Federal Policy Intern

Do you want to be part of a team that works to shape the federal policy impacting the environmental and economic sustainability of the farms that grow our food? Then American Farmland Trust’s Federal Policy Team wants you!

We are seeking an energetic, self-motivated individual who is interested in joining our team of dedicated advocates. Working directly with the Federal Policy Manager and Senior Policy Specialist, you will support American Farmland Trust’s (AFT’s) political advocacy and research as we work towards a Farm Bill that protects farmland, promotes sound farming practices, and keeps farmers on the land.  

Since its founding in 1980, AFT has played a significant role as a bridge-builder and convener in Farm Bill debates. In this internship, you will learn about the legislative process and Farm Bill conservation programs, interact with other stakeholders, and help us affect change in an immensely important piece of legislation. 

Position Duties

This position supports the Federal Policy department. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Monitoring the news for Farm Bill related updates from Congress or peer organizations

• Tracking activities within the federal government and federal agencies that affect AFT’s work

• Contributing to policy analyses, research, and discussions of strategy 

• Drafting monthly updates, blog posts, and written outreach materials

• Coordinating stakeholder meetings, Congressional office visits, and other events as needed

Flexible start date and flexible scheduling between 15 and 35 hours per week. 

Must be available to work from our Washington, DC office.  


• College student or recent graduate

• Strong written and oral communications skills

• Organized and comfortable juggling multiple tasks with enthusiasm

• Interest in AFT’s mission and openness to representing centrist policy positions 

• Some academic or institutional research experience 

• Knowledge of Farm Bill programs, legislative process, and/or agricultural production preferred 


This is a paid position. We are willing to work with your institution to offer college credit in addition to monetary compensation. 


If you are eager to join our team, please apply on this page.

DEADLINE: Open until filled. 

American Farmland Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Farmland Trust complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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