Animal Welfare Institute Paid Summer Internship Program

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The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) seeks to improve the treatment of animals everywhere—in the laboratory, on the farm, in commerce, at home, and in the wild. Over the seven decades that AWI has been advocating for animals, much progress has been made, but there is so much more work to do, and we need dedicated people to help. In order to broaden the scope of representation in the animal protection movement and make participation in AWI’s intern program accessible to all, AWI is offering a limited number of paid summer internships to students who demonstrate commitment to AWI’s mission, need or special circumstances warranting support, and dedication to advancing the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more about how to apply below.

Who can apply?

The Paid Summer Internship Program is available to candidates applying for a summer internship with AWI. Eligible candidates should be enrolled at an accredited institution for higher learning or be a recent graduate (one year or less following graduation) and must be a US citizen or authorized to work in the United States.

How do I apply?

AWI offers internships in each of its six program areas every summer. You may apply for a paid summer internship with one or more of these six program by following the steps described below:

  1. Apply for one or more of the six program internships by following the standard application instructions for the program in which you are interested. The full list of internship opportunities and corresponding standard application instructions can be found here.
  2. In addition to application materials required by the specific program internship you are applying for, candidates should submit a personal statement addressing the following four questions:
    • How have you demonstrated commitment to AWI’s mission or animal advocacy through your professional, academic, and/or personal life? (500 word minimum)
    • How would financial support make a meaningful difference in your ability to pursue a career in animal advocacy? Relevant information you may wish to provide could include whether you are receiving financial aid and/or scholarships, engaging in work study, working to cover expenses, etc. (250 word minimum)
    • How have you advanced principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in your career, academics, or leadership experience? (250 word minimum)
    • Do you identify as a member of an underrepresented group in the animal protection movement? If so, please explain.
  3. Additionally, candidates should submit contact information for 2‒3 professional or academic references, including at least one who can speak to your commitment to animal welfare and one who can speak to your abilities as a student.

Candidates who are not selected for a paid summer internship are still eligible for an unpaid summer internship with the program to which their application was already accepted.

When is the deadline?

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and internships will remain open until filled.

How will applications be reviewed?

All applicants will first be evaluated by the specific internship program to which the candidate applied. Candidates accepted by an internship program who have also applied for a paid summer internship will then be forwarded to a selection committee for consideration. Candidates will be evaluated by the committee in accordance with scoring criteria consistent with the objectives of the Paid Summer Internship Program. Successful candidates will clearly articulate through a personal statement their commitment to AWI’s mission, how financial support would improve their ability to pursue a career in animal advocacy, their dedication to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how their selection will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

What is the rate of compensation?

Selected candidates will receive a stipend of $700 a week for a period of 40 hours per week for 10 weeks.

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