Undergraduate Policy Intern, Spring 2023

Blockchain Association

Blockchain Association

Legal · Intern
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Friday, October 21, 2022

About Us

The Blockchain Association (BA) is the unified voice of the cryptocurrency industry in Washington, DC. We are the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a pro-innovation policy environment for the digital asset economy. Our members include the industry’s top companies, investors, and software developers working together to educate policymakers about blockchain technology and its ability to pave the way for a more secure, competitive, and consumer-friendly digital marketplace. Our mission is to forge consensus on key policy solutions among the private sector, regulators, lawmakers, and the public so that crypto can flourish in the United States.

Role and Responsibilities

We are hiring a part-time Undergraduate Policy Intern who will have a unique opportunity to work on novel, complex, and exciting issues at the leading edge of digital asset law and policy. The Undergraduate Policy Intern will make meaningful, substantive contributions to BA strategy and work product, and will develop valuable government affairs experience.

As a Undergraduate Policy Intern, you will:

  • Conduct research and assist in developing policy positions on a broad range of issues related to the digital asset industry, including mining, staking, trading, custody, privacy, decentralized finance, stablecoins, non-fungible tokens, DAOs, gaming, and more
  • Analyze policy issues relevant to the crypto industry and help draft Hill briefing memos, talking points, whitepapers, comment letters, educational materials, and other documents
  • Monitor proposed legislation, agency rulemakings, pending litigation, and other matters
  • Stay up to date, and help keep the team up to date, on emerging research and analysis
  • Assist BA in preparing for meetings with Hill staff, regulators, and other policymakers
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of BA’s policy goals as needed

The Undergraduate Policy Intern will work from our Washington, DC office, with remote work as appropriate.

Qualifications

To qualify, you must:

  • Be in your final year of your undergraduate education (graduating this academic year)
  • Have a strong, demonstrated interest in digital assets and blockchain technology
  • Have excellent critical thinking, research, writing, and verbal communication skills
  • Have outstanding attention to detail, time management, and organizational skills
  • Have self-motivation and drive to take ownership of projects and operate with autonomy
  • Be a team player who thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced, creative environment
  • Be a open-minded, respectful professional with a sense of curiosity

We also prefer if you have:

  • The desire to pursue a career related to the cryptocurrency industry after graduation
  • A passion for protecting civil liberties such as freedom of speech and financial privacy
  • Experience using digital assets and other blockchain technology, such as DeFi or NFTs

Although we expect the Undergraduate Policy Intern to start work in January 2023, we are also glad to consider candidates who would like to start work immediately.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following materials to careers@theblockchainassociation.org:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Writing sample
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • List of three references

Please include “Undergraduate Policy Intern” in your email subject line. Your cover letter should be limited to one page and describe your interest in digital assets and why you are qualified for this role. Your writing sample should reflect original research and analysis.

Qualified candidates will be asked to complete a brief timed writing exercise and interview with current BA staff. We encourage interested candidates to apply quickly; application review will begin immediately, and the position will be filled on a rolling basis.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Blockchain Association is committed to providing a workplace based on equal opportunity where diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, disability, or any other identity or characteristic.