Inching Toward Liberation: Lobbying for Animals Under a Hostile Administration
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy Externship Experience (MAPP)
Inching Toward Liberation: Lobbying for Animals Under a Hostile Administration (Click link for Externship Presentation)
This summer, I was a Legislative Intern in the Government Affairs department at the Animal Welfare Institute. Just like I wanted, I got a taste of many aspects of lobbying: I tracked federal and state legislation; attended council meetings, briefings, hearings, and markups; analyzed and reported on government documents, events, and news stories; called, emailed, and met in person with Congressional staff; and conducted research to help my coworkers prepare for meetings, take positions, and file lawsuits. My coursework in the MAPP program prepared me to excel in this position by introducing me to both the mechanics of legislative and regulatory change and the historical and legal context of current animal policy issues. The externship allowed me to build on that base by learning more about the technical details of day-to-day happenings on the Hill and the relationships among different organizations and legislators working on animal issues.