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Summer Internship Program

“I’ve spent most of my career leading and executing strategies to shape agricultural policies, and it’s been a very rewarding experience – sometimes exhilarating and other times challenging, but never boring,” said Michael Dykes, IDFA president and CEO. “We’d like to offer an outstanding student with an interest in food and agriculture policy the opportunity to work alongside our subject matter experts and experience the legislative and regulatory process from a front-row seat.”

Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Intern (3 month summer internship)

Position Qualifications

Degree: Bachelor level students only
Citizenship: Must be authorized to work in the United States

Students must be currently enrolled in a BS/BA program with a major related to business, political science, international affairs, agriculture, the food and beverage industry or a related field.

Qualified candidates should possess an interest in the political process or government affairs. Candidates should also have strong researching skills and writing abilities; creative problem solving skills; a careful attention to detail; and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Candidates must work well in a team environment and possess strong overall computer skills, particularly in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Selection is based on student credentials, interview results and the matching of student's skills to available openings. This is a PAID internship opportunity.

Position Description

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with the International Dairy Foods Association legislative and regulatory affairs teams in Washington, D.C., assisting with projects, events and research. Tasks that may be required to perform include but are not limited to:

  1. Interact with external audiences, including other trade associations, federal agencies and Capitol Hill to maintain/develop relationships
  2. Represent IDFA at relevant meetings and political events
  3. Facilitate meeting/conference scheduling
  4. Draft correspondence and assist with various administrative duties
  5. Research & track key legislative and regulatory issues
  6. Complete various tasks associated with key dairy issues
  7. Attend relevant hearings or agency meetings, when appropriate, and provide written summaries
  8. Assist with communications in the form of relevant one pagers, talking points and presentations
  9. Participate in Hill and agency outreach and coalition meetings with IDFA team
  10. Plan an intern luncheon/dinner/happy hour/outing for other D.C. Food and Agriculture industry interns

To learn more about the internship and to apply, students may contact Heather Soubra, IDFA chief of staff, at or (202) 220-3551.

All applications and supporting material must be submitted by March 15 either by email to or by mail to Heather Soubra, IDFA, 1250 H Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005.