September 29, 2016
The McGrath Farm Animal Public Policy Internship—Campaigns
*Currently accepting Spring 2017 applications.*
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 offer The McGrath Public Policy Internship (click to view expanded position description), a paid internship, to applicants with a strong passion for protecting farm animals. 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 and investigates cases of animal cruelty.
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, and veal and gestation crates. The intern will learn about effective approaches to further progress for farm animals through public policy and legislation. 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, educational presentations, and other Farm Animal Protection Campaign meetings as scheduled.
Here’s what past interns had to say about their experiences.
Heather B.: "I could not be happier with my Farm Animal Protection internship experience, and am proud to have worked with such an amazing organization that is a reputable leader in the farm animal welfare movement."
Katie S.: "Working with and learning from the Public Policy team helped build my confidence and gave me the tools to be an effective animal advocate. The firsthand experience I gained working on legislative campaigns during my internship laid the groundwork for a successful career in animal advocacy!"
Lucy W.: "Working with such a dedicated, strategic, and passionate assemblage of animal champions was incredibly humbling... At The HSUS, I was provided a steady environment focused on fostering personal and professional growth."
Lauren P.: "Surrounded by animal welfare superstars was inspiring, and the office culture is so encouraging that I daily left the office feeling empowered. Though I've volunteered on political campaigns, this internship gave me an inside look at what goes into strategizing, planning, and carrying out campaigns."
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, sustainable farming practices, animal welfare, factory farming, humane eating, animal agricultural industry, and animal protection legislation. The internship will delve heavily into writing, critical thinking, research, and problem-solving. The intern will strengthen critical thinking, public speaking, and leadership skills through practice media interviews, attending committee hearings, and presenting.
- Prepare documents, such as fact sheets, for legislative committees and stakeholders
- Perform research for legislation and public policy priorities; gather, analyze, and organize findings
- Track and report on pending farm animal welfare legislation using the state legislature websites to monitor the progress of bills
- Make phone calls to HSUS members in support of legislation and new public policies
- Read relevant articles and scientific white papers to gain knowledge of effective advocacy and the issues affecting farm animals
- Assist in drafting letters to the editor and opinion-editorial pieces
- Provide weekly progress reports to supervisor on assigned projects
- Conduct research, provide outreach, and build support for state legislation
Strong intern applicants have a passion for making a difference in the lives of farm animals and meet the following requirements:
- Minimum sophomore-year college undergraduate in related field required
- Strong communication and reading skills, as well as excellent research skills
- Must have the emotional capacity to cope with learning about animal abuse
- Must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain professionalism in attitude and appearance on the telephone and in person with staff, legislative offices we work with, and members of the public
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, and Excel), strong familiarity with the Internet and online research tools, and general knowledge of social media including Facebook and Twitter
- Basic knowledge of farm animal protection issues; suggested reading for necessary background information: www.FarmAnimalWelfare.org
- Able to work well independently and use good judgment
The internship time commitment is 35-39 hours per week for approximately 12 weeks; a reduced schedule would be considered. This internship pays minimum wage.
International interns are solely responsible for obtaining any required visas.
Interns must pass a criminal background check and sign a waiver and release of liability. The internship is located in our Gaithersburg, Md., office.
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Note: You'll be asked to submit a cover letter, writing sample, résumé, two references that are either from a professional, volunteer or educational experience (not personal) and one letter of recommendation with the application.