The Governmental Relations Department’s primary responsibility during the summer is working with the farmer members on researching, developing or pulling background information on local, state and national issues to help them formulate ideas for issues the county Farm Bureau would like Virginia Farm Bureau to take a position on. In addition, we attend appropriate legislative and regulatory meetings and study committees to represent our members’ adopted policy positions. When requested, we make presentations on policy issues as well as work on surfacing ideas for news stories on Farm Bureau priority issues. In odd years, we work with the volunteer leaders participating in our political action committee in coordinating interviews with candidates running for public office and develop background information on the candidates’ positions and/or voting records.
- Perform clerical duties to synthesize and summarize information
- Observe a broad array of issues that our organization represents from national and tax issues to land and commodity issues.
- Intern will be assigned a specific research project(s) on issues or volunteer involvement.
- Attend meeting(s) on variety of topics that may include: taxation, property rights, commodity, rural health care, General Assembly study committees.
- Monitor meeting(s), take notes and/or observe to understand the full scope of activities in the governmental relations profession. This will include an exposure to county Farm Bureau meetings and local issue projects.
- Work one (1) day with department staff in Washington on federal issues.
Odd Year Internships
- Assist with coordination of the Virginia AgPAC (political action committee) activities.
- Work with District Field Services Directors on logistics of setting up Local Evaluation Committee Meetings (interviews between members and candidates running for office).
- Follow up with candidates with written and verbal reminders regarding interviews.
- Coordinate the follow-up to questions or requests for information from candidates.
- Coordinate putting custom interview packets together for volunteer leaders.
- The intern will have the opportunity to learn about other services provided by Virginia Farm Bureau to its members which may include insurance, communications, commodities, or youth programs.
A student who is working toward or has recently received a degree in agriculture or political science; knowledge of the election process; basic understanding of the agriculture industry; and a willingness to learn.
Send us your resume:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com by March 1. Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of your e-mail.