Government Affairs: Internship Opportunities available at Microsoft

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Closing date: Ongoing

Location: Johannesburg

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Sciences, Economics, BCom/BA Laws or related field 
  • You must be legally authorised to work in South Africa to be eligible for this role. (Legally authorised = has citizenship or has been granted a valid visa or work permit).

Additional or Preferred Qualifications 

  • 1+ years experience in developing and managing strategic relationships to advocate and influence public/technology policy priorities.

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As a government affairs intern you will be responsible for : 
Strategy/Program Management   

  • Contributes to execution of Microsoft strategies and/or programs related to government affairs.
  • Conducts legal, policy, technology, and other research to support the strategies of the team; coordinates budget of team and supports logistical issues. 

 Subject Matter Expertise and Influence 

  • Assists in the gathering of data and intelligence information to support the preparation of position papers, policy briefings, presentations, and legislative testimony for legislative action.
  • Stays up-to-date on issues relating to public policy and/or geo-political topics.
  • Conducts research to advance Microsoft policy and/or political agenda.

Representing Microsoft 

  • Assists with planning, organizing, and/or executing internal/external events by developing content, drafting materials, and engaging in social media 

External Relationships 

  • Builds relationships on behalf of Microsoft at relevant external events and/or partners with leaders to drive relationships; tracks changes in the regulatory environment and/or proposals for changes; maintains open communication with regulatory agencies.
  • Supports efforts to advance Public Sector goals.

Internal Collaboration

  • Participates in and coordinates intra-group and/or cross-group projects 

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

  • Industry leading healthcare
  • Educational resources
  • Discounts on products and services
  • Savings and investments

  • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Generous time away
  • Giving programs
  • Opportunities to network and connect

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