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Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) offers spring, summer, and fall internship opportunities in Government Affairs and Member Advocacy for self-motivated individuals with an interest in public policy in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry. RAMW offers a hands-on, meaningful internship experience that provides:
  • Skill- and knowledge-building opportunities in the field of public policy, especially as it relates to small business.
  • Training and experience in professional writing, research, and database management. 
  • Opportunities to build the intern’s professional network. 
Working closely with the Program Director, major responsibilities of the Government Affairs and Member Advocacy Intern include: 
  • Monitoring and reporting on legislation in city and county governments in the Washington metropolitan area, with a strong focus on the District of Columbia.
  • Updating and maintaining records of local policy makers and key staff.
  • Updating and maintaining membership database, including reviewing current district and point of contact information. 
  • Assisting with drafting and reviewing membership surveys. 
  • Assisting with drafting policy briefs for internal and external stakeholders and related content for policy and advocacy materials.
  • Providing logistical support for meetings with policy makers and staff as needed. 
  • Assisting with day-to-day administrative duties as needed.
  • Undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in public policy, government, or related political science. 
  • Strong service orientation. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Careful attention to detail and proofreading skills.
  • Ability to problem solve and multitask.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 
  • Self-motivated with strong time management skills and willingness to ask questions as necessary. 
  • Computer competencies, including conducting online research and experience with G Suite tools Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. 
  • Experience with database management a plus.
  • Interest in or knowledge of local food, beverage, and hospitality industry a plus.


To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to  

RAMW does not discriminate against any individual on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or beliefs.

Established in 1920, RAMW is an advocate, resource, and community for our more than 1,400 members in the Washington metropolitan area. Our community includes everyone from beloved family owned neighborhood spots, to first-time entrepreneurs, to homegrown restaurant groups, to beloved regional and national favorites. Together, we
Compensation Details:
Internships are 20 to 25 hours per week in person at the RAMW office and paid $20 an hour.