Internships

Policy and Campaign Internship

My Dog is My Home (MDIMH) is looking for part-time intern to help support the MDIMH Policy and Campaign manager on policy initiatives and campaign research. We use a multi-pronged approach to meet our mission to increase shelter and housing access for people experiencing homelessness with companion animals, which will give interns experience in  the federal, state, and local policy field related to homelessness and pets in housing. Interns are expected to assist with policy research, campaign and coalition building, and grassroots organizing.

Interns will work closely with MDIMH’s leadership and the Policy and Campaign Manager to support MDIMH’s policy efforts at the federal, state, and local level and support MDIMH’s overall mission to increase access to shelter and housing for people experiencing homelessness with companion animals. As the policy arm of MDIMH is relatively new, interns will have an exciting opportunity to help  develop a dynamic and impactful policy presence for MDIMH.  

The internship is one academic semester, with opportunity to extend the internship for a second semester. Interns are expected to contribute 14-21 hours per week.

 Location: New York City or remote

Compensation: Unpaid

Responsibilities:

  • Support MDIMH staff in creating a Congressional Scorecard of State senators and representatives that support/oppose animal welfare, housing and homeless services and other topics related to MDIMH’s mission. Includes:
    • Background research
    • Succinct organization
    • Graphic creation
  • Create a national policy and law guide. Includes:
    • Researching federal, state, and local policy related to MDIMH’s mission
    • Analyzing and organizing data
    • Presenting in written format to MDIMH’s Policy and Campaign Manager
  • Conduct background research on pending legislation identified by MDIMH staff. Includes:
    • Researching State Senators and Representatives
    • Researching and reading pending legislation
    • Understanding committees and conducting background research
    • Presenting MDIMH staff with research
  • Identify pertinent bills relating to MDIMH’s mission from congress.gov and federalregister.gov
  • Assist MDIMH staff in writing press releases for MDIMH’s position on pending legislation/rules. Includes:
    • Coordinating with MDIMH’s Media Manager to promote MDIMH policy positions
    • Sending letters to the Editor and press releases to local and national media
    • Collaborate with the Executive Director and the Policy and Campaign Manager on strategic planning for MDIMH’s policy program.

Requirements

  • Interest in policy and campaign development

  • Interest in animals and social work preferred

  • Able to work independently

  • Experience or interest in social services, community organizing and/or animal welfare preferred

  • Experience or interest in research

  • Strong and persuasive writing skills

  • Familiarity with the political process and/or interest in learning preferred.

  • Familiarity with reading legislation and rules and the websites congress.gov and federalregister.gov a plus

How to Apply: Please send your resume to Christine Kim (christine@mydogismyhome.org), Founder and Executive Director, and Emma Newton (emma.k.newton@gmail.com), Policy and Campaign Manager with your cover letter in the body of the email. Position starts as soon as possible so please indicate anticipated start date in email. Applications are accepted until filled.  


Community Organizing and Program Development Internship Description

My Dog is My Home (MDIMH) is looking for part-time, remote interns to work on community organizing and program development initiatives in cities across the United States. We use a multi-pronged approach to meet our mission to increase shelter and housing access for people experiencing homelessness with companion animals, which will give interns experience in comprehensive community assessment, education and training, building sustainable partnerships, and identifying and promoting effective practices.

Interns will work closely with MDIMH’s leadership and our local partners to support capacity building efforts in Philadelphia, PA; Bloomington, IN; Toledo, OH; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY and other cities as needed. Partnering organizations interns may engage with will be from both animal welfare and homeless service fields.

The internship is one academic semester, with opportunity to extend the internship for a second semester. Interns are expected to contribute 14-21 hours per week.

Location: Remote

Compensation: Unpaid

Responsibilities:

  • Support MDIMH staff with conducting an assessment. Entails:

    • Background research

    • Data collection

    • Data analysis

    • Manuscript writing

  • Assist with event organizing logistics for service fair. Includes:

    • Engagement of potential organizational partners

    • Outreach and event promotion to potential service fair clients

    • Creating service fair print materials

    • Securing donations

  • Communicate with partners and the community about outcomes of the needs assessment through social media, press, presentations, and other events.

  • Participate in capacity-building activities with local organizations. Includes developing a plan for:

    • Outcome measurement

    • Data collection

    • Sustainability

Requirements

  • Interest in community organizing or program development

  • Interest in animals and social work preferred

  • Able to work independently in a remote location

  • Experience or interest in social services and/or animal welfare preferred

  • Experience or interest in research

 

How to Apply: Please send your resume to Christine Kim (christine@mydogismyhome.org), Founder and Executive Director, with your cover letter in the body of the email. Please indicate which semester (fall, spring, or summer) you are able to begin your internship.