Calling All Students: Intern with Our Government Relations Team!

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 12:00pm

ASPCA Government Relations intern Young Kang.

Guest blog by Jessica Johnson, Grassroots Advocacy Manager for the ASPCA’s Government Relations team.

One of the highlights of my work at the ASPCA is supervising our incredible Government Relations interns. I am so grateful for the many mentors and hands-on experiences I was lucky to have over the years, and I love being able to pay that forward to future animal welfare professionals.

If you are a student with an interest in pursuing a career working in animal welfare, policy, law, or other similar field, we have a great opportunity you should know about. Apply for an ASPCA Government Relations internship in our Washington, D.C. office where you can work side-by- side with our Government Relations staff! There is no better window to our world than interning with us, and you can make a real difference while learning about public policy as it affects animals.

Our interns were incredibly instrumental in our work last summer. They reached out to members of our ASPCA Advocacy Brigade to mobilize them on key initiatives, responded to constituent requests for information, and helped me organize citizen lobby days. They tracked the thousands of state and federal laws and administrative regulations pertaining to animals, and they drafted letters, memorandums, and fact sheets to support our lobbying efforts. Throughout the summer, they served as our eyes and ears at many hearings and briefings on the Hill, and accompanied us at meetings with legislators. They sat in on our internal staff and strategy meetings, getting a real insider’s view of our work.

We appreciate interns’ contributions more than words can say, but I also want to share what some of our former interns have said:

“I feel extremely fortunate for the learning experience that the ASPCA internship provided because I think that few interns are exposed to such a wide variety of work. This internship has taught me what nonprofit government relations work really is, and it has confirmed my desire to work in this field after graduation.”
- Rachel Easter, first-year law student at Stanford Law School

“Working with the ASPCA Government Relations team has made for an awesome internship. I enjoyed working alongside the fun and supportive staff, and I feel that I was able to work on a diverse group of topics and have become much more familiar with animal welfare issues than I was before.”
- Joshua Loveall, second-year law student at Georgetown Law School

“My summer internship at the ASPCA was the perfect transition between school and working, and provided me with so many valuable experiences and skills with which to start my job search. I learned a ton about policy in a short amount of time, and everyone was welcoming, gracious and so much fun. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the government relations team!”
- Melissa Rothstein, graduate student, Master of Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University

If you’re ready to make your mark on Capitol Hill and work on animal issues across the nation, I strongly encourage you to apply for a Government Relations internship! Learn more about the position and how to apply [PDF]. And feel free to email me with any questions at [email protected].

I hope you’ll join us in our work to change laws and save lives!

Check out our Advocacy Center for more information about laws affecting animals in your state and in Congress.