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Public Affairs Summer 2023 Intern

Primary Location 316 PENNSYLVANIA AVE SUITE 300 , WASHINGTON, DC - United States, 20003 Job ID 339857

UPS Global Public Affairs has an opportunity for the annual Global Public Affairs Intern in Washington, D.C. UPS (NYSE: UPS) is one of the world’s largest companies, with 2021 revenue of $97.3 billion, and provides a broad range of integrated logistics solutions for customers in more than 220 countries and territories. Focused on its purpose statement, “Moving our world forward by delivering what matters,” the company’s more than 500,000 employees embrace a strategy that is simply stated and powerfully executed: Customer First. People Led. Innovation Driven. UPS is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and supporting the communities we serve around the world. UPS also takes an unwavering stance in support of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Start Date: 6/5/2023
End Date: 8/4/2023

An Exciting Opportunity at the Nexus of Politics, Transportation, Logistics and Sustainability: The Intern will have an opportunity to support UPS government affairs strategy in Washington, D.C. by contributing to federal and state efforts of UPS on key topics, including:

  • advocating federally and in the states for a pro-business tax environment that enhances our long-term global competitiveness and provides incentives to support our sustainability initiatives.
  • ensuring infrastructure and sustainable energy policies are developed holistically, improving surface transportation funding, enabling the use of advanced technologies – including autonomous trucks – and promoting an expanded, alternative fuel air and ground fleet.
  • supporting an inclusive trade agenda while promoting the value of global supply chains by seeking opportunities to advance pro-growth trade principle and streamlining customs processes.  
  • improving network flexibility and competitiveness by advocating for policies that limit labor risk and strengthen our position to compete with industry disruptors.

The intern will work to enhance UPS relationships with key government officials and industry organizations to promote a business and policy environment that is more favorable to our growth objectives and our vision for sustainability and corporate responsibility. The role is based in Washington, D.C. The person fulfilling this role will be integrated into relatively small but engaged and diverse team of government relations professionals where they will have an opportunity to take on more substantial work than a typical intern, gaining valuable experience in public policy, lobbying, and corporate strategy.

In this role, the intern will be responsible for internal and external activity, including the following:

  • Collating public affairs materials and developing/maintaining the ‘library’ of materials
  • Creating and organizing public affairs collateral
  • Developing important communications materials needed for government relations outreach
  • Attending Congressional hearings and meetings with key officials. Intern will provide succinct written readouts
  • Scheduling and attending virtual or in-person meetings with congressional staff on key policy issues
  • Completing stakeholder maps on key issue areas
  • Assisting the Public Affairs team with gathering relevant government relations policy issues and UPS’s policy priorities content that can be highlighted on social media


We understand skills and competencies show up in many ways and can be based on your life experience. If you do not necessarily meet all the requirements that are listed, we still encourage you to apply for the position.

  • Enjoy politics and policy issues
  • Enjoy socializing, networking and facilitating connections
  • Be open to work in a small team as a contributor and self-starter
  • Be organized and good at helping others get organized
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Currently working on a degree in Political Science, Public Policy, Government Relations, Economics or Law, or similar
  • Interested in a future career in law, government, or government relations


UPS is an equal opportunity employer. UPS does not discriminate on the basis of race/color/religion/sex/national origin/veteran/disability/age/sexual orientation/gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law