Thermo Fisher Scientific is seeking an energetic, politically-interested summer government relations intern to handle a variety of duties in its Capitol Hill office. The government relations internship provides an opportunity for a political science or communications-focused student to get firsthand experience working alongside lobbyists who are promoting cutting edge scientific technologies. The government relations intern will contribute to U.S. and global lobbying projects and assist with the political action committee (PAC).
The position will be based in Thermo Fisher’s Capitol Hill office and works daily with a DC-based team of three people.The paid position starts in June and is 40 hours per week through August.
- Support government relations projects that promote our lobbying efforts in Washington, underpin our government interactions around the world and support our sales teams’ ability to provide our products and services to customers around the world.
- Contribute to a variety of lobbying, policy and political tasks in support of a global GR team that’s spread among Washington, Brussels, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Delhi.
- Contribute to projects that advance Thermo Fisher’s positions on precision medicine and oncology; environmental protection, air and water quality; food safety; diagnostics; and other scientific topics.
- Work with the U.S. federal government relations team to support advocacy initiatives;
- Provide legislative and policy research that prepares the GR team and executives for advocacy;
- Draft correspondence, talking points and background materials for use by GR team with government officials and agencies;
- Organize details for members of Congress or other political VIPs’ visits to our sites;
- Attend congressional briefings, hearings, trade association meetings and similar events and provide concise written and verbal feedback to GR team;
- Support GR and corporate communications teams on special projects that grow Thermo Fisher’s reputation and demonstrate our role in scientific discovery;
- Provide suggestions on best practices to communicate with government and lobbying partners through social media;
- Learn about lobbying, public policy and political action committees through daily activities;
- Accept candid feedback and look for areas of improvements;
- Specific tasks will be tailored to the intern’s experience level and abilities;
Skills and Abilities:
- Politically interested yet bipartisan-minded;
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a cross-functional team;
- Strong willingness to learn, be mentored, and improve;
- Desire to contribute and improve lobbying efforts that enable a healthier, cleaner and safer world;
- Aptitude for clear and concise written and verbal communications;
- Student currently enrolled in classes leading to a degree in political science, politics or a related communications discipline