Monarch Housing Associates Seeks Public Policy and Advocacy Intern for 2018-19

Intern will Have the Opportunity to Learn and Use Communication Skills, Work on Public Policy Events and Assist with Ongoing Advocacy Work

Monarch Housing Associates is seeking a public policy and advocacy intern for the 2018-2019 academic year. This internship provides the opportunity to learn and use communication skills, assist with the planning and implementation of an advocacy campaign and public policy events from start to finish while learning about the public policy landscape both in New Jersey and at the federal level.

Founded almost 30 years ago, Monarch Housing Associates is a mission driven, results oriented non-profit located in Cranford, New Jersey. Our vision is that very person will have quality affordable, permanent housing that fosters freedom, independence and community integration. Our mission is to expand the supply, accessibility and variety of affordable, permanent supportive housing through development, planning, advocacy and partnerships.

Monarch’s Public Policy program advocates to ensure that adequate resources are available to end homelessness and expand the supply of supportive housing that people can afford. In 2017 and 2018, Monarch hosted Public Policy forums on the issues of eviction and housing segregation that drew large audience and sparked conversation around public policy to address both critical issues.

In July 2018, Monarch worked with over 35 partners across the state to coordinate a Congressional Reception in Washington, D.C. Over 350 advocates from New Jersey traveled by bus and the event was attended by both of New Jersey’s U.S. Senators and many of the U.S. House members and their staff.

Monarch is seeking a for credit intern to assist with:

  • email,
  • phone,
  • social media and possibly video communication,
  • outreach,
  • event planning,
  • database management and
  • other day-to-day office responsibilities around public policy and advocacy work.

The intern will work alongside our experienced professionals to complete projects related to advocacy and public policy. During the fall of 2018, we plan to engage in non-partisan voter registration and get out the vote strategies prior to the November mid-term elections.

The internship opportunity offers flexibility around hours including working both in the office and also working remotely for some hours. The student may be expected to use his/her own computer.


  • Passion for and interest in working with nonprofit organizations.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks, work independently and as part of a team, and have a flexible approach to changing priorities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office software (including MS Word and MS Excel)
  • Professional demeanor and self-motivated.
  • Dependable, organized and personable.
  • Must be punctual, organized, and detail-oriented.
  • Must earn college credit for the internship
  • Experience and/or course work in nonprofits is a plus, but not required.

Skills Gained

  • Experience around working on public policy issues and advocacy that can transfer to beyond the public policy and advocacy work around creating affordable housing and ending homelessness
  • Experience in conducting non-partisan voter registration and getting out the vote strategies
  • Verbal and written communication with a variety of constituencies
  • Knowledge around nonprofit operations

To apply, please send your résumé and cover letter via email. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 908-272-5363 x225.

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