Students: Apply for Capitol Hill externships by Oct. 16

Students: Apply for Capitol Hill externships by Oct. 16Are you interested in public policy and working on Capitol Hill? If you’re a veterinary student, the AVMA Governmental Relations Student Externship Program may be a good fit for you – and you have until Oct. 16 to apply for the 2016 program.

This four-week externship pairs talented veterinary students with the AVMA Governmental Relations Division in Washington, D.C., where you’ll be introduced to the breadth of public policy issues facing our profession and get hands-on lobbying experience with legislators and staffers on Capitol Hill. It’s an opportunity to learn a facet of the veterinary profession that you won’t find in school – and make a difference in shaping the profession at the same time.

What can you expect as a Governmental Relations extern? Read the externs’ own blog to find out. Among other experiences, our 2015 externs got to see Pope Francis during his recent visit to Washington, and see how Washington received the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide. Here’s a typical day in the life of an extern, as described by one of the 2015 participants, Lucy Lee.

To be eligible for this externship, a student must:

  • Be a SAVMA member
  • Have completed two years of a professional program at a college of veterinary medicine before beginning the externship
  • Be interested in public policy
  • Want to help advance the AVMA’s legislative and regulatory agenda

More information and an application can be found on our externships page.

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