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Government & Stakeholder Relations Intern

Internship

Updated 10 months ago

Paid

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND: 

Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) is Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation. Our mission is to spur investment, support business growth, and foster developments that create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, and drive growth to every corner of Philadelphia. You can learn more about PIDC at www.pidcphila.com. 

 PIDC is committed to driving transformative growth for Philadelphians with a human-centered approach by directing our financial and real estate services, knowledge, and networks toward creating a vibrant and sustainable Philadelphia. To achieve this mission, PIDC focuses on five areas: 

  • CAPACITY: Create and sustain internal capacity and external partnerships to scale the availability and breadth of economic development resources and solutions. 
  • CAPITAL ACCESS AND SERVICES: Expand financing and business support services to benefit under-resourced communities and marginalized populations. 
  • LAND USE: Catalyze development of projects that create quality jobs, advance equity, and promote sustainability.  
  • KNOWLEDGE AND NETWORKS: Share knowledge and networks to respond to clients, partners, and market needs. 
  • EMPLOYEE WELL-BEING: Elevate the physical, mental, and financial well-being of PIDC employees and provide opportunity for each to thrive and grow professionally. 

PIDC is governed by a thirty-member Board of Directors, appointed by the Mayor of Philadelphia and the President of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.  The staff includes approximately 60 full-time employees, and PIDC’s current Senior Leadership Team has a combined 140+ years of experience at PIDC. The organization’s annual budget of approximately $12M is funded by a combination of fees generated by PIDC’s transaction activities, service and management contracts, and contributed revenue. 

Over the past 65 years, PIDC has settled over 13,000 transactions with a diverse range of clients – including more than $19 billion of financing and 3,350 acres of land sales – which have leveraged tens of billions of dollars in total investment and assisted in retaining and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in Philadelphia. For more information, please visit: www.PIDCphila.com. 

The Strategy, Communications, and Partnerships team engages PIDC’s stakeholders, partners, and clients; communicates strategically to build support and resources, drive a pipeline of new business to the product teams, and demonstrate the success and impact of our clients; and leverages market knowledge to develop and capitalize new products and services.  

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: 

We are seeking a motivated, enthusiastic, and civic-minded intern to support PIDC’s Government Affairs efforts. This largely research-driven role will support PIDC’s efforts monitoring and learning the various government officials, community leaders, and organizational stakeholders across Philadelphia—with a specific focus on economic development and business-related priorities. This role will be the point person for drafting briefing documents, reports, one-sheeters, position papers, presentations, and backgrounders for our Senior Leadership team, including the president and vice president of marketing communications & government affairs. 

Through this work, this role will also help drive our organization’s local advocacy goals and objectives. This internship provides a unique opportunity to develop skills in local government, public policy, community outreach, and political strategy. 

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

Government Relations Support: 

  • Conduct research on local, state, and federal government officials’ background and legislative priorities, as well as on key local stakeholders. 
  • Monitor and track legislative activities, hearings, and other relevant government affairs events; track legislation and regulations that impact PIDC’s work and mission. 
  • Prepare briefing documents, including one-sheeters, position papers, presentations, backgrounders, and reports. 
  • Support in drafting and editing correspondence, letters, and official communications to government officials. 

Stakeholder Engagement: 

  • Collaborate with the team to develop strategies for engaging local stakeholders, including community leaders, nonprofits, and government officials.  
  • Assist in organizing meetings or events that enhance relationships between our President/Senior Leadership and external stakeholders, helping to elevate PIDC’s initiatives. 
  • Compile and analyze feedback from stakeholders, identifying key concerns and opportunities for collaboration. 

Communication and Advocacy: 

  • Support the development of advocacy materials, including fact sheets, talking points, and presentations, to educate local stakeholders. 
  • Assist in preparing presentations and materials for internal and external meetings. 
  • Monitor media coverage and public opinion on relevant policy issues related to business or economic and community development and summarize key developments for the team. 
  • Support in creating relevant content that we can or should share with PIDC’s digital audiences. 

Administrative Support: 

  • Primarily a research-driven role, this role would also help schedule meetings, maintain databases, and organize files and documents. 
  • Help with logistics and coordination as needed. 
  • Other tasks as assigned. 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  

  • Currently enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program, preferably in political science, public policy, government relations, communications, or a related field 
  • Strong interest in government affairs, public policy, and community engagement 
  • General knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process at the local, state, and federal level 
  • Baseline awareness of Philadelphia’s political and government ecosystem 
  • Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills 
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment 
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity with social media platforms 
  • Previous experience in government affairs, community outreach, or politics is a plus 
  • Be self-sufficient, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and able to prioritize and organize various projects 
  • Be a creative thinker and problem solver

OTHER DESIRED CHARACTERISTICS: 

  • Passion for the city of Philadelphia and enthusiasm for PIDC’s mission to help businesses and non-profit organizations create and retain jobs in Philadelphia 
  • Flexibility and willingness to pitch in to support various projects, tasks, initiatives, and events as needs arise 
  • Experience with customer relations and working with diverse constituencies 
  • Efficiency and productivity, with a results-oriented mindset

 

APPLY HERE: https://pidcphila.com/careers/ 

This internship is paid- $18.50 per hour.

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