Government Affairs Intern

 About SIR:

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) is a thriving professional medical society dedicated to optimizing patient care and improving lives through minimally invasive, image-guided treatments. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, SIR represents one of the most innovative, exciting, and competitive specialties in medicine today. SIR is a 501(c)(6) professional association that supports more than 8,100 interventional radiology physicians, trainees, medical students, scientists, and clinical professionals. SIR is also comprised of SIR’s 501(c)(3) Foundation, which focuses on research and fundraising to advance the future of interventional radiology. Together SIR and SIR Foundation have approximately 50 staff, combined annual revenues of $10 million, and assets of nearly $17 million.

Position Summary:

The SIR Government Affairs Intern will have the unique opportunity to assist in several areas of work within the SIR Government Affairs Department. This internship will be a virtual experience with opportunities to assist initiatives that support the field of Interventional Radiology such as policy, advocacy, Congressional hearings and fundraisers, and member engagement with our physician members.


Responsibilities Include:  

  • 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
  • Assist the Senior Manager of Government Affairs with the SIR Political Action Committee and SIRPAC activities
  • Attend and provide support for internal meetings by gathering and assembling information, coordinating with staff to develop agendas, and ensuring proper follow-up and output, including meeting summaries and minutes

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills and discipline to work virtually
  • Strong communication, written, research and analytic skills
  • Strong interest in politics and the legislative process
  • Demonstrated professionalism


  • Current student in an undergraduate or graduate program in Political Science or Public Policy


  • Candidates should possess an interest in and familiarity with politics, grassroots organizing, the federal legislative process, political action committees, and advocacy communication tools. Any experience working in a Congressional office, a federal agency, or on a political campaign is a plus


Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:  Use of phones and computers for extended periods. Utilize equipment and communication technologies for conference calls and teleconference meetings/webinars. Requires mobility to move and travel away from the remote setting. Ability to lift 25 pounds. Frequent interaction with internal staff and physician members via phone, in person, email, and other mediums. 

Special note regarding COVID-19: SIR employees are currently working in a hybrid or remote fashion and will have the ability to continue to work with a flexible arrangement based on business needs. 
This position description should not be construed to imply that the requirements are the sole standards for the position. Incumbents are expected to perform all other duties as required. 

SIR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.