Position: IFAW Federal Policy InternLocation: Washington, D.C.Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through October 18, 2019.Term: Three months minimum with a possibility of extension. Spring internships will begin in January.Eligibility: Undergraduate (3+ years completed); recent college graduate (BS or BA); advanced degree candidates/recipientsCompensation: Internships are unpaid, but interns may receive either academic credit or a stipend to cover limited expenses related to the position, as well as public transportation costs. About us: IFAW was founded in 1969 and its driving mission is to save individual animals, animal populations and habitats all over the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW provides hands-on assistance to animals in need, whether dogs and cats, wildlife and livestock, or animals affected by natural disasters.Internship overview: The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is seeking a federal policy intern with an exceptional academic record and commitment to wildlife conservation. This intern will support campaigns related to captive exotic animals, endangered species protection, wildlife coexistence, federal conservation funding, wildlife trade, animals in entertainment, and/or other policy-focused efforts to safeguard animals.The successful candidate may be responsible for assignments including but not limited to: performing a variety of research tasks; monitoring news and events relevant to IFAW’s federal policy campaigns; drafting letters, fact sheets, reports, op-eds, sign-on letters, statements, member correspondence, social media content and other informational materials; engaging in grassroots outreach; reviewing policy proposals; contacting and working with congressional staff and regulatory agencies; representing IFAW at coalition meetings, conference calls, hearings and other events; and otherwise supporting IFAW’s campaigns and mission. Schedule: Start and end dates for the internship are somewhat flexible. The federal policy internship for spring 2020 will begin in January, and the intern must commit to a term of at least ten weeks part-time (16+ hours per week). Qualifications: Ideal candidates have an interest in wildlife policy and animal protection (though prior experience is not necessary), and a willingness to learn about how they can make a difference for animals through education, outreach and policy. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in conservation, government relations, and working at the interface of public policy and science.Candidates must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the federal policy internship:· A great attitude and strong commitment to protecting wildlife and advancing animal welfare policy (this is most important!);· Strong research and analytical skills related to policy language and impacts; peer-reviewed scientific publications; media; and related materials/information;· Excellent verbal and written communication skills;· Ability to work independently as well as in a team;· Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and shifting priorities;· Completion of at least three years of undergraduate education; · Familiarity and experience with Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint; and· Availability to work in IFAW’s Washington, D.C. office part-time (16+ hours per week) during the internship term.In addition to the requirements listed above, ideal candidates will have the following qualifications (preferred but not mandatory):· Background (educational and/or professional) in natural sciences, public policy or a related field;· Knowledge of and experience with legislative processes and congressional outreach; and· Ability to work with diverse stakeholders and partners.