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Government Affairs

This position will be based in Alexandria, VA at ASTA’s headquarters. Candidates must be available to attend an ASTA meeting, dependent upon the internship term: Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference (January/February); Leadership Summit (June); Field Crop Seed Convention (December).

Key duties/job functions include:

  • Monitor Congressional Activity
    • Attend House and Senate Hearings
    • Track and analyze priority legislation
    • Assist with tracking and mapping Members of Congress
    • Identify Members that are key seed industry representatives through constituency and leadership positions
  • Monitor Administration Activity
    • Participate and monitor Agency briefings and stakeholder events
    • Track and analyze priority regulatory activity at agencies including USDA and the EPA
  • Support ASTA Policy Efforts
    • Support efforts in ag industry coalitions
    • Help with policy research on key issues, including Farm Bill priorities
    • Assist in the management, coordination, and execution of projects within ASTA’s internal committees
    • Identify and collaborate with grower/farmer partners
  • ASTA Conference Support 
    • Assist with pre-conference logistics and marketing 
    • Attend the conference and provide on-site support as assigned 
    • Participate in relevant student programming, including leadership development and advocacy sessions

Key desired skills include: 

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Interest in agriculture and policy; completion of some agriculture policy coursework preferred
  • Basic research experience preferred 
  • Ability to work independently and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to take direction and learn new things
  • Efficient in MS Office and Excel
  • Organized, detail oriented and highly self-motivated