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Council of State Governments is a non-profit organizations that brings state governments together to learn from each other, and they're hiring.

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Associate Vice President for State Government Relations And
Charlottesville, VA
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Assistant General Council
Denver, CO
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Council Representative Lead
Washington, DC
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Third Tier Executive - Mayor&Council Office
Dallas, TX
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Lead, State Public Policy and Government Affairs, Waymo
Mountain View, CA
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Executive Director, Washington Statewide Reentry Council [05454]
Olympia, WA
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Director Government Affairs
Sacramento, CA
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Political Science Associate (Part-time) Instructor Pool 2016 - 2017
Oceanside, CA
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Government Affairs Analyst
Plano, TX
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Instructor in Political Science Part Time Pool
Ventura, CA
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A lot of people overlook the importance of state and local governments. They get all excited about federal elections, but overlook the elections that are closer to home. I’m sure there are a lot of reasons for this, but I’d generally like to start seeing states taking back some power from Washington (though the thought of the State of Illinois having more power scares me to no end). Anyway, states have a huge advantage in governing in that they have 49 peers (more if you include territories, foreign provinces, etc.) who are dealing with similar issues. State governments can work together, share ideas, and benefit from each other’s experiences. A lot of that is done through the Council of State Governments, which is a nonpartisan non-profit organization that “fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy.” They’re headquartered in Lexington, KY (with multiple other offices), and they work in all three branches of state governments.

Sharing Capitol Ideas

Much of what the Council of State Governments does is done through region-based forums that bring together state officials to give them “opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.” A state governor always acts as the organization’s President, and a member of a state legislature always act as chairman. CSG’s programming is split into three key areas: Leadership Programs, Policy Programs, and Innovations. The best way to get a better understanding of what is going on at CSG is probably to read their Capitol Ideas Magazine. If you find yourself reading for a while, you may want to take a look at the Council of State Governments’ Career opportunities. Right now they have a few opportunities that might be suitable for a new or recent grad including:

Hopefully one of these opportunities will be a good fit for you. There are also offices in Sacramento, CA; Atlanta, GA; and Lombard, IL; so watch out for future opportunities in those locations.

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