Crisis & Counseling Centers (C&C) is seeking a Policy & Advocacy Intern to join our Communications & Development team to advance C&C’s values and interests by promoting policies that support our mission. We work to inform and shape policy in a number of ways, including congressional advocacy, legislative advocacy, administration advocacy, and active participation in working groups and other coalition efforts. Interns will gain knowledge and experience in research methods, data analysis, and writing.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Researching to develop content for issue advocacy campaigns.
  • Writing white papers, articles, op-eds, testimony, factsheets, and one-pagers to support advocacy efforts.
  • Briefing senators and representatives and assisting with correspondence to statewide partners and legislative offices.
  • Attending legislative hearings and briefings and policy committee meetings of the Maine Alliance for Addiction and Mental Health Services, and other working groups and coalition efforts.
  • Leading tours of agency facilities for members of the congressional delegation, Maine State legislature, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Assisting with mailings, bill tracking, canvassing and outreach calls and general administrative tasks.
  • Other projects as assigned.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a strong record of academic achievement and independent, analytic thinking.
  • Excel in communication, both oral and written.
  • Seeks opportunities to go above and beyond.
  • Continuously demonstrate a willingness to learn.
  • Have the ability to identify patterns, trends, and discrepancies in data.
  • Have a basic understanding of Microsoft Word and Excel applications.
  • Self-manage deadlines, assignments, and daily work routines.
  • Collaborate well with others.
  • Possess an intellectual curiosity in policymaking and the process and functions of government.

Previous experience, whether personal or professional, in the behavioral health or substance use treatment fields, as well as spending time with individuals in various stages of recovery is a plus. The candidate should be compassionate, patient, sensitive, and mindful of the vulnerability of the population with serve and the stigma that often surrounds the services we provide.

Our internship opportunities are somewhat flexible. All interns are expected to work at least 10 hours per week, and to be available a minimum of 4 months. This work can be conducted remotely or at our headquarters located in Augusta, Maine. We work with clients of all ages with a variety of mental health and substance use issues. Those who are working toward or have recently completed a degree in English, journalism, communications, marketing, political science, business, psychology or a related field are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please keep in mind that this position is unpaid and we are looking for interns who want to gain more experience and/or need college credits.

About Crisis & Counseling Centers (C&C): For 53 years, C&C has been providing community-based mental health and substance use disorder treatment and intellectual and developmental disabilities services across communities in Maine. We’re committed to delivering effective solutions to address the diverse behavioral health needs of Mainer’s that honors the dignity of the clients we serve.

We offer the following programs:

Apply Online by November 30th:

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Susan Gordon, Human Resources Manager:

Telephone: 207-213-4545


Address: 10 Caldwell Rd, Augusta, Maine 04330