Federal Policy Fellow, Federal Affairs

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In this position you will assist the Senior Coordinator by providing support for the President of HSLF and the Federal Affairs team on federal legislative and regulatory efforts and administrative tasks. You will research and draft factsheets and briefing documents, comply with scheduling and accounting requests, help with grassroots efforts, and support the overall management of the department.

You will be responsible for:

  • Assisting with lobby day events, such as the Taking Action for Animals (TAFA)/Lobby Day; this includes but is not limited to providing materials to volunteers, answering questions, and scheduling and coordinating meetings for as many as 250 participants. Helping coordinate other events including the annual Congressional Humane Awards reception by monitoring RSVPs and ensuring that everything runs smoothly during the actual event;
  • Helping prepare and maintain legislative and regulatory documents including priority factsheets, cosponsor lists, endorsement lists, agency briefing documents, and grassroots alerts. Drafting LTEs;
  • Helping provide research needed to support legislative, regulatory, and grassroots actions;
  • Assisting with all accounting requests and general administrative tasks including scheduling;
  • Helping monitor the introduction of bills, notice of hearings and votes, notices for agency rules, and policies and provide the information to the appropriate staff in HSLF, APL, and programs/campaigns;
  • Helping with all aspects of the annual Humane Scorecard including regularly maintaining cosponsor and leadership information.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or equivalent work experience required;
  • Research and writing experience required;
  • General understanding of regulatory and legislative process;
  • Proficiency of Microsoft Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook);
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Attention to detail and commitment to excellence demonstrated by the delivery of quality and timely outcomes;
  • Strong interpersonal skills are necessary;
  • Strong interest in animal protection issues preferred.

This position is located in Washington, DC.

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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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Specialist, Regulatory

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The position of Regulatory Specialist, under the direction of the Director of Regulatory Affairs, will encourage the development and enforcement of rules and regulations that support the protection of animals at federal government agencies as needed.

You will be responsible for:

  • Spearheading organizational work on federal government regulations;
  • Acting as a liaison between HSLF/HSUS staff and officials at federal agencies;
  • Working with program staff on drafting comments/letters to the agencies and oversees resources in support of agency efforts (action alerts, blogs, work with coalition partners);
  • Developing and maintaining positive relationships with agency officials in order to discuss proposed regulations and enforcement of laws that support the protection of animals;
  • Providing guidance to HSLF legislative staff on top requests during the federal budget process;
  • Providing assistance on federal legislative work where needed.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Law degree required;
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience working with federal agencies to develop and enforce regulations required;
  • Understanding the regulatory process and case law impacting federal regulations and policies is essential;
  • Knowledge of the laws implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Health and Human Services involving animals is required;
  • Ability to understand and interpret complex scientific data;
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook);
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment with frequent deadlines; high energy, self-motivated and proactive;
  • Ability to multitask and be flexible with regard to workload and assignments;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Attention to detail and commitment to excellence demonstrated by the delivery of quality and timely outcomes;
  • Ability to work both independently and as an effective team member in a team environment;
  • Strong interest in animal protection issues preferred.

This position is located in Washington, DC.

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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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Legislative Intern, 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 political activity, the legislative process, advocacy, volunteer relations, PAC work, and current laws and policies as they relate to animal protection. 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 legislation and political races
  • Assisting with data compilation
  • Drafting content such as letters to the editor
  • Responding to member inquiries
  • Assisting with political activity including the compilation and review of direct mail, action alerts, and press releases during election seasons
  • Attending occasional candidate fundraisers, congressional briefings on animal protection issues, and related educational opportunities
  • Aiding in event planning and attending events when they coincide with the internship

We encourage those to apply who meet the following requirements:

  • Must either be currently enrolled in college or graduate school, or have attained a bachelor's degree
  • Strong interest in animal protection issues and political research as well as knowledge of government and politics
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Superior research skills and able to read and understand academic material
  • Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy
  • 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 Humane Society Legislative Fund
  • Able to work well independently and use good judgment

Interns are expected to commit to 20 hours per week for 12 weeks, subject to discussion. 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.

This position is remote or based 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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