I can haz policy?
March 5, 2010 5:25 PM Subscribe
So, I’m applying for an amazing-sounding job with an organization that works to create peace and address the root causes of violence against women internationally. They want a sample of policy writing, but I haven’t done any!
The job is primarily focused on running events to help the organization achieve advocacy and policy goals, coordinating meetings and conferences (from travel arrangements to finding suppliers, etc.), training and supervising volunteers, budgeting, some fundraising, database management, and office administration – in fact, no policy-related stuff. However, they’re asking for a short writing sample (5 pages) that is preferably policy-related. I have not ever written policy. I’ve written lots of communications-type pieces (annual reports, website content, newsletters, etc., etc.). My plan at this point is to submit one of those pieces, since it’s something that I’ve done for an actual job, but I’d like to write something that is policy-related that I can include – to show that I can do it, and to show that I’m willing to make the effort to write something new for this application.
The problem is: I don’t know where to start. My academic background is in Women’s Studies, but more from a cultural studies point of view than social studies (though I have some of that, too). I’m involved with reproductive rights activism. I’ve worked in community health. Should I pull on one of those things to write something? Does anyone working in any related sector have an idea of what kind of thing I should write? And does anyone have some resources to link me to that could be of help? I’m in Ontario, Canada.
Throwaway e-mail: email@example.com. Thanks!