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Intern, Legislative Advocacy

Remote Temporary Part-time

Posted March 23, 2023

Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile
Kanab, UT
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$15.00 per hour

About This Job

Location: Remote

Compensation: $15.00 per hour

Time Commitment: 10-29 hours per week (flexible depending on candidate availability and needs) for 5-6 months (May 8th – November 3rd, 2023)

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: Best Friends Animal Society is a national non-profit focused on ending the killing of cats and dogs in America's shelters by 2025. Best Friends is leading the no-kill movement by running lifesaving community programs for dogs and cats, providing support and training for animal shelters and rescue groups, and mobilizing community members on behalf of pets in need across the country. The communities we partner with are diverse and multicultural – and we want that to be reflected within our organization. We welcome our employees’ unique wisdom, special skills, passion, and whole self to the workplace. We believe that our differences are pivotal to uniting the movement and achieving our mission.

Our hiring practices are based on kindness and treating all living things, people, animals and the planet, as we would like to be treated. We encourage candidates who can enhance and thrive within our culture, as well as use their unique strengths and experiences to help us Save Them All.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Best Friends legislative work occurs in diverse communities; we value diversity of all kinds on our staff, including our interns. Legislative interns will assist in monitoring and researching legislation related to current animal welfare issues. Legislative interns will have the opportunity to practice and improve their research and writing skills, strengthen their communication skills, meet and network with other professionals in the animal welfare field, and address regulatory and legislative issues as they relate to reducing the number of dogs and cats killed in America’s animal shelters. Legislative interns will attend internal and external meetings where legal and political strategy is discussed, solutions are crafted, and campaigns to end the killing of healthy and treatable pets are developed and launched. 

Legislative Advocacy Interns report to Kelsey Gilmore-Futeral, Esq. and will receive weekly supervision and regular feedback. The minimum time commitment for the Legislative Internship is ten hours and the maximum is 29 hours; interns will have the ability to flex time and assignments based on other life commitments, such as exams or travel. Compensation is $15.00 an hour for approximately 6 months. This is a remote internship. Students seeking college credit are welcome to apply.


  • Monitor, track, and analyze legislation;
  • Conduct legal research and writing;
  • Attend hearings, briefings, and meetings;
  • Prepare reports for staff;
  • Assist staff in mobilizing membership on key legislative initiatives; and
  • Assist with administrative tasks such as updating and preparing Excel spreadsheets, proofreading, assembling folders for lobby visits, preparing mailings, etc.
  • Treat people around you with Kindness and Compassion, build trust by demonstrating authenticity and following through on your commitments, prioritize your well-being, and work to build strong inclusive relationships with your colleagues by participating in communication loops to share and receive honest feedback.


  • Become knowledgeable about the local and state legislative processes.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of legal issues resulting in the killing of dogs and cats in shelters and the impact those laws have on animals, people, and communities.
  • Learn how successful grassroots advocacy strategies are implemented and methods for mobilizing membership.
  • Improve research, writing, communication, and networking skills.
  • Build and strengthen professional relationships with influential members of the animal welfare movement both inside and outside Best Friends. 


  • Must be a student and matriculated in an ABA-accredited law school seeking a juris doctorate degree or LLM degree or in a master's level program with an emphasis on public policy or public affairs
  • Preference will be given to students who have completed one calendar year of graduate-level schooling
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent writing abilities (clear, professional, error-free writing)
  • Analytical and research skills, especially in summarizing and presenting complex information more simply
  • Professional work ethic and independent time management skills in a home-office environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Interest in learning about public policy and the legislative process
  • Prior political experience or political science background is not necessary
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About this Employer

Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile

30 North 300 West
Kanab, UT 84741

Telephone (435) 644-2001
Reservations (435) 644-3400

40 Room Hotel

About Best Friends Animal Society

The Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile is an extension of the longstanding hospitality experienced at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. In addition to running lifesaving programs in partnership with thousands of animal welfare groups across the country, Best Friends has operations in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Salt Lake City and Northwest Arkansas and runs the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary.

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to about 347,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs all across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 3,300 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. 

While you are in Kanab, we welcome you to learn more about our lifesaving work, schedule a tour of the Sanctuary, and consider becoming a member of Best Friends Animal Society

Who We Are 

For over 30 years, Best Friends Animal Society has been running the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and building effective programs that reduce the number of animals entering shelters.

The Best Friends Roadhouse Story

Your southern Utah vacation experience just got better: Welcome to the Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, the latest (and greatest) lodging option among Kanab’s fast-growing hotel and motel offerings.

Located in the heart of Kanab, Utah, just five miles south of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the Best Friends Roadhouse & Mercantile welcomes pets and their people. For visitors to the Sanctuary and nearby national parks, it provides a pet-friendly place to stay.

The Roadhouse features 40 rooms as well as a variety of dog- and cat-friendly amenities and services, such as built-in cubbies for snuggling, dog washing stations, pet walking and a fenced dog park area with a splash zone. It’s an animal lover’s dream come true! We can’t wait to welcome you to the Roadhouse, where you can experience the warmth of Best Friends hospitality.

Just for Pets

At the Best Friends Roadhouse & Mercantile, pets are just as much guests as their people are. For their comfort and happiness, we are pleased to provide:

  • Personal pet welcome
  • Complimentary self-serve pet washing facilities
  • Complimentary cleaning products, located in the service building
  • Pet walking service provided in half-hour increments by Best Friends volunteers and staff (a fee applies)
  • Pet visits by our staff during the day (a fee applies)
  • Fenced pet-park area with splash water feature (for pets of lodging guests)
  • Pet treats, beds and retail items in the mercantile building
  • Built-in cubbies and snuggling areas in select guest rooms

Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.