Illinois Partners for Human Service will be seeking a Policy & Government Affairs Internfor winter and spring 2018. We are a statewide advocacy organization with over 800 human service coalition partners located in every legislative district in Illinois.
The policy intern will work at our office located in the West Loop and will assist with multiple projects within our organization which include but are not limited to the following:
Policy research and creation of educational tools to inform coalition partners
Monitor and analyze state legislation and budget decisions proposed by policymakers.
Research areas of interest to health and human services, including economic impact and funding trends of human services, and return on investment for programs such as Medicaid, and Managed Care systems.
Identify policy priorities and develop policy recommendations based on legislative and regulatory matters.
Create action alerts, data/fact sheets, and other communication materials to inform our partnership base on specific issues
Participate in meetings with various committees and workgroups, such as Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Steering Committee, Budgeting for Results Commission, and Medicaid Advisory Committee.
Support outreach to state legislators, the Governor’s office, state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other entities.
Support building organizational capacity at Illinois Partners
Assist with monthly statewide call-in meetings, including preparing agenda, sending reminders, and distributing follow-up materials.
Update and manage website to keep network partners informed.
Update internal reports and educational outreach materials.
Grant research and writing (previous experience in this area is desirable).
Help to cultivate “Human Services Works” Campaign, a statewide public awareness and advocacy campaign to enhance the conversation about the role of human services in making Illinois communities strong.
Our objective is to keep our coalition partners ready to react quickly to new policy priorities. The policy intern will therefore need to keep current on both state legislation and projects as they develop.
The internship is paid and requires approximately 20 hours per week, depending on schedules. The intern must be a continuing graduate student (enrolled in Master's program) in public policy or a related field. He/she must be an excellent writer and be able to work independently in an environment where priorities change and new projects arise daily.
Please provide a resume, cover letter, and two short writing samples (one academic and one professional such as a policy brief, memo, or fact sheet). Submit materials to Ilana Sahm at email@example.com with the subject line: “Illinois Partners Policy Intern 2018” no later than November 22nd. The internship will begin in January and conclude in June 2018. Two on-boarding days will take place in December prior to start date.
For more information, visit www.illinoispartners.org.
ILLINOIS PARTNERS FOR HUMAN SERVICE
Illinois Partners for Human Service is a statewide network of more than 800 organizations, advocating for high quality, evidence-based approaches to providing human services. Illinois Partners educates, informs, and engages its network to advocate for adequate funding and practical state policies. We ensure that human service providers have a voice at the table... and are heard throughout the legislative and budget-making process.
WHAT AREAS DO WE ADVOCATE?
Illinois Partners works to maintain the human services system that offers programs and assistance to underserviced populations in the following areas: child welfare (foster care, support and enforcement); child development (head start); disability programs (vocational training, rehab); anti-poverty programs (TANF, Food Stamps); juvenile justice (diversion programs); community and long-term care for the aging; support for low-income working families; mental health and substance use (prevention and treatment programs; and housing (homeless assistance, supportive housing programs).
WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO CREATE A STRONG HUMAN SERVICES SYSTEM IN ILLINOIS?
High quality services capable of helping Illinois residents improve their lives. Illinois Partners supports quality services that:
– Effectively apply the best practices
– Utilize sound fiscal management and operating systems
– Practice good stewardship of public funds and donations
Funding levels that reflect the needs of residents and the true cost of providing quality services. Illinois Partners supports adequate funding that:
– Keeps pace with demand
– Provides timely reimbursements to providers
– Covers the full cost of efficient service delivery
– Includes necessary investments in maintenance for facility and equipment as well as program administration
Human service providers are accountable for achieving meaningful outcomes. Illinois Partners supports measurable results where:
– Funding decisions are driven by performance
– Evaluation is transparent and based on program outcomes