Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) is a social welfare organization incorporated under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. HSLF works 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. Review our Frequently Asked Questions here. Review our financial statements here.
Most animal protection organizations are non-profit charities and, as such, are limited in their lobbying work. Even if you combine their spending on public policy lobbying, you’d find that the total is miniscule compared to that of our opponents. The NRA, for example, spends tens of millions of dollars each year on lobbying and political activity. Our other political opponents—including the American Farm Bureau, the National Pork Producers Council, Safari Club International, and Ringling Bros.—have huge war chests. We are at a distinct and often overwhelming disadvantage when we attempt to push sweeping and meaningful reforms.
HSLF was formed in 2004 as a separate lobbying affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States. As a 501(c)(4) lobbying organization, HSLF can engage in more public policy work, build an army of trained activists, and compete with other groups that have long been operating at a different level. HSLF may not be able to match its opponents dollar for dollar, but it will be more aggressive and more effective. That means more lobbyists at the state and federal levels, more ballot initiatives, and more victories for animals.
HSLF publishes the Humane Scorecard, which tracks the voting records of members of Congress, as well as a Voter Guide, which makes recommendations for supporting humane candidates. Please join HSLF as we take our legislative activity to a whole new level and push forward a wide range of reforms for animals. It’s time to get political for animals.
HSLF INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE
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 (click to view expanded position description) 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.
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
- 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
- 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.