Government Relations & Lobbying Overview

Government relations involves monitoring legislative, executive, and regulatory activities to influence policy, legislation, regulation, or negotiations on behalf of interest groups, governments, industries, specific companies, or constituencies. These activities are also known as “lobbying.” Lobbyists persuade by providing research, information, and advice to elected officials and staff

Typical Career Positions

  • Lobbying Assistant
  • Legislative Associate
  • Lobbyist
  • Manager of Government Relations/Legislative Affairs
  • Director of Government Relations/Legislative Affairs

Recommended Experiences

  • Begin with volunteer work on political campaigns, Capitol Hill state houses, governmental agencies and issue campaigns for various public interest organizations or trade associations
  • Experience working in government - Moving in and out of government increases marketability in both the public and private sector
  • Contacts and networking are particularly important in this field!