The Legislative Affairs Program is currently accepting applications for our summer 2021 clerkship. Clerks will gain experience with and knowledge of animal protection issues, campaigns, and advocacy, while improving skills in research, writing, coalition-building, and lobbying. They will be responsible for assisting the Legislative Affairs Program in developing and implementing strategies to further legislative goals at the federal, state, and local level.
Summer clerkships are open to rising third-year students attending US law schools. We strongly encourage persons from diverse backgrounds to apply.
Location: Remote; Proximity to Boston, Denver, or DC preferred
Employment status: Non-exempt
Reports to: Stephanie Harris, Senior Legislative Affairs Manager
Research policy issues, develop issue briefs, analyze state legislation or regulation, and assist with administrative work
Prepare correspondence and conduct outreach to supporters, coalition partners, and public officials, including elected and appointed officials
Virtually attend, as needed, public hearings, stakeholder meetings, lobby day(s), lobby 101(s), conferences, and other events
Collaborate, as needed, with Communications and other departments to propose, draft, proof read and/or edit content on priority campaigns for the Animal Legal Defense Fund website, blogs, e-Updates, e-alerts, newsletters, social channels, etc.
Coordinate, as needed, with other programs, including with Criminal Justice Program and Litigation Program staff on cases related to legislative campaigns
Prepare and deliver, as needed, presentations for virtual lobby 101(s) or other advocacy trainings for supporters, professional conferences, fundraising events, etc.
Must be 2Ls (rising 3Ls) attending US law schools
Must have a sincere interest in animal protection
Must have excellent organizational, prioritization, and time management skills
Must be a self-starter and have the ability to work effectively independently and remotely
Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to tactfully manage challenging questions or opposing viewpoints from the public or public officials
Must have experience with Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; experience with SharePoint and Teams preferred
Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively with members, supporters, co-workers, coalition partners, and public officials
Must have a positive attitude and be able to work cooperatively with others and function well in a team-oriented work environment
Must have ability to use discretion, keeping in mind the confidential and emotional aspects of our work
Must have access to a computer with internet and Microsoft Suite
Compensation: The hourly wage is $18/hour, on a full-time (35 hours per week) schedule. Alternatively, clerks may choose to receive school credit instead of monetary compensation.
EOE Disclaimer: The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is committed to providing an employment environment which is welcoming of persons from diverse backgrounds and free from unlawful discrimination and harassment, and in which all legal rights of our employees are recognized and protected. ALDF conducts all internal and external operations, programs, and employment-related decision making (including hiring decisions) without regard to actual or perceived race, ancestry, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, immigration status, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, political affiliation, disability or medical condition (including physical, intellectual, or psychiatric), sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic information, age, or other protected category, and in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws.
Consistent with the organization’s mission, our offices and events are free of animal products and byproducts.
Application process: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Applicants should email an application form, cover letter, résumé, 2-3 professional references, original writing sample, and transcript (unofficial is okay) to Stephanie Harris, Senior Legislative Affairs Manager, at email@example.com. All application materials must be compiled into one PDF. Only complete applications will be considered.
Contact: Stephanie Harris, Senior Legislative Affairs Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org