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Corporate Political Affairs' Internship

Date: Nov 10, 2021

Location: LANSING, MI, US

Company: Consumers Energy

Join the diverse and dynamic team that powers Michigan's largest energy provider and one of the nation's largest gas and electric combination utilities.  Consumers Energy services 6.7 million of Michigan's 10 million residents - caring for our friends and neighbors in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.  We embrace a cleaner and leaner utility vision focused on eliminating energy waste and adding renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar.

At Consumers Energy, we offer more than just a place to work. We foster a culture that supports career development, growth, and stability, and we take pride in offering our co-workers excellent benefits and compensation packages. We are deliberately creating an inclusive culture that makes our diverse team of co-workers feel valued, supported, and empowered every day. We're a company made up of thousands of people, all with different stories to share and work to do, but we stand united in our company purpose: world class performance delivering hometown service.

 

Department Summary

The Corporate Political Affairs Internship Program is geared towards current college students who are earning a political science or related degree and who have a passion for increasing their understanding of the governmental and political affairs landscape at the state and federal level.  The Corporate Political Affairs Internship Program at Consumers Energy has core principles in place to challenge the intern and practically apply previous experience and education.   

 

Job Description/Responsibilities

Responsible for providing administrative support within Corporate Political Affairs and Governmental Affairs.  This could include research, database management, analyzing and preparing information on policy issue areas and elections; assisting in coordination of special events, meetings and other communications, data, and other administrative duties, prepare drafts of correspondence and other documents and interacting with the Executive Committee, the Steering Committee and members of Employees for Better Government (EBG) Political Action Committee (PAC).May require lifting and/or carrying heavy loads (Approx. 5-35lbs)
Must be able to interface and work with teams with diverse disciplines, understand their administrative needs and requirements. Must be willing and able to rely on Policies, Procedures, Job Aids and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the position. The successful candidate will possess good computer skills, including the aptitude and ability to learn and use one or more versions of specialized software. We are willing to train the skilled candidate on the job.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This posting does not represent a specific position and is posted for the purpose of collecting resumes for students interested in a Political Affairs internship opportunity with Consumers Energy. Opportunities could include summer 2021 Internships, fall or spring co-op, part-time year-round co-op, etc.

Due to the nature of this posting, and alignment to the fall recruitment season, applications will be collected from January through March of 2021. Response to your application may be delayed due to the extended application period. 

 

Consumers Energy Employee Referrals

If you are a Consumers Energy employee that would like to refer an applicant to this position, please visit your Workforce Connect home page and utilize the “Refer Friends and Family” section.

For questions please contact E-Recruiting@cmsenergy.com

 

Requirements/Qualifications

Enrolled and actively pursuing an associates or bachelor's degree in political science from an accredited university as a full time or part time student.  A successful candidate should have a GPA of 2.7 or higher.

 

Some of the basic skills required for the role:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Detail Oriented
  • Highly Motivated
  • Well-organized
  • Team Oriented
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook Email System
  • Self-Starter
  • Attitude and Aptitude to Learn New Skills and Perform New Responsibilities

 

The following skills and experience may set you apart from others:

  • Understanding and knowledge of Michigan Campaign Finance Law and Federal Election Commission Guidelines
  • Proficiency in software applications such as Cision Government Relations and SharePoint
  • Event planning and management experience
  • Must have strong political acumen and interest in learning skills relevant to grassroots communications, PAC growth and management, elections and be willing to work in a non-partisan setting

The location of the internship may vary depending upon assignment and travel within the State of Michigan may be required. However, during this time of uncertainty, we are committed to ensuring the safety and health of our communities and co-workers.  We are using new and innovative ways to interview and onboard new employees remotely at this time. This role could be remote until our leadership team has determined it’s safe to resume work in the office.

 

Essential Functions

In addition to working alongside full time employees carrying out Corporate Political Affairs functions for Consumers Energy, Corporate Political Affairs Program Interns will have the option to participate in a number of additional optional events within the program. This includes intern networking events, company tours, and the consistently top-ranked philanthropic event, the Intern Challenge.

 

Hours and Travel

This position requires the individual to typically work 20 hours per week with 85% of the time spent in the office or specific field locations. Travel is required to job sites and project meetings and could be significant dependent upon location.  Individuals need to be willing to work additional hours as necessary.

 

Physical Requirements 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The recommended maximum weight for employees to lift without the aid of other employees or a lifting device is 35 pounds.  


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In compliance with the Executive Order issued by President Biden, all CMS Enterprises and Consumers Energy co-workers are required to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  This includes remote, hybrid and in-person employees, new employees, and our service contractors. All hires must be fully vaccinated before they start. Proof of vaccination will be required. If you are unable to be vaccinated due to a disability (including medical conditions) or a sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance, you may be entitled to an accommodation in accordance with applicable law.
 
All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.


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