Project Assistant, Policy

Early Career Opportunities Washington, District Of Columbia New York, New York Chicago, Illinois San Francisco, California Seattle, Washington Raleigh, North Carolina United States Los Angeles, California

You are self-directed and motivated to win for your clients every day. You create opportunities to drive the message and position issues leveraging the full spectrum of communications and engagement tactics. You have experience serving in a key role on major projects. You have a desire to learn and grow – both across industries and communication mediums. You know how to work with clients and have a positive attitude that wins the confidence of clients and inspires teams. 

What we bring you: the 2017 Public Affairs Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report, with smart, fun colleagues and opportunities to work with people around the country and across the globe. The chance to work on some of the most interesting and challenging issues of the day for leading companies and associations. An opportunity to succeed and chart your course based on what you bring to the table – not where you sit on the org chart. 


  • Counsel clients on complex policy issues, and develop compelling content to convey these issues to the general public
  • Support and implement a wide range of strategic communications and issue campaigns for our high profile, globally-recognized clients
  • Provide the highest level of client service through proactive account management, while also managing staff (both senior and junior) to successfully maintain and grow client relationships
  • Participate in the development of multi-faceted, integrated communications and issue campaigns to position client issues and priorities with key audiences that may include elected officials, media, consumers, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders
  • Monitor developments in key client issue areas and flag opportunities for further client engagement
  • Participate in opportunities for organic client growth, maintaining strong relationships with key clients and growing APCO’s profile within their networks
  • Participate in business development activities including writing proposals and developing pitch decks
  • Support internal marketing and business management efforts


  • Up to one year of policy, communications, or advocacy work
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Exceptional writing and analytical skills, including the ability to write strategically and creatively under tight deadlines and communicate complex policy issues in accessible, plain-English terms
  • Excellent client and interpersonal skills; ability to manage client relationships and communicate effectively by phone, email, and in-person
  • Strong presentation skills including briefing senior-level clients and/or colleagues
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects, as well as prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience on policy issues pertaining to technology such as data privacy, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and cybersecurity is preferred, but not required
  • Experience working at federal agencies, in Congress, or in state and local governments is preferred, but not required

About APCO

APCO Worldwide is an advisory and advocacy communications consultancy helping leading public and private sector organizations act with agility, and build organizational reputations, brands, relationships and solutions to succeed. APCO is an independent and majority women-owned business.

Most importantly, we are a trusted partner to our clients. We help them anticipate, plan, execute and secure impact through our curiosity, insights and diverse expertise.

Our clients benefit from APCO leaders who have the pulse of the dynamically changing global environment that defines the marketplace; the first-hand experience of having faced significant issues or opportunities; the ability to harness the power of data, insights and technology; and the passion to deliver unparalleled results.

Our expertise and integrated approach enable us to provide a full range of services, across industry sectors and global markets, allowing us to offer effective counsel and programs for boards of directors and CEOs. We meet the evolving needs of executives and their teams in communications, public affairs, government relations, legal, risk, organizational transformation, international relations, corporate responsibility and brand marketing.

We measure success in the transformations we help to catalyze, our clients’ impact on society and their continued profitable growth.

APCO Worldwide, named "Public Affairs Agency of the Year" 2017 “Best Large Agency to Work For” 2013-2014 and one of the “Top Places to Work in PR” by PRNews, offers a collegial work environment, countless training and development opportunities, and a competitive compensation and benefits package.