The Government Relations Associate position changes as the political climate changes, but what does not change is that lobby associates take on a few issues and learn about them in depth. Upon your arrival at NETWORK you will be assigned to a few issues. Your work around these issues will include: researching the issue, developing one page documents for the website/for Congressional staffers, attending lobby visits, attending coalition meetings with other similar organizations, working on sign-on letters, work with the field department to inform and mobilize the grassroots around your issue and. At some points the work is more general, trying to gather support for an issue, but other times the work is more detailed and specific, attempting to change the language of a bill, lobbying for increased co-sponsors, and then lobbying for the eventual passage of a bill. Either way you will get to know the ins and outs of the issues you’re assigned to and you’ll be keeping up to date with the latest issue information on the Capitol Hill, in the nation and abroad.
While the Government Relations Associates delve into an issue or two at a very in-depth level, the Communications Associate learns a little bit about everything NETWORK works on, in order to send out updates and action alerts to our members. NETWORK Communications staff send out weekly e-mail legislative updates and occasional other e-mail alerts, as well as social media posts. This involves compiling information, writing, formatting and editing to make our work understandable to our members. Communicatopms staff also maintain NETWORK’s online legislative action center, respond to questions and suggestions from our members, and motivate members and others to take action. Depending on the associate’s interest, the associate may engage in state team organizing as well. The Communications Associate also gets experience working with a NETWORK lobbyist on one or two particular issues -- this may include some research, coalition meetings, Congressional hearings and briefings, “think-tank” presentations, an