Monday, October 12, 2015

The McGrath Farm Animal Public Policy Internship with the Humane Society of the United States


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, 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.

Responsibilities include:
  • 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, scientific white papers, law review articles, and Peter Singer’s Ethics into Action 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; law/graduate students, or those with a Master’s degree or Juris Doctor degree are preferred
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and reading skills, as well as excellent research skills
  • 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:
  • 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 $10.00 per hour. 

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