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The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is seeking a young professional in the state to become the recipient of the Chamber’s ‘Payne Scholar’ initiative. The initiative is named in honor of Bill Payne, a long-time Chamber executive who devoted his life to government relations. Payne Scholars will work with the Chamber to help fulfill our mission and support a pro-growth agenda for New Jersey in the following areas:

􀀀 Economic Development
􀀀 Environment and Energy
􀀀 Fiscal Policy and Tax Reform
􀀀 Government Reform
􀀀 Labor
􀀀 Health Care
􀀀 Transportation
􀀀 Workforce Development/Education Reform
􀀀 Other issues areas as needed

The Payne Scholar will have the opportunity to experience the full scope of responsibilities involved in managing a business and a lobbying organization. Under the direction of appropriate Chamber managers, specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

􀀀 Researching and analyzing policy issues
􀀀 Working on special projects as required
􀀀 Helping prepare background briefings, position papers for Chamber Management
􀀀 Assisting with drafting/proofing letters, speeches, critical analyses, and testimony
􀀀 Attending legislative hearings with the Government Relations team
􀀀 Helping with policy calls to State Chamber membership and legislative offices

We seek a current student or recent graduate with a degree in government relations, business, economics, or a similar area. Candidates need to have a strong interest in and basic understanding of government and economics. They must be well-organized and have strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills. Candidates must also be comfortable communicating with representatives from the business community, lobbying and advocacy organizations, and legislative offices.

Candidates should be able to work three (3) days a week. Mondays and Thursdays are required days.

This is a one-year paid internship with the potential for extension.

We offer our Payne Scholars many opportunities to build their resume and expand their network. They will interact and network with representatives from the business community, from lobbying and advocacy organizations, and with legislators and their staff on a weekly basis.