Internships

AWI offers internships in each of its six program areas for students who are dedicated to advancing animal welfare. In order to broaden the scope of representation in the animal protection movement and make participation in AWI’s internship program accessible to all, AWI has instituted a Paid Summer Internship Program, which provides 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 here.

All internships will be remote until further notice.

Marine Life Legal Intern

AWI’s marine life program is currently looking for a part-time remote legal intern to engage in and assist with various research projects. Applicants must be willing to assist with a myriad of captive and wild marine life law and policy issues, including but not limited to researching case law and drafting legal analyses, public comments, and legal memos. The intern will have the opportunity to work with AWI’s legal, scientific and policy staff.

To better acquaint yourself with AWI’s work before applying, please read more here. Interested applicants should send their cover letter and resume to Georgia Hancock at georgia@awionline.org. (Due to the volume of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Thanks for your understanding.)

Preference will go to second and third year law students involved in relevant law reviews and law journals and those that have taken or are currently enrolled in any of the following courses: Environmental Law/Litigation/Clinic, Administrative Law, Ocean and Coastal Law, Animal Law, International Environmental Law, Wildlife Law and/or related coursework. Please indicate whether you are a 2L or 3L when you apply. All internships will be remote until further notice. Internships are generally unpaid. However, students accepted for a summer position are encouraged to apply for AWI’s Paid Summer Internship Program.

Communications Intern

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) seeks a remote, full- or part-time communications intern each term (fall, winter, spring, and summer). This opportunity is open to undergraduate or graduate students majoring in communications, marketing, journalism, public relations, or a related field—or individuals with equivalent experience—seeking to develop their communication skills in a nonprofit setting.

The communications intern will report to AWI’s digital engagement manager and public relations manager and assist with the development, implementation, and analysis of creative concepts and communication strategies. Tasks may include creating social media posts and videos, media monitoring, media database updating, etc.The ideal candidate is a strong writer and communicator who is organized and has a genuine interest in animal welfare. Although not required, candidates with SEO familiarity, with a demonstrated interest in social media management, or who are skilled in video production are preferred.

Internships are generally unpaid; however, students accepted for a full-time summer position are encouraged to apply for AWI’s Paid Summer Internship Program. Interns may also arrange to receive course credit. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis for spring and summer 2022. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Kim Meneo at kim@awionline.org. In your letter, please specify the term for which you are applying. 

Legislative Interns

AWI seeks two legislative interns every fall, spring, and summer. This is a great opportunity for law students, political science students, or anyone with a passion for making a difference in the lives of animals. Interns will assist our government and legal affairs staff in maintaining updated Hill contact lists, delivering documents to and attend meetings with Congressional offices and assisting staff in research; as well as miscellaneous tasks of an administrative nature. No specific academic major is required; however, preferred candidates will have a strong work ethic and be willing to take on any project. Interns may work full-time or part-time and can arrange to receive course credit. Please submit a resume and cover letter, stating why you wish to become an advocate for animals to Nancy Blaney at nancy@awionline.org. All internships will be remote until further notice. Internships are generally unpaid. However, students accepted for a summer position are encouraged to apply for AWI’s Paid Summer Internship Program.

Farm Animal Law and Policy Interns

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) works to reduce animal suffering and promote the welfare of all animals, including animals in agriculture. As a part of our mission, we promote humane farming systems and work to advance legislative and regulatory efforts to improve the conditions of farm animals.

Farm animal interns have the opportunity to learn more about advocacy efforts to protect farm animals. Potential responsibilities include research and writing, tracking legislation and regulations, and drafting public policy comments. Projects will cover a range of factory farming issues; the intern will support AWI in its efforts to eliminate harmful on-farm practices, improve conditions during long-distance transport, encourage humane handling at slaughter, and educate the public regarding the meaning of welfare-related claims on food products. The ideal candidate will have a genuine interest in animal welfare and a background in law, public policy, or animal science.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample to Erin Sutherland at erin@awionline.org. Please specify the semester you are seeking to intern for (i.e. Summer, Fall, or Spring). The farm animal program’s Fall 2021 internship has been filled. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis for Spring and Summer 2022. All internships will be remote until further notice. Internships are generally unpaid. However, students accepted for a summer position are encouraged to apply for AWI’s Paid Summer Internship Program.

Wildlife Law and Policy Interns

AWI offers on-site and remote internships every fall, spring, and summer to qualified students who have interest and experience in protecting wildlife. Interns assist with a variety of wildlife law and policy issues, such as conducting legal research, drafting legal memoranda, commenting on federal and state rulemaking proposals, and assisting with litigation matters. Projects may cover a range of issues, including threatened and endangered species, international wildlife trade, hunting and trapping regulations, and wild horses and burros, among other issues.

Interested applicants should send their cover letter, resume, and a writing sample that has not been edited by anyone other than yourself to Johanna Hamburger at johanna@awionline.org. Please specify the following in your application: (1) the semester you are seeking to intern for (i.e. Summer, Fall, or Spring); (2) whether you are interested in a remote position or an on-site position at our Capitol Hill office; and (3) whether you are a 1, 2, or 3L. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis for remote positions for Spring 2022 and Summer 2022.

Preference will go to students that have taken or are currently enrolled in any of the following courses: Environmental Law/Litigation/Clinic, Administrative Law, Animal Law, International Environmental Law, Wildlife Law, Public Lands & Resources Law, and/or related coursework. For our summer positions, 2Ls are strongly preferred. However, 1Ls with exceptional prior work experience will be considered. Although most projects are best suited for law school students, students enrolled in Masters programs in scientific and/or public policy fields are also encouraged to apply. All internships will be remote until further notice. Internships are generally unpaid. However, students accepted for a summer position are encouraged to apply for AWI’s Paid Summer Internship Program.

Animals and Family Violence Intern

Interns, part-time or full-time, needed to assist with developing and maintaining Animals and Family Violence Program databases, such as the Safe Havens for Pets of Domestic Violence Victims national database. Animals and family violence interns may also conduct computer research related to training efforts and legislative and policy initiatives, e.g., on pet protection orders, cross-reporting between animal and human services agencies, and related matters.

Hours are negotiable, as is length of service. Interested applicants should send their cover letter and resume to Dr. Mary Lou Randour at marylou@awionline.org. All internships will be remote until further notice. Internships are generally unpaid. However, students accepted for a summer position are encouraged to apply for AWI’s Paid Summer Internship Program.

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