NRECA Careers

Government Relations & Communications - Intern

Arlington, VA
Government Relations/Regulatory

Job Description

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), with offices in Arlington, VA and Lincoln, NE is the trade association for over 900 consumer-owned electric cooperatives serving more than 42 million people. NRECA is committed to harnessing the strength of America’s electric cooperatives into a single powerful voice. NRECA has won the following awards over the past few years:

  • Top Workplace by the Washington Post 
  • 100 Best Places to Work - ComputerWorld Magazine
  • 50 Best Places to Work - The Washingtonian
  • CARE Award Recipient - Recognizing organizations that promote a positive work-life balance
  • 50 Greatest places to Work - AARP
  • Best Place to Work Award Recipient - Lincoln, NE
  • Gold Well Workplace - Wellness Councils of America
  • State of NE Governor's Wellness Award - Grower Level

At NRECA, we work with people who are leaders in their fields. They are down-to-earth, hardworking professionals committed to helping our members serve their communities. Our work is interesting, constantly evolving, and requires new skills to meet the evolving needs of a dynamic industry. In this collegial, inclusive work environment, united around the compelling purpose and history of electric cooperatives, we thrive. And topping it off, NRECA cares about each person’s overall well-being, encouraging health, financial security, and a sustainable work/life balance. EEO/AA- M/F/Disability/Protected Veteran Status/Genetic Data


• Must be a rising junior or senior
• 3.0 or above GPA required
• Must be available to work May 14th through August 3rd
• Wage: $18.50 per hour

The intern will help the Regulatory Team, Government Relations, and the NRECA Communications team to sell the value of the cooperative model to policy makers in Washington, D.C. and in national policy discussions. They will work closely with the Regulatory Issues Manager, other members of the Regulatory and broader GR teams, the Business and Technology Strategy group, and Communications to conduct research, write copy, and develop compelling graphics to be able to complete the detailed project described below.

Purpose and Mission

The Regulatory Team needs clear and concise communications resources about the activities of cooperatives that can be used to promote the cooperative model to policy makers and stakeholders.

Working with the Regulatory Issues Manager, the intern will research cooperative technology investments, consumer services, and economic development activities.  Research will include internal document and data review, internet research, and telephone interviews.  The intern will then develop a comprehensive package of brief, graphically compelling, documents that will tell our audiences a convincing story about cooperative innovation, consumer orientation, and community value aimed to enhance cooperatives’ credibility in policy circles.  The documents should be able function effectively as a group or on a stand-alone basis. 

The documents should be designed to support the Regulatory Team’s specific advocacy goals with respect to promoting:
• the cooperative’s vision of the future regulatory structure of the retail electric industry,
• the cooperatives’ view of how distributed energy resources should be integrated into wholesale electric markets, and
• inclusion of broadband funding in any Administration or Congressional infrastructure package.

This project will need also to be integrated into NRECA’s broader “branding” effort scheduled for 2018


Requirements and Qualifications

• Preferred Degree Program: Political Science or  Communication
• The candidate will have to be a self-starter, capable of working with minimal supervision but also willing to reach out for assistance and guidance where needed.
• The candidate will need to be an excellent researcher and capable of converting data into useful information that tells a story and advocates for a policy position.
• The candidate will need to be comfortable reaching out to members by phone.
• The candidate should have an eye for how to use pictures, graphs, and other visual mediums in conjunction with text to offer a compelling argument.
• The candidate must be a great writer, capable of using the fewest possible words to communicate a complex concept.

• Must be a rising junior or senior
• 3.0 or above GPA required
• Must be available to work May 14th through August 3rd
• Wage: $18.50 per hour