ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS - NATIONAL OFFICE                                                                             

Position Title:                                Government Affairs Intern (Paid)
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Functional Area/Department: Government Affairs
Reporting Supervisor Government Affairs Team

Please submit resume to with "Government Affairs Internship" in the subject line.

ABC’s Position Descriptions are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent(s) of this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of the position.  ABC’s Position Descriptions do not create a contract, express or imply, or other legal rights between ABC and any staff member, nor guarantee employment or specific duties for any specific duration. ABC may add, change, delete, suspend or discontinue any of these positions and descriptions at any time without prior notice.


Founded in 1950, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its
members work. Visit us at


The Government Affairs Internship is an opportunity to learn about the different departments that make up the ABC National Government Affairs team. You will participate in all five departments of the government affairs team including legislative, political, regulatory and policy, grassroots, and state and local affairs. As an intern, you will receive training and experience directly related to the job functions within the field of government affairs.


Political Action Committee (PAC) and Free Enterprise Alliance (FEA) Tasks:
  • Database entry on contributions and donors
  • Send thank you notes for PAC contributions

Grassroots Tasks:
  • Draft text for action alerts and learn grassroots software program
  • Integrate action alerts with social media
Legislative Tasks: 
  • Assist developing materials for ABC’s June Legislative Conference
  • Schedule meetings with Members of Congress for our annual Hill Day
  • Assist with research projects that involve examining legislative, political and regulatory history and drawing correlations to current political climate
  • Track legislation and monitor key issues
State and Local Affairs Tasks: 
  • Update multi-state legislative research
  • Participate in issue advocacy campaigns
  • Follow state campaigns and election news
Regulatory and Policy Tasks: 
  • Follow developments in the regulatory agenda and learn about the regulatory process
  • Help obtain Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits after the Legal Conference in June
Desired Skills:
  • Demonstrated use of intermediate computer operations. 
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).
  • Adobe Acrobat XI.
  • Understanding of the legislative process and political knowledge.
  • Nearing the end of a four year college degree from an accredited institution is preferred.


To achieve our mission, we hire energetic and fun-loving individuals who possess the following skills:
  • Attention to detail is a must.
  • Professional demeanor and presentation of self.
  • Ability to organize and manage several priorities simultaneously while working under pressure and deadlines.
  • Writing and verbal skills.
  • Self-starter and highly organized.
  • Coordination of projects, meetings and/or events a plus.
  • Strong organization, multi-tasking and time management skills with the ability to work in a demanding self-directed work schedule. 
  • Effectively utilizes tools/resources to work efficiently.         
  • Ability to take ownership of a process and to use problem solving skills to resolve issues.        
  • Demonstrates the highest level of personal and ethical standards.        
  • Work accurately with close attention to detail.

It is the continuing policy of ABC to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions,
childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. ABC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Disability Specifications:
ADA: ABC will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Physical Demands:
While performing the responsibilities of the position, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
Work Environment:

This position is performed in a typical office environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and vehicles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.