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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
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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