Internship in Legislative Outreach and Advocacy

Academic Credits


Hours per week

15 hour minimum



Start Date


End Date



District of Columbia
United States


Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research & Experiments (CAARE) is a 501 (c) 3 organization that promotes the use of modern technologies to replace animals in biomedical research and testing.

We have an exciting opportunity for interns who are interested in acquiring and utilizing real-world skills in communication and legislative outreach toward making a difference in the way science currently uses animals.

CAARE is seeking interns to assist our organization in effectively campaigning for policy change and legislation that will promote an end to the current paradigm of massive federally-funded, repetitive and unnecessary animal testing. 

Legislative Interns will be selected through a competitive application process from a pool of student applicants. (See requirements below).

Interns will learn practices to effectively interact with members of Congress to promote new legislation, enhance research, writing and communication skills, and promote real-world issues that can improve the lives of millions of animals while improving human health and safety.

Duties and responsibilities include:

·        Representing CAARE and our mission as it relates to legislation and policy change for animals in laboratories by scheduling and conducting in-person meeting with members of Congress and their relevant staff.

·        Conduct research and writing in preparation for presentations and meetings with Congress, under the direction of CAARE.

·        Attend hearings, briefings, and meetings on Capitol Hill as required, and prepare reports for Congressional staff.

·        Assist CAARE to draft proposed legislation on key issues that you will research and revise as necessary.

·        Assist CAARE in supporting existing animal-protection legislation as assigned by CAARE.

·        Assist with raising issues that impact the welfare and use of animals in laboratories and promote policies, regulations and legislation that offer enhanced protection for them, as assigned and directed by CAARE.

·        Assist with tracking legislation

·        Assist with other tasks such as updating and preparing Excel spreadsheets, proofreading, assembling folders for lobby visits, preparing mailings, etc.




·        Current enrollment in an undergraduate program of study that is compatible with the work duties, such as political science, public policy, law, or animal ethics. However students in any background are encouraged to apply and we welcome diversity and creativity.

·        Hard-working, diligent, with thorough attention to details. Willing to take initiative as appropriate.

·        Excellent diplomacy and communication skills, with the ability to tackle difficult subject matter tactfully.

·        Adhering to the confidentiality of the subject matter.

·        Maintain a high level of professionalism in attitude and appearance, on the telephone, via emails, and in person with staff, members of the public, congressional staff and agency officials

·        Fluency in English

·        Strong research, writing and critical thinking skills.

·        Adherence to supervision while being able to work independently with moderate supervision after training period.

All applicants must be passionate about animal protection, with a particular interest in seeing an end to their use in experiments.

Minimum commitment of 15 hours per week, up to 40 hours. Amount will depend on the requirement of the intern’s college or university.

Some evening and weekend hours may be needed to correspond to Congressional voting sessions.

This is an unpaid internship. Course credit can be arranged through your educational institution.

If interested, please send your cover letter, resume and three references (names and contact information) to applytocaare <at> gmail <dot> com.

How To Apply

Include cover letter, resume and detailed information (names and contact information) for three references.