Please submit a cover letter (note your preferred start and end dates in your letter) and résumé with your application. Currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. Thank you.
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.
Some 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