Summer Internship--#StopTheDebtTrap Campaign

Employer
Americans for Financial Reform
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Mar 13, 2017
Closes
Aug 11, 2017
Industry
Nonprofit
Hours
Full Time

Americans for Financial Reform's #StopTheDebtTrap Campaign is seeking a summer intern. Join us to help lead the fight against payday lending abuses, and to push back against right wing attacks on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) the agency created by Elizabeth Warren.

Payday lending is an industry based on luring low-income consumers into high interest loans that catch them in a cycle of debt. The industry strips over $8 billion a year from borrowers further impoverishing economically vulnerable individuals and households. Ending these practices would have a tremendous impact. But the loan sharks who profit from these practices - and their friends in Washington - will resist with all their might and are spending tens of millions to do it -both attacking proposed rules to go after predatory lenders and by attacking the CFPB - the agency proposing those rules.

As the new political landscape takes shape, we will have to work hard to defend all that we have won to make our financial system more fair and equitable over the last 8 years.

For more about AFR and its work, see the video with Senator Elizabeth Warren posted at ​defenddoddfrank.org​. ​Learn more about this campaign at stopthedebttrap.org​.

Responsibilities include:

● Help to craft, maintain and circulate campaign updates, factsheet, toolkits and web resources;

● Help Promote our message by contributing to and implementing communications, new media and outreach plans; and

● Support a field and lobbying advocacy campaign;

● Attend congressional hearings and briefings; and

● Help organize and manage press and Capitol Hill events

Qualifications: Ideal candidates will have a strong commitment to economic justice; excellent written and oral communication skills; high proficiency with general office software (Microsoft Word, Excel, Paint and PowerPoint preferred); and knowledge and experience with website maintenance, blogging, design, and social networks. We are also looking for someone who is detail oriented, has solid judgement and good relationship-building skills, and a sense of humor.

Although the position is unpaid, we offer a $15-a-day expense stipend plus valuable, stimulating, soul-satisfying work and a crash course in public-interest advocacy, financial regulation, communications and coalition building. This is a great opportunity for individuals seeking to enter the nonprofit advocacy world. Academic credit available.

AFR is located at 1620 L Street NW in downtown Washington, and is part of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which works on a wide range of issues and has a well-developed internship program, enriching the experience for all the interns who work here.

Americans for Financial Reform and The Leadership Conference are equal opportunity employers and encourage applicants who will contribute to the diversity of our staff.

To apply please send a resume, a cover letter, a brief writing sample, and 3 references to jose@ourfinancialsecurity.org