Public Affairs Research Internship, KY Chamber, Frankfort, KY

This is a paid position ($10 per hour plus mileage for any associated travel, including travel to/from Frankfort). We do not have specific timeframes for these positions in mind but will instead structure the start and end dates around the students’ schedules and needs. In addition, we are open to partially remote positions; however, to get the full experience, we would like for the selected candidates to be able to take advantage of opportunities to meet with policymakers and business leaders in person when possible.

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Job Title:          Public Affairs/Research Intern

Program:          Diversity in Public Affairs Internship Program

Department:     Public Affairs

Reports to:        Senior Policy Analyst, Public Affairs

Status:              Part-time

SUMMARY: The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is seeking an Intern for the Diversity in Public Affairs Internship program. As an intern in this program, you will work directly with a professional public affairs team and support the advocacy efforts of Kentucky’s largest and most effective business advocacy organization. This opportunity will be focused on public policy and economic research. The selected individual will be responsible for conducting research, writing and editing reports, compiling research and data into spreadsheets, attending webinars and events, tracking emerging public policy issues in Kentucky, other states, and in Washington, D.C., reviewing and summarizing legislative and regulatory proposals, monitoring and summarizing legislative committee hearings in Frankfort, drafting summaries of third-party reports and research papers, monitoring and analyzing economic data at the local, state, and federal levels, occasionally engaging directly with lawmakers and policymakers, and more.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Below are typical job duties of a PA intern, but duties can be structured around the interests and skill set of the successful applicant.

  • Conducting research projects on economic and public policy issues
  • Monitoring and summarizing legislative committee meetings
  • Reviewing legislative and regulatory proposals
  • Assisting with the development of official Chamber reports and research
  • Tracking emerging issues in other states and at the national level
  • Attending webinars and providing written summaries
  • Compiling data and research into spreadsheets
  • Other duties as assigned


QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: Some college experience. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Google Sheets. Experience with Excel or quantitative research methods is welcomed.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Individual must have a valid driver’s license.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Individual must have excellent written and verbal communications skills plus a demonstrated ability to distill large amounts of information and research into relevant summaries. Individual must have strong computer and typing skills, including the use of and functional knowledge of several different software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is performed in an office or remote work setting at a sitting or standing desk. Some light lifting of boxes (up to 20 lbs.) of printed materials is occasionally needed.

The mission of the Kentucky Chamber Foundation is to unite business and advance Kentucky. We know businesses perform best when they are diverse and inclusive where every team member feels they belong. It is the unique contributions of all Chamber staff that drive our success in fulfilling our mission. We are committed to building a culture where everyone has the opportunity to be recognized for their contributions and do meaningful work. To that end, we are an equal opportunity employer and a second chance employer and we are committed to celebrating diversity while providing an environment inclusive and free of discrimination to all.

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