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Updated 10/28/2018 by Debbie Schockett

Federal Affairs 
Location Name
DC Office
Opportunity Name
Regulatory 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 Regulatory Affairs section of the Federal Affairs department, which works to support the regulatory goals of the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) to ensure that all animals receive the legislative and regulatory protections they deserve, is seeking an intern (click to view expanded position description). The intern will learn about animal protection regulations while assisting with research and data compilation on federal legislation and regulatory issues. The role provides the opportunity to strengthen communication, networking, animal advocacy and diplomacy skills. The intern will learn how research assists policy work for animal protection issues.


Responsibilities and projects include:

  • Research and draft briefing documents which highlight the important aspects of HSLF issues
  • Assist with legal and non-legal research as well as writing projects on federal regulations
  • Complete some administrative tasks
  • Attend congressional or agency meetings and hearings


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

  • Strong interest in animal protection issues
  • Must be a second or third year law student with superior legal research and writing skills
  • Strong communication skills and fluency in English
  • Thoroughly experienced with online legal research tools such as Lexis and Westlaw research systems and proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Preferably have a background in administrative law, environmental law, or animal law


Time commitment:

  • Fall, winter and spring sessions: Minimum 10 hours per week for at least 10 weeks.
  • Summer session: Priority consideration is given to those who can commit to 40 hours per week for at least 10 weeks.


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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Start Date