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Updated 10/28/2018 by Debbie Schockett

Federal Affairs 
Location Name
DC Office
Opportunity Name
Legislative Intern-Federal Affairs
Contact Person
Jessica Simpson
Contact Email
Minimum age to work independently
Position Description

Please submit a cover letter (note your preferred start and end dates in your letter) and résumé with your application. Currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. Thank you.

The Federal Affairs Department, which handles all federal legislation and regulatory issues for the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF), is seeking interns (click to view expanded position description). Interns have the opportunity to hone research and writing skills, strengthen communication and networking skills, use skills to address real-world issues involving regulatory and legislative issues.

This is a great option for law students, political science students, or anyone with a passion for making a difference in the lives of animals.


Responsibilities and projects include:

  • Conduct non-legal research and writing
  • Attend hearings, briefings, and meetings on Capitol Hill as required, and prepare reports for staff
  • Assist staff in mobilizing membership on key legislative initiatives
  • Assist staff in tracking legislation
  • Assist with select administrative tasks such as updating and preparing Excel spreadsheets, proofreading, assembling folders for lobby visits, preparing mailings, etc.


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

  • Interns must currently be enrolled in college or graduate school or have at minimum a bachelor's degree
  • Must have a strong work ethic and be eager to learn
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong research and critical thinking skills


The preferred time commitment is 40 hours per week for 12 weeks (full-time). Part-time schedules are considered, but priority consideration is given to those who can commit to a full-time schedule. Some long days and/or weekend work may be necessary.


This internship is unpaid; however, course credit can be arranged. Interns must pass a criminal background check and sign a waiver and release of liability. The position is located in our Washington, D.C., offices.

Required Trainings
 "HSUS 301"
Location Name
DC Office
Street Address
1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450
District of Columbia
ZIP/Postal Code
Location Classification
DC Offices
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