October 30, 2013
Legislative Intern—State Affairs
Our State Affairs department, which works to advance national and state agenda items and priorities within each state, is seeking a legislative intern (click to view expanded position description) who wants to learn the legislative process through legal research while making a difference in the lives of animals across the country.
The internship provides the opportunities to learn in-depth about state legislation, strengthen research and writing abilities, develop a structured mentor/mentee relationship and gain a deeper understanding of animal protection issues, all while receiving job training and an educational experience.
Some specific internship responsibilities include:
- Research state statutes and regulations on various animal protection issues
- Create state law charts to determine what the state law is on a specific issue
- Perform online research projects regarding state legislation, campaigns, and state rankings
- Provide assistance with online commentary, letter writing, and working with social media
Strong intern applicants meet the following requirements:
- Currently attend law school or have at minimum one year of law school
- Well-knowledgeable of and thoroughly experienced with Lexis or Westlaw research systems
- Strong internet research skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, and the ability to perform legal research
- An eagerness to learn about a variety of animal protection issue
- Ability to adapt to changing priorities
The minimum time commitment is 32 hours per week for 10-12 weeks; a part-time schedule will be considered on a case-by-case basis. This internship is unpaid; however, course credit can be arranged. Some travel to Maryland and Virginia state capitals may be necessary.
Intern must pass a criminal background check and sign a waiver and release of liability. The role is located in our Gaithersburg, Md., office.
To apply, fill out an application. Note: you will be asked to submit a cover letter and resumé with this application.