Government Relations Seasonal

AFS-USA Intercultural Programs
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Dec 27

Position description

AFS-USA is part of a worldwide network of AFS partner organizations that work together to advance global education and foster meaningful connections across cultures. As the network’s largest partner, AFS-USA works to increase the global competency of U.S. citizens by providing a variety of international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities. We are proud of our Staff of approximately 200 dedicated individuals, working from our national office in New York City as well as home offices across the county, who collaborate with our more than 4,000 AFS-USA Volunteers to deliver high quality programs and global education resources. These include: immersion-based study abroad experiences in over 40 countries worldwide; opportunities to host foreign AFS exchange students; and global learning workshops and curricula for educator, schools and businesses.

Job Context

AFS-USA works with the Youth Programs Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State to implement several fully funded scholarship programs, including the Congress-Bundestag (CBYX) Program, a US-German initiative; and the Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES and YES Abroad), a public diplomacy initiative authorized by Congress in the aftermath of September 11, which builds bridges of international understanding between Americans and people in approximately 40 countries with significant Muslim populations; and the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) a language intensive program designed to build a core of US citizens knowledgeable in the language and cultural of native speakers of Arabic, Hindi, Persian, Korean, Mandarin, Turkish and Russian.

The Government Relations (GR) Seasonal supports the work of the Sponsored Programs Department. 


The GR Seasonal works in team-oriented environment, collaborating closely with the Manager of Inbound Sponsored Programs and members of the Sponsored Programs team. The GR Seasonal will assist in scheduling and coordinating visits to Capitol Hill for attendees of the ECA Programs Workshop, an event that brings together approximately 200 AFS staff and volunteers from around the United States, as well as international partners, for a conference from March 21-24, 2020. This position provides administrative, organizational, and logistical support to the team and will be the main point of contact for all items related to AFS’ effort to foster and maintain strong relationships with elected officials on Capitol Hill.


Primary responsibilities:

·        Organize information pertaining to future and past meetings with AFS volunteers and students, and members of House and Senate;

·        Schedule in-person meetings with Workshop attendees and offices of Congressional Representatives and some Senators for Monday, March 23, 2020.  

·        Create mail merge documents to instruct workshop attendees of appointment details upon confirmation;

·        Post-visit Capitol Hill follow up—organize confirmed meeting details, meeting notes, follow up messaging to offices.


  1. Sincere commitment to the mission of AFS to work toward a more just and peaceful world. Interest in governmental processes, government relations, and furthering international exchange as a priority with U.S. lawmakers and elected officials.
  2. Preference will be given to alumni of an AFS program and/or exchange program sponsored by U.S. Department of State.
  3. International experience, with a background in Government Affairs, International Relations, or related field.
  4. Excellent organizational skills; excellent computer skills including a high level of proficiency in Microsoft Word (including mail merges) and Excel, google docs.
  5. Excellent editing and writing skills. 
  6. Demonstrates initiative and critical thinking.
  7. Demonstrates an ability to work independently and assume responsibility for projects. 
  8. Comfortable multi-tasking and working on multiple projects in busy and fluid environment with multiple deadlines (ability to deal with ambiguity).
  9. Ability to work in a highly collaborative team environment, while at the same time demonstrating an ability to work independently and assume responsibility for projects.
  10. Experience/high level of comfort in an intercultural setting.
  11. Sense of humor, a great attitude, flexibility, and patience.
  12. Must have access to internet, a computer, and a phone.


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