As a member of the Government Affairs department, the Policy Adviser works with AWI’s program staff to set legislative priorities and to lobby to advance AWI’s interests. This position reports to the Director of Government Affairs.
- Vigorously advocate on behalf of AWI’s animal welfare priorities before Congress, administrative agencies, and state governments as appropriate
- Develop contacts and avenues of communication with staff and officials in the legislative and executive branches, and with outside organizations as needed to advance AWI’s priorities
- Represent AWI at meetings, hearings, briefings, and other events
- Prepare fact sheets, testimony, letters, actions alerts (“eAlerts”), and other materials for communicating with policymakers and activists
- Draft, revise, and update website content on select state and federal legislation and regulatory actions affecting animals
- Conduct in-depth research on key issues concerning AWI’s legislative agenda
- Track and report time spent lobbying to conform with federal and local lobbying laws
- Contribute towards strategies for achieving successful outcomes across the organization through legislation, agency regulations, and litigation
- 4-year college degree required
Skills and Experience
- At least two years’ advocacy and/or government experience; additional experience a plus
- Strong written and verbal communication and public speaking skills
- Strong research skills
- An understanding of and passion for animal protection issues
- Familiarity with federal and state policy-making processes
- Familiarity with federal and state laws/regulations that govern the treatment of animals
- Ability to work well independently and within a team
- Strong organizational skills: ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously
- Willingness to travel on occasion
- Willingness and ability to work long hours with little or no notice
Washington, D.C. Remote working will not be considered for this position.
Salary and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience and abilities. Benefits include employer-paid medical, prescription, and dental insurance, employee-paid vision insurance, 401(k) with employer match, paid leave, on-site parking, and IRS commuter benefit program.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample (two pages maximum) to firstname.lastname@example.org, “Attn: Policy Advisor.” The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please.
Marine Life Legal Intern
AWI’s marine life program is currently looking for a part-time remote legal intern to engage in and assist with various research projects this Fall 2019. Applicants must be willing to assist with a myriad of captive and wild marine life law and policy issues, including but not limited to researching case law and drafting legal analyses, public comments, and legal memos. The intern will have the opportunity to work with AWI’s legal, scientific and policy staff.
To better acquaint yourself with AWI’s work before applying, please visit https://awionline.org/content/marine-life. Interested applicants should send their cover letter and resume to Georgia Hancock at email@example.com. Once the Fall 2019 internship is filled, we may consider applicants for future internships (e.g. Winter/Spring 2020 and Summer 2020). Please indicate if you have a preference for one of these terms.
Preference will go to second and third year law students involved in relevant law reviews and law journals and those that have taken or are currently enrolled in any of the following courses: Environmental Law/Litigation/Clinic, Administrative Law, Ocean and Coastal Law, Animal Law, International Environmental Law, Wildlife Law and/or related coursework. Please indicate whether you are a 2L or 3L when you apply.
AWI seeks a Communications intern every fall, spring, and summer. This is a great opportunity for undergraduate or graduate students majoring in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or Public Relations looking to gain communications experience in a non-profit setting. Interns focus on content creation, media monitoring, media database management, and social media strategy development, and report to both Social Media & Communications Coordinator Sydney Hearst and Public Relations Manager Margie Fishman.
The ideal candidate is a strong writer and communicator who is organized and has the ability to multitask. Although not required, search engine optimization skills and/or an interest in digital communications across multiple platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), as well as iPhone video skills, are preferable.
Interns may work full-time or part-time and can arrange to receive course credit. The internship is located in our Capitol Hill office and is unpaid. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Sydney Hearst at firstname.lastname@example.org. When applying, please specify the term you are seeking to intern for (i.e., Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring).
AWI seeks two legislative interns every fall, spring, and summer. This is a great opportunity for law students, political science students, or anyone with a passion for making a difference in the lives of animals. Interns will assist our government and legal affairs staff in maintaining updated Hill contact lists, delivering documents to and attend meetings with Congressional offices and assisting staff in research; as well as miscellaneous tasks of an administrative nature. No specific academic major is required; however, preferred candidates will have a strong work ethic and be willing to take on any project. Interns may work full-time or part-time and can arrange to receive course credit. Please submit a resume and cover letter, stating why you wish to become an advocate for animals to Nancy Blaney email@example.com. These positions are located in our Capitol Hill office and are unpaid.
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) works to reduce animal suffering and promote the welfare of all animals, including animals in agriculture. As a part of our mission, we promote humane farming systems and work to advance legislative and regulatory efforts to improve the conditions of farm animals.
Farm animal interns have the opportunity to learn more about advocacy efforts to protect farm animals. Potential responsibilities include research and writing, tracking legislation and regulations, and drafting public policy comments. Projects will cover a range of factory farming issues; the intern will support AWI in its efforts to eliminate harmful on-farm practices, improve conditions during long-distance transport, encourage humane handling at slaughter, and educate the public regarding the meaning of welfare-related claims on food products. The ideal candidate will have a genuine interest in animal welfare and a background in law, public policy, or animal science.
The internship is located in our Capitol Hill office and is unpaid. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample to Erin Sutherland at firstname.lastname@example.org. AWI is currently seeking interns for Fall 2019 and Spring or Summer 2020.
AWI offers on-site and remote internships every fall, spring, and summer to qualified students who are enthusiastic about our work to protect wildlife.
Applicants must be willing to assist with a myriad of wildlife and marine mammal law and policy issues, including but not limited to drafting legal analyses, public comments, Endangered Species Act listing petitions and legal memos. Projects are diverse; most are ideal for a law school student but students pursuing Masters programs in scientific and/or public policy fields are also encouraged to apply.
To better acquaint yourself with AWI’s work before applying, please visit our wildlife program section. Interested applicants should send their cover letter, resume, and a writing sample that has not been edited by anyone other than yourself to Johanna Hamburger at email@example.com. Please specify the term you are seeking to intern for (i.e. Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring) and whether you are interested in an on-site or remote internship when you apply. Applications are currently being accepted for Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020.
Law students: preference will go to students that have taken or are currently enrolled in any of the following courses: Environmental Law/Litigation/Clinic, Administrative Law, Animal Law, International Environmental Law, Wildlife Law, Public Lands & Resources Law, and/or related coursework. Please indicate whether you are a 1, 2, or 3L when you apply.
Interns, part-time or full-time, needed to assist with developing and maintaining Animals and Family Violence Program databases, such as the Safe Havens for Pets of Domestic Violence Victims national database. Animals and family violence interns may also conduct computer research related to training efforts and legislative and policy initiatives, e.g., on pet protection orders, cross-reporting between animal and human services agencies, and related matters.
Internships are not paid; interns do not have to work from the AWI office; hours are negotiable, as is length of service. For further information, please contact Mary Lou Randour at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part-time or full-time intern(s) needed to assist with updating our popular on-line database of restaurants across the US that sell shark fin soup and other shark products (http://awionline.org/content/restaurants-currently-offering-shark-fin-soup). We are seeking an intern to ensure the list is accurate and up to date. The work will entail online research and telephone calls to restaurants, data entry, and possibly some website maintenance work. Training will be given for all aspects of the work. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational skills and be detail-oriented. Fluency in English is essential. An ability to speak Mandarin and/or Cantonese is preferred. Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs such as Outlook and Excel is required. Please contact email@example.com for more information, and to apply with resume and cover letter.
Last Updated: September 2019