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2024 University Recruiting -Animal Health Public Policy and Government Relations Intern

Job Description


The intern will provide added value to our Company's Animal Health Public Policy team, learning to advocate for policy initiatives that support our business and our customers’ businesses. 


The intern will interact and build networks with various stakeholders in Washington, DC including producer groups, trade associations, multi-stakeholder coalitions, and government agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to gain first-hand policy experience. An interest in public policy is critical, but prior experience is not required. Issue areas covered by the public policy team include but are not limited to animal health and welfare, One Health and zoonoses, sustainability, animal traceability, biotechnology, precision livestock agriculture, animal monitoring, telehealth, and international trade.


The job scope and primary focus for this position is to actively support the public policy team on a diverse array of projects and priorities that add value to the business including:

Attend and report out summaries of relevant hearings and bill markups in Congress

Policy (legislation and regulation) review and analysis

Develop and execute plans for engaging with coalitions and trade associations on priority issues

Participate in meetings and events including trade association and coalition meetings, meetings with congressional staff, briefings and events, etc.

Ensure clear, concise and timely communication with the policy team and the business on priority issues

Other responsibilities as assigned


Position Qualifications:


Education Minimum Requirement:

Currently enrolled in any bachelor’s or graduate degree program

Completed at least 2 years of college course work by May 2024


Required Experience and Skills: 

Available for a period of 3 months beginning approximately May 20 to August 23, 2024 (exact dates flexible)

Excellent interpersonal/communication, writing, and presentation skills 

General computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Ability to be organized, adapt to a changing environment, work independently and as part of a team

Demonstrates high ethical standards


Preferred Experience and Skills:

Interest in public policy

Interest in animal health

GPA of 3.0 or higher


Under New York City, Colorado State, Washington State, and California State law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate’s relevant skills, experience, and education.


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Employee Status:

Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)



No relocation


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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required


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