Legislative Interns, Federal Affairs

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The Federal Affairs Department, which handles all federal legislation and regulatory issues for the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF), is seeking interns (click to view expanded position description). Interns have the opportunity to hone research and writing skills, strengthen communication and networking skills, use skills to address real-world issues involving regulatory and legislative issues.

This is a great option for law students, political science students, or anyone with a passion for making a difference in the lives of animals.

Responsibilities and projects include:

  • Conduct non-legal research and writing
  • Attend hearings, briefings, and meetings on Capitol Hill as required, and prepare reports for staff
  • Assist staff in mobilizing membership on key legislative initiatives
  • Assist staff in tracking legislation
  • Assist with select administrative tasks such as updating and preparing Excel spreadsheets, proofreading, assembling folders for lobby visits, preparing mailings, etc.

Strong intern applicants have a passion for making a difference in the lives of animals and meet the following requirements:

  • Interns must currently be enrolled in college or graduate school or have at minimum a bachelor's degree
  • Must have a strong work ethic and be eager to learn
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong research and critical thinking skills

The preferred time commitment is 40 hours per week for 12 weeks (full-time). Part-time schedules are considered, but priority consideration is given to those who can commit to a full-time schedule. Some long days and/or weekend work may be necessary.

This internship is unpaid; however, course credit can be arranged. Interns must pass a criminal background check and sign a waiver and release of liability. The position is located in our Washington, D.C., offices.

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HSLF is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, marital or parental status, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics. All EEO materials can be found at the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Regulatory Intern, Federal Affairs

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The Regulatory Affairs section of the Federal Affairs department, which works to support the regulatory goals of the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) to ensure that all animals receive the legislative and regulatory protections they deserve, is seeking an intern (click to view expanded position description). The intern will learn about animal protection regulations while assisting with research and data compilation on federal legislation and regulatory issues. The role provides the opportunity to strengthen communication, networking, animal advocacy and diplomacy skills. The intern will learn how research assists policy work for animal protection issues.

Responsibilities and projects include:

  • Research and draft briefing documents which highlight the important aspects of HSLF issues
  • Assist with legal and non-legal research as well as writing projects on federal regulations
  • Complete some administrative tasks
  • Attend congressional or agency meetings and hearings

Strong intern applicants have a passion for making a difference in the lives of animals and meet the following requirements:

  • Strong interest in animal protection issues
  • Must be a rising 2L, second or third year law student with excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Able to demonstrate flexibility and adapt to changing priorities, willingness to take initiative on a variety of projects, and have a strong work ethic Experience with online legal research tools such as Lexis and Westlaw research systems and proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Background and/or class work in administrative law, environmental law, or animal law

Time commitment:

  • Fall, winter and spring sessions: Minimum 10 hours per week for at least 10 weeks.
  • Summer session: Priority consideration is given to those who can commit to 40 hours per week for at least 10 weeks.

This internship is unpaid; however, course credit can be arranged. Interns must pass a criminal background check and sign a waiver and release of liability. The position is located in our Washington, D.C., offices.

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HSLF is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, marital or parental status, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics. All EEO materials can be found at the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Political Intern

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The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization which seeks to pass animal protection laws at the state and federal level, to educate the public about animal protection issues, and to support humane candidates for office. HSLF has a unique internship opportunity to develop valuable real-world experience and gain knowledge of the legislative process, policy work, lobbying, political activity and how they intersect with animal protection issues. Interns will assist with a variety of tasks to help promote and achieve HSLF’s mission. Read the expanded position description here.

The internship will also provide an opportunity to strengthen critical thinking and research skills while gaining in-depth knowledge of animal protection issues. Interns have the opportunity to meet with HSLF staff members to learn about each aspect of the organization and to attend HSLF meetings and educational presentations.

Responsibilities and projects include:

  • Researching and compiling information on legislation, political campaigns, and members of Congress
  • Aiding in the development of the Humane Scorecard
  • Responding to member inquiries regarding HSLF and animal protection issues via phone, email, and postal mail
  • Assisting with political activity including the compilation and review of direct mail, action alerts, and press releases during election years
  • Supporting HSLF event planning efforts for the congressional Humane Awards (every spring), Taking Action for Animals (summers of even numbered years), and Humane Lobby Day (some summers)
  • Attending occasional congressional briefings on animal protection issues and educational opportunities and presentations

We encourage those to apply who meet the following requirements:

  • Strong writing and interpersonal skills
  • Superior research skills and able to read and understand academic material
  • Attention to detail, commitment to accuracy, and an eagerness to learn about animal protection issues and political research
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, strong familiarity with the Internet and online research tools, and basic knowledge of social media
  • Basic knowledge of the Humane Society Legislative Fund by reading hslf.org for necessary background information
  • Able to work well independently and use good judgment

Priority consideration is given to those who can commit to 40 hours per week for 12 weeks. This internship is unpaid; however, we offer our interns a metro card to cover commuting costs and course credit can be arranged if applicable.” Interns must pass a criminal background check and sign a waiver and release of liability. The position is located in our Washington, D.C., office.

"Interning for HSLF gave me the opportunity to participate behind the scenes to get legislation passed. This internship is a great fit for someone wanting to hone a variety of skills, including memo writing, donor relations, event coordination, and data analysis, with opportunities to take on additional projects. Your supervisors and other staff go above and beyond to make sure you get an excellent experience.” –Caroline H., Spring 2018 Political Intern

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HSLF is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, marital or parental status, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics. All EEO materials can be found at the U.S. Department of Labor.

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