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Government Relations Internship


ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
Spring and Summer 2014 Internships

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is our nation’s first humane organization and one of the largest nonprofit animal welfare organizations in the world. The ASPCA provides local and national leadership in caring for pets and pet parents, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals, and serving victims of animal cruelty.

The ASPCA’s Government Relations Department works to help enact meaningful legal protections for animals at the state and federal levels. We lobby for bills that strengthen animal protection and prevent cruelty; we work to ensure that strong regulations are issued by agencies to implement new policies; we offer advocacy training and support for citizens who wish to engage in policy change; and we work on ballot campaigns to advance protections when a legislative solution is unavailable.

Program: The ASPCA seeks dedicated and passionate Government Relations interns to, under direct supervision, provide assistance on key projects necessary to the furtherance of our goals and will become familiar with the role that the Department plays in legislative and policy work. Internships are based out of our Washington D.C. office.

Internship Structure: The duration of each internship position is flexible and will be determined on case-by-case basis. 10-16 weeks, 20-40 hours per week are preferred. Generally, the position should be:

Fall Semester: Between August 15th and December 31st
Spring Semester: Between January 2nd and May 30th
Summer: Between May 15th and August 30th
At the will and sole discretion of the ASPCA

Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, veterinary or law study, who have an interest in pursuing a career working in animal welfare, public policy, political science, law, or other relevant field. Recent graduates may also be considered.

Academic Credit: This internship is structured as a learning or work study program and can be the basis for credit at the undergraduate or graduate school level. Students will be mentored by professional lobbyists and attorneys.

Pay: Course credit/work study credit is encouraged and can be arranged if eligible. The intern is responsible for arranging this with the school. If not receiving academic credit for the internship, internship pay is $10/hour.

Learning Objectives: Interns will be given opportunities to: help to mobilize the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade membership on key initiatives; aid in tracking the existence and movement of administrative regulations and laws pertaining to animals; draft letters and other documents and conduct legal and issue research to assist regulatory, federal and state efforts; attend Capitol Hill events, such as hearings and briefings; attend and/or help organize coalition meetings; and local events; respond to information requests from ASPCA constituents; serve as office liaison for traveling and remote staff members; attend strategy and staff meetings; and assist with miscellaneous office tasks and projects as needed.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. When applying, please indicate which time periods are being applied for.

Housing: Housing is not available and is the intern’s responsibility

Skills Requirement: A successful candidate will display the following qualities: excellent communication skills, both verbal and written; ability to work independently as well as collaboratively as part of a team; high level of organization and attention to detail; ability to set priorities to meet deadlines effectively; a strong sense of professionalism; enthusiasm for advocacy; an intense desire to improve the lives of animals.

Additional Information: All interns will be required to sign our Work Study/Internship Agreement and review our Internship Handbook by the official start date of the engagement.

Please email — with “ASPCA Internship Application” in the subject line — your application including (1) a cover letter, (2) resume, (3) a list of professional and academic references (at least one of each), and (4) a writing sample to:

Laura Hagen
Grassroots Advocacy Manager
Government Relations
GRinternship@aspca.org
ASPCA
600 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Suite 450
Washington, DC 2003

Location: Washington, D.C.

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