Land A Job

Build your Network


Check out LEE’s networking tip sheets: Networking Tips, Tricks, and Words of Caution and Networking Follow-Up.

Top tips:

  • Attend conferences or think tank presentations for policy areas that interest you, and attend advocacy/organizing trainings led by local or national organizations.
  • Practice appropriate business card etiquette by looking at the card when it’s given and taking notes on it about the conversation as needed.

Networking Tips, Tricks, and Words of Caution

Networking Follow-Up

Learn from Informational Interviews


  • Set up informational interviews with policy, advocacy, or organizing leaders to learn more about their position and potentially make a connection that leads to a policy or advocacy internship or job.
  • Approach each informational interview with a goal, such as getting a few new contacts or learning about a particular sector.
  • Tap into your various alumni and community networks to find people working in the sector to interview.
  • Research the individual and their organization prior to the interview. 
  • Recognize the generosity of the person you’re interviewing. Be flexible with scheduling and always send a thank you note.
  • Stay in touch with contacts from informational interviews. Let them know when/where you land a job. Send research publications or news articles that may relate to their work.

Find Opportunities


Opportunities in Policy and Advocacy

  • Identify and apply for an internship or fellowship. These programs are great ways to get your foot in the door, make connections and prove yourself.
  • To learn about job openings on Capitol Hill, check out:
  • Check out Young Education Professionals (YEP) to see if there’s a chapter in your region. YEP shares job postings and hosts a variety of networking events.
  • To find out about job openings at the Department of Education and other federal agencies, consult USA Jobs. Since the website is the portal for all federal jobs, it can be difficult to navigate towards positions of interest. Be sure that your resume fits the federal resume format, which is much longer and more detailed than a standard resume.
  • You may find state and local policy job openings by exploring the websites of school districts and state departments of education.  
  • To learn about other policy and advocacy job openings, check out LEE’s Job Board.

Opportunities in Organizing

  • Find an organization in your community and volunteer with them – including LEE members who are organizing with their community in more than 17 regions around the country.
  • Participate in a training run by a major network (IAF, PICO, Gamaliel, DART) or by a group that conducts reputable trainings (NOI, Midwest Academy).
  • To learn about organizing job openings, check out LEE’s Job Board.

Develop Effective Resumes and Cover Letters



Check out LEE’s Policy & Advocacy Resume Checklist, this sample policy/advocacy resume, and Teach For America’s Résumé Toolkit, above. Top tips:

  • Keep a resume to no more than two pages; one page is preferred.
  • Use key words similar to those in the posting to show alignment between your experience and the role’s requirements.
  • If transitioning into policy, advocacy, or organizing, consider creating a “[Policy/Advocacy/Organizing] Experience” section, highlighting previous campaign work, relevant internships and fellowships, and relevant undergraduate and graduate activities. 

LEE’s Policy & Advocacy Resume Checklist

Sample Policy & Advocacy Resume

Cover Letters


Check out LEE’s Policy & Advocacy Cover Letter Checklist and this sample policy/advocacy cover letter. Top tips:

  • Tailor your letter to the opportunity. Look through the organization’s website and draw connections between your experiences and skills and the organization’s mission and work.
  • If applying for a political or partisan position (campaign, advocacy, some think tanks), be sure to ensure that your letter aligns with the political focus of the organization. 
  • If you’re shifting careers into policy, advocacy, or organizing, highlight transferable skills. For example, if you are applying for a Legislative Correspondent role on Capitol Hill, experience managing student data can translate to tracking and analyzing constituent letters. Or, if you are applying for an organizing position, experience building strong relationships and trust with your students’ families can translate into building strong relationships and trust in the communities with whom you’d be organzing.

LEE’s Policy & Advocacy Cover Letter Checklist

Sample Policy & Advocacy Cover Letter

Conduct a Successful Job Interviews


  • Prepare an outline of how you will answer common interview questions. If you know who will be interviewing you, research their previous experience. Anticipate likely questions given their background and areas of expertise. 
  • Bring a copy of your resume to interviews. 
  • Show that you have researched the organization well and demonstrate that your experience matches the job description. 
  • Be prepared to ask questions to learn about the work. 
  • Share successes you have had in previous work and be comfortable discussing failure and what you learned. 
  • Send a thank you note via email within one day of the interview
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