Government Relations Internship Program (Fall 2022)

Please make sure to attach your resume to complete your application.


The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is our nation’s first humane organization and one of the largest nonprofit animal welfare organizations in the world. The ASPCA provides local and national leadership in caring for pets and pet parents, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals, and serving victims of animal cruelty.

The ASPCA’s Government Relations (GR) Department helps to enact meaningful legal protections for animals at the state and federal levels. GR team members:

  • Identify policy barriers and needs and craft legislative proposals, working with legislative leaders at the state and federal level

  • Lobby for bills that strengthen animal protection and prevent cruelty and against bills hostile to animal protection;

  • Work to ensure that strong regulations are issued by agencies to implement new policies;

  • Provide advocacy training and support for citizens who wish to engage in policy change;

  • Participate in ballot measure campaigns to advance protections when a legislative solution is unavailable.

The ASPCA seeks dedicated, highly motivated, and passionate GR interns to, under direct supervision, become familiar with the role that the department plays in legislative and policy work and to assist with key projects that advance our goals. At this time, interns will work from home.


Interns will be given opportunities to:

  • Help to mobilize ASPCA GR volunteers on key initiatives

  • Aid in tracking administrative regulations and laws pertaining to animals;

  • Draft outreach and media communications  supporting documents and conduct legislative and issue research to assist regulatory, federal and state efforts;

  • Attend virtual Capitol Hill events, such as hearings and briefings;

  • Attend and/or help organize coalition meetings and local events;

  • Respond to information requests from ASPCA constituents;

  • Attend internal strategy and staff meetings;

  • Assist with miscellaneous office tasks and projects as needed.

Because this internship is structured as a learning or work study program, students at the undergraduate or graduate school level may be able to receive credit for participation. GR professional lobbyists and attorneys will provide mentorship.

Internship Structure:      

The duration of each internship position is flexible and will be determined on a case-by- case basis. Generally, internship sessions are as follows:

  • Fall Semester: Between September 6th, 2022 and December 23rd, 2022
  • Spring Semester: Between January 2nd and May 30th
  • Summer: Between May 30th and August 30th
  • 10–16 weeks, 20–40 hours per week preferred
  • At the will and sole discretion of the ASPCA

*We are currently considering applications for only the fall 2022 internship program.


Students currently enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, veterinary, or law programs, who have an interest in pursuing a career in animal welfare, public policy, political science, law, or other relevant field. People not currently enrolled in an educational program may also be considered.


Internship pay is based on candidate location. This internship will pay at the rate of $16.10 per hour, or at the minimum wage of your city/state of residence, whichever is higher.


At this time, interns will work from home.

Additional Information:            

All Interns will be required to sign the ASPCA Work Study/Internship Agreement and review the ASPCA Handbook before the official start date of the session.

Application Materials:

When you apply, please make sure to upload:

  • a cover letter
  • your resume
  • a list of professional and academic references (at least one of each)
  • a writing sample (legal writing and/or concerning an animal welfare issue)

Application Deadline:

We review applications and reach out to candidates on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. The final day we will accept applications is Friday, July 17, 2022.


Ability to set priorities to meet deadlines effectively, Ability to work independently, as well as be a team player, An intense desire to improve the lives of animals, A strong sense of professionalism, Enthusiasm for advocacy, Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, High level of organization and attention to detail



English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

High School Diploma (Required)


COVID Statement:
The ASPCA strives to maintain a COVID-free workplace. To that end, being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment for all ASPCA employees, including new hires, except where prohibited by applicable state or local law. The ASPCA makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that prohibit a person from being vaccinated.

Our EEO Policy:

The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws.  A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCA’s standard application process, which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA.  Please inform the ASPCA’s People Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

Individuals seeking employment are considered without regards to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status,  or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).

Please don’t forget to attach your resume to complete your application.

About Us:
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans and must be protected under the law. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States.

The ASPCA is headquartered in New York City, where we maintain a full-service animal hospital, spay/neuter clinic, mobile spay/neuter and primary pet care clinics, a rehabilitation center for canine victims of cruelty, kitten nursery, adoption center, and two community veterinary centers.

The ASPCA also operates programs and services that extend nationwide. We assist animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources.

At the ASPCA, we are committed to fostering a collaborative and compassionate culture and we welcome all voices to contribute to our lifesaving mission. Our staff represent a vast array of backgrounds and diversity dimensions, bringing with them valuable experiences and perspectives. They join the ASPCA to learn, grow, and continually do their best work on behalf of animals. We are inspired by our staff, partners, and the communities we support across the country who work to improve animal lives. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the ASPCA because it elevates our organizational culture, aligns with our Core Values, and enables us to move further and faster toward the ASPCA’s vision – that all animals live good lives; valued by society, protected by its laws, and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.