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
- Assisting with political activity including the compilation and review of direct mail, action alerts, and press releases
- Supporting HSLF event planning efforts for the congressional Humane Awards (spring), Taking Action for Animals (summer), and Humane Lobby Day (summer)
- Attending organizational meetings, congressional briefings on animal protection issues, and educational opportunities and presentations
We encourage those to apply who meet the following requirements:
- Strong critical thinking, research, writing, and interpersonal skills
- Attention to detail, commitment to accuracy, and an eagerness to learn about animal protection issues and political research
- Proficient in online research tools (i.e. THOMAS, Open Secrets, CQ/Roll Call, The Cook Political Report) and Microsoft Office suite
- 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 a minimum of 24 hours per week for 12 weeks. Other schedules will be considered on a case-by-case basis. This internship is unpaid; however, 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.
To apply, fill out an application. Note: You will be asked to submit a resumé and cover letter with this application.