Description: Legislative interns will assist in monitoring and researching legislation related to current animal welfare issues. During this internship, interns will have the opportunity to hone research and writing skills, strengthen communication and networking skills, and use their skills to address real-world issues involving regulatory and legislative issues as they relate to the field of animal welfare.
Reports to: Best Friends Legislative Attorney
Timeframe: Through end of May
Openings: 2 (priority will be given to qualified applicants who are residents of Texas and Illinois)
Become knowledgeable about the state legislative process.
Gain a comprehensive understanding of animal law and its impacts on animals, people, and communities.
Learn how successful grassroots strategies are implemented and methods for mobilizing membership.
Improve research, writing, communication, and networking skills.
Monitor, track, and analyze legislation.
Conduct legal research and writing.
Attend hearings, briefings, and meetings.
Prepare reports for staff.
Assist staff in mobilizing membership on key legislative initiatives.
Assist with administrative tasks such as updating and preparing Excel spreadsheets, proofreading, assembling folders for lobby visits, preparing mailings, etc.
Must be 18 years or older.
Currently enrolled and in good standing in an accredited law program.
Genuine interest in animals and the field of animal welfare.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Strong work ethic and attention to detail.
Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Works well under pressure.
Comfortable meeting new people.
To apply, please email current resume and cover letter to email@example.com. If seeking academic credit, please also provide course objectives and requirements.
Every day, nearly 2,000 dogs and cats are killed in America's shelters. But every day, there's something all of us can do to help save those animals. Together, we can Save Them All.
About Best Friends Animal Society:
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement since its founding in 1984, Best Friends runs the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as life-saving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from 17 million per year to less than 1 million. Best Friends has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing and Save Them All(tm).