Government Affairs Intern, Summer 2013 (Paid)

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) seeks to design a more sustainable, livable, and beautiful world. Landscape architects create city master plans, design ecosystems, develop innovative park projects like the High Line in New York City, roll out bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and renew residential landscapes. ASLA represents some 16,000 landscape architects in the U.S. and around the world.

ASLA seeks a full-time government affairs intern for the Summer 2013 semester, June through August. The government affairs intern will assist the government affairs staff with researching, analyzing, and reporting on legislation and policies of interest to landscape architects.  Policy areas include active transportation, water and stormwater management, land use and management, healthy living issues, and planning and design issues. The government affairs intern will assist staff with researching and drafting original legislation with the goal of introduction in Congress this session. The intern will also assist with planning and executing policy briefings and hearings and an upcoming federal procurement webinar for landscape architects.  


  • Research and write memos, policy statements, briefing papers, and talking points on issues, legislation, and regulations as assigned by government affairs staff.
  • Assist staff in developing and preparing federal policy articles and announcements for ASLA information outlets, including advocacy news, LAND, the Advocacy Network, and others.
  • Attend and report on activities from congressional hearings, coalition meetings, and other policy briefings.
  • Assist with some administrative functions, including preparing meeting notes, excel spreadsheets, and others as assigned.

Required Skills:

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program.  
  • Excellent writing skills. The intern must be able to write clearly for a policy audience.
  • Proven research skills and ability to quickly evaluate the quality and relevance of many different types of Web resources.
  • Working knowledge of Congress and the legislative process.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to appropriately interact with legislators, congressional staff, and other stakeholders.  
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
How to Apply:

The intern will receive a stipend of $4,000 from ASLA over the program and have a flexible schedule.

Please send cover letter, resume and two writing samples to PHONE CALLS will not be accepted.


ASLA Information Request