting costs.
The 2024 Internship program will be “in-person” and located in the Washington DC office. Interns are responsible for their own health insurance, housing, and travel expenses to and from Washington, D.C.

How do I apply?
To be eligible, you must be a rising junior, rising senior, or graduate student and available for the duration of the internship program. Candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S., have a strong interest in the hospitality industry, and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and a resume by 5:00 pm EDT on March 1, 2024. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis and final decisions will be made no later than March 26, 2024.

Job Requirements

Government Affairs - Federal
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Research and track legislative, regulatory and political activity.
- Virtually attend congressional hearings, state legislative hearings and/or briefings and create summaries.
- Participate in writing and editing talking points, policy papers, backgrounders, and other publications.
- Schedule, prepare packets for, and attend meetings with public officials.
- Attend and provide support for internal meetings, in terms of gathering and assembling information, coordinate with staff to develop agendas, and ensure proper follow-up and output, including meeting summaries.
- Assist the government affairs coordinator with the AHLA Political Action Committee Hotel PAC and Hotel PAC branding materials.
- Attend meetings and events to include but not limited to: AHLA-sponsored events, relevant AHLA committee meetings, PAC events and relevant congressional hearings.
- Co-Design and lead one internal “Lunch & Learn” Seminar outlining knowledge obtained and value-added from participation in the AHLA summer internship program.

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AHLA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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