The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is our nation's oldest humane organization and one of the largest nonprofit animal welfare organizations in the world.
The Government Relations Department works to help enact meaningful protections for animals at the state and federal levels. We offer advocacy training and support for citizens who wish to engage in policy change; we lobby for bills that strengthen animal protection and prevent cruelty; we work to ensure that strong regulations are issued to implement new policies; and we work on ballot campaigns to advance protections when a legislative solution is unavailable.
The duration of each Internship position will be determined on case-by-case basis. Generally, the Spring Internship position will be:
Between May 7th and August 31st, 2012;
10-16 weeks, 20-40 hrs/wk preferred.
At the will and sole discretion of the ASPCA.
The 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 staff and attorneys.
Government Relations Interns will, under direct supervision, learn about and 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. These unpaid positions are based out of our Washington D.C. office.
The 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 meetings, hearings, and local events as an ASPCA representative;
Respond to information requests from ASPCA constituents;
Serve as office liaison for traveling and remote staff members;
Attend strategy and staff meetings;
Assist with miscellaneous office tasks and projects as needed.
Students currently enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or law study, who have an interest in pursuing a career working in animal welfare, public policy, political science, law, or other relevant field.
This is an unpaid, volunteer internship. Course credit/work study credit can be arranged if eligible, and the Intern is responsible for arranging this with the school.
Credit hours can be awarded for completion of the full internship program.
Housing is not available and is the responsibility of the Intern.
A successful candidate will display the following qualities:
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
Ability to work independently as well as part of a small team with ASPCA staff and possibly with professionals from other organizations;
High level of organization and attention to detail;
Ability to set priorities to meet deadlines effectively;
An intense desire to improve the lives of animals.
All Interns will be required to sign our Work Study/Internship Agreement and review our Internship Manual on or before the official start date of the engagement.
washingtonpost.com - 14 months ago