June 14, 2013
Public Policy: Farm Animal Protection Campaign Interns—Campaigns
Our Campaigns department is seeking interns (click to view expanded position description). Campaigns educates the public about animal issues, advocates for strong legislation and public policies to protect them, partners with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies, investigates cases of animal cruelty, and provides animal rescue and emergency response.
Public Policy interns will learn about our Farm Animal Protection Campaign and gain experience and knowledge through the study of farm animal-related issues and advocacy with a particular emphasis on public policy and legislation. The interns will also have the opportunity to attend monthly Campaigns department meetings, morning briefings, educational presentations, grassroots meetings, and other Farm Animal Protection Campaign meetings as scheduled.
Interns will be able to gain a deeper understanding of farm animal protection advocacy and learn how it intersects with the issues of public policy, sustainable farming practices, animal welfare, factory farming, humane eating, the broader animal agricultural industry, and animal protection legislation.
Responsibilities and projects include:
- Prepare documents, such as fact sheets, for legislative committees and stakeholders
- Perform research on farm animal studies as well as legislation and public policy; gather, analyze, and organize findings
- Track and report on pending farm animal welfare legislation utilizing the state legislature websites to monitor the progress of our bills
- Make phone calls to HSUS members in support of legislation and new public policies
- Conduct research, provide outreach, and build support for state legislation
Strong intern applicants meet the following requirements:
- Strong written and oral communication skills, as well as superior research skills
- Strong attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy
- Proficient in online research tools, Microsoft Office suite, and general knowledge of social media
- Able to work well independently and use good judgment
- Basic knowledge of farm animal protection issues by reading Introduction to Farm Animal Protection Campaign[PDF] and www.FarmAnimalWelfare.org for necessary background information
The internship time commitment is approximately 30 hours per week for 10–12 weeks; a reduced schedule would be considered. This internship offers a commuting stipend corresponding to number of days worked (maximum $50/week) is available; it is paid upon successful completion of the internship. Additionally, course credit can be arranged.
Interns must pass a criminal background check and sign a waiver and release of liability. The internship is located in our Gaithersburg, Md., office.