Position Description

Are you passionate about empowering students to engage in their democracy and become effective advocates for the issues that affect them? Do you want to be a part of making the change you want to see in the world? LeadMN is looking for a student to help us do just that by assisting us in our state and federal advocacy efforts.

The Legislative Advocacy Intern will learn how to support advocacy through outreach and collection of student stories, participate in a federal advocacy Fellowship with the National College Attainment Network, and work with the LeadMN Director of Government Relations to support our 2021 state legislative advocacy efforts. This position will help us create transformative change and is a great way to learn more about a career in non-profit advocacy work.

LeadMN represents 180,000 two-year college students that come to Minnesota from every corner of the world to transform their lives and their communities. The American Dream has long been a symbol of achieving success. For far too many Minnesotans, the path to this dream is impeded due to systematic barriers. At LeadMN we break down those barriers by empowering two-year college students to become strong leaders, engaged community members, and successful professionals. A key step to rebuilding the American Dream for two-year college students is giving them the skills to vote and be engaged citizens so they can advocate for the future that they want to see.


  • Reports directly to the Director of Government Relations
  • Meets weekly with the Director of Government Relations


The Legislative Advocacy Intern will work with the Director of Government Relations on three primary projects:

1. Support LeadMN’s state legislative advocacy efforts for the 2021 legislative session.

  • Attend multiple federal advocacy trainings and a virtual federal advocacy week

2. Support LeadMN’s federal advocacy efforts through the National College Attainment Network. 

  • Attend multiple federal advocacy trainings and a virtual federal advocacy week.
  • Assist in creating federal advocacy items such as policy handouts, news updates, blogs, social media posts, etc.

3. Conduct outreach to collect student stories from across the state to be used in LeadMN’s state and federal advocacy work.


  • Strong interest in state and federal legislative advocacy.
  • Ability to remain non-partisan while engaging with students, legislative staff, and legislators.
  • Comfortable conducting outreach and follow up to students through a variety of digital mediums.
  • Highly organized and responsible self-starter with the ability to identify new opportunities, while effectively utilizing existing resources.
  • Effective communicator that values open communication and understands the importance of active listening.
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment where commitment to diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation and physical ability is an important institutional value.


This position will primarily be remote work with flexible hours. An average work week will consist of 5-10 hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This position will run from December until June 1, 2021.

Salary Offered

$15.00 an hour

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to mgutsch@leadmn.org.