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August 1, 2014

The McGrath Farm Animal Public Policy Internship—Campaigns

The McGrath Family Foundation is a strong supporter of advancing public policies to protect farm animals, among other important animal welfare campaigns. To honor their commitment, The HSUS is proud to announce that The McGrath Farm Animal Protection Internship (click to view expanded position description), a paid internship for fall 2014, is available to applicants with a strong passion for protecting farm animals and a tireless work ethic. The Campaigns department helps inform the public about animal protection issues, advocates for strong legislation and public policies to protect them, partners with corporations on behalf of animal-friendlier policies, investigates cases of animal cruelty, and provides animal rescue and emergency response.

The McGrath Public Policy Intern will gain experience being part of the Farm Animal Protection Campaign, and develop in-depth knowledge through the study of farm animal-related issues, such as battery cages, tail docking, veal crates and gestation crates. The intern will develop effective approaches to further advance and create tangible outcomes for farm animals through public policy work. The intern will also have the opportunity to set project and learning goals and track the projects’ successes, as well as attend monthly Campaigns department meetings, morning briefings, educational presentations, grassroots meetings, and other Farm Animal Protection Campaign meetings as scheduled.

The intern will receive an educational job training experience in the field of animal protection through a structured mentor/mentee relationship which will focus on providing on-going training, guidance, support, and feedback to help the intern learn about the profession. The intern will be able to address real-world issues relating to farm animal protection as he or she gains an advanced understanding of farm animal advocacy and learns how it intersects with the issues of public policy, higher animal welfare farming practices, factory farming, more humane eating, and the broader animal agricultural industry. The internship will delve heavily into writing, critical thinking, research, and problem-solving. The intern will strengthen his or her public speaking, leadership, and strategy skills through practice interviews, mock committee hearings, lobbying, and testifying exercises.

Responsibilities and projects may include:

  • Provide assistance on confinement bills in targeted states by researching state legislatures, legislative committees, and legislators
  • Assist in the drafting of letters to the editor and opinion-editorial pieces on farm animal issues
  • Assist efforts to pass local, city, and county ordinances or resolutions on farm animal welfare: lobby local and state legislators, attend legislative hearings, testify at hearings, organize and give presentations at HSUS grassroots events (lobby 101 classes), and lead petition drives
  • Prepare documents, such as fact sheets, for legislative committees and stakeholders
  • Help the public policy staff create and implement lobbying and strategic plans for pending legislation
  • 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
  • Read educational resources that will enhance the intern’s knowledge of the professional field related to the internship, such as law review articles, farm animal welfare-related articles, and scientific white papers
  • Participate in defensive policy campaigns (e.g., ag-gag bills)
  • Help draft external documents, including press releases and action alerts
  • Make phone calls to HSUS members in support of legislation and new public policies
  • Conduct research, provide outreach, and build support for state legislation
  • Complete Humane Society Academy Campaigns course

Strong intern applicants have a passion for making a difference in the lives of farm animals and meet the following requirements:

  • Intern must currently be enrolled in a law/graduate school or hold a Juris Doctor/Master’s degree
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, as well as exceptional research skills
  • Must possess strong reading and critical thinking skills
  • Strong attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy
  • Proficient in online research tools and Microsoft Office suite
  • Able to maintain enthusiasm and strategic thinking to help shape the campaign
  • Able to work well independently and use good judgment
  • Knowledgeable of farm animal protection issues (suggested supplemental reading: Introduction to Farm Animal Protection Campaign PDF and www.humanesociety.org/farmanimalresearch)
  • Knowledge and experience with outreach preferred

The internship time commitment is approximately 40 hours per week for 16 weeks in Fall 2014; a reduced schedule would be considered. This internship is paid minimum wage.

Interns must pass a writing test and criminal background check and sign a waiver and release of liability. The internship is located in our Gaithersburg, Md., office.

Fill out an application now »
Note: You'll be asked to submit a cover letter, writing sample, and resumé with the application.

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