FLA Advocacy Internship Fall 2017

Florida Library Association (FLA) Advocacy Internship



The Florida Library Association (FLA) http://www.flalib.org/ is looking for an intern to become proficient in the American Library Association (ALA) Engage advocacy program (previously called CapWiz) and provide training to FLA advocates. Engage is a shared online advocacy network for state and federal grassroots advocacy.

For example, FLA can use Engage to:

  • Disseminate message targeting specific elected officials, issues or legislation
  • Give FLA advocates the ability to contact elected officials easily
  • Educate stakeholders, empower them to take action, and influence the legislative process.

The intern will work in the FLA office and with the FLA Advocacy & Legislative Committee and the FLA Executive Director.

This internship will begin on August 28, 2017 and will earn 3 hours of class credit, requiring 10 hours per week at the FLA office for fifteen weeks.



  • View Engage Tutorial
  • Participate in or view the ALA Discover Engage online training session
  • Participate in online monthly meetings with FLA Advocacy & Legislative Committee
  • Provide training to grassroots advocates including FLA Advocacy & Legislative Committee and others on use of Engage
  • Create a brief tutorial for FLA staff and Advocacy & Legislative Committee to navigate and use Engage
  • Create summary of efforts and present at FLA online board meetings
  • Write up efforts for submission to Florida Libraries

Other tasks may include:

  • Establish social network relationships with key Florida legislators and develop scripts to use for messaging
  • Creating website content in regards to library advocacy and legislation
  • Ability and willingness to help coordinate logistics for Library Day 2018



  • Currently enrolled in FSU MS in Information program
  • Fluent in Social Media platforms to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, or Flickr
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills. Ability to collaborate with FLA staff verbally and in writing
  • Can work independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work in a small-office environment
  • Can create and edit visual media
  • Has personal technology and internet access


  • Knowledge of legislative process
  • Previous experience creating advocacy tools


Good to Know:

The FLA staff and leadership includes many people who have served in interns as part of their education. We will endeavor to provide good, resume building projects. While the expectations are high and not all the work will be exciting, it will on balance help the successful candidate gain professional experience in a positive setting.

Our office has plenty of parking and we are located in town close to the universities. We are open 9:00 to 5:30 and will work around your class schedule to establish a schedule for the internship.

If you are interest in this internship please send a resume and cover letter via email to:  Dawn Pollock, Executive Director.