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Student Internships: Animal Advocacy

Looking for an Internship in Animal Advocacy?


The following are organizations that offer internships to students interested in working in the field of Animal Advocacy.

American Humane Association

The American Humane Association, as a network of individuals and organizations, works to prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children and animals and to assure that their interests and well-being are fully, effectively, and humanely guaranteed by an aware and caring society. The organization is also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses.

Outreach and Research Intern, Emergency Services

Provides overarching support to the outreach and research efforts of American Humane Association’s Red Star™ Emergency Services department, the animal rescue team of the American Humane Association. Main responsibilities include the following:

  • Promotes the Red Star™ training program to emergency management professionals, animal welfare organizations, potential volunteers and other parties.
  • Monitors and tracks cases of animal cruelty nationwide for possible deployment, intervention or other opportunities; keeps the National Director updated on emerging issues.
  • Assist with updating and upgrading volunteer administration and records. Call volunteers to determine interest in staying on active list, update their stats and information.
  • Assists with social media outreach and monitoring for Red Star™.
  • Creates some short items- blog posts, tweets, etc., relevant to the program.
  • Prepares, proof reads, edits and finalizes letters, proposals and reports.
  • Assists with various projects which may include the creation of spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and marketing materials. Helps to ensures that all program materials are up-to-date.
  • Conducts background research and presents information in a concise, detailed format.
  • Does opportunity research, analysis and outreach.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 

Contact: No direct contact. Application submission directions at

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” While there are SPCAs and humane societies all over the country, the ASPCA is not directly affiliated with them. However, the ASPCA works nationally to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with many shelters across the country.

The ASPCA offers a number of internship opportunities with the following objectives:

  • Increase awareness and promote the values and mission of the ASPCA
  • Develop and improve individual marketability
  • Provide networking opportunities and expose individuals to career options within animal welfare and infrastructure teams
  • Hone professional skills required for job placement
  • Develop life-long animal welfare advocates and professionals

Past internships have been offered in the following ASPCA departments:

  • ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH)
  • Adoption Center
  • Information Technology Group (ITG)
  • Field Investigations & Response (FIR)
  • Cruelty Intervention Advocacy (CIA)
  • Community Outreach
  • Media & Communications
  • Social Media
  • Government Relations
  • Finance
  • Internal Audit
  • Legal  

Applicants can view available internships on the Application Center page by selecting “Internship” from the Position Type drop-down selection box:

Apply here:

Compassion over Killing (COK)

Working to end animal abuse since 1995, COK focuses on cruelty to animals in agriculture and promotes vegetarian eating as a way to build a kinder world for all of us, both human and nonhuman. Since 1995, COK has served as an unwavering force bringing about positive changes for animals, and thanks to our many generous supporters, we’ve come a long way in our short history: starting as an all-volunteer high school club and evolving into a national voice for animals.

Outreach Internships

Available in DC or LA on a part-time or full-time basis, internships offer individuals an opportunity to be involved in a diverse range of projects, to get active in national and local campaigns, and network with others in the community. Activities may include the following:

  • organizing events such as feed-ins or speaker presentations
  • leafleting at busy street corners, festivals, or concerts
  • staffing educational booths at community fairs/festivals
  • distributing pro-veg materials around the city
  • meeting with restaurants or calling companies about offering more vegan options
  • coordinating research projects
  • day-to-day activities in the office

Contact: or 301-891-2458 or visit

Humane Society of the United State (HSUS)

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization. We help animals by advocating for better laws to protect animals; conducting campaigns to reform industries; providing animal rescue and emergency response; investigating cases of animal cruelty; and caring for animals through our sanctuaries and wildlife rehabilitation centers, emergency shelters and clinics.

HSUS offers internships in the following areas:

  • Programs and campaigns
  • Communications
  • Policy
  • Animal Care Centers
  • Humane Society Legislative Fund
  • Humane Society International – Farm Animals (research internships)
  • Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (membership interns)

Apply here:

The Humane League

The Humane League’s National Campus Outreach Program seeks to train and mentor the next generation of effective animal advocates working on behalf of farmed animals. We are recruiting Campus Organizers at colleges and universities for the Fall ‘18 – Spring ‘19 academic year to join a team of some of the most effective animal activists in the country.

The Campus Organizer role is an excellent introduction to professional animal advocacy for farmed animals, and students in this position will gain special insight into the animal protection movement. The Humane League is pleased to provide career advice for Organizers as well as letters of recommendation and information on positions within the movement.

Campus Organizers will report to the Campus Outreach Department, which will provide all necessary materials and support for the position. This internship position pays a $500 stipend per semester upon completion and each Organizer is expected to work approximately 50 hours per semester. No prior advocacy experience is required for this entry-level position. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, so applying early is highly encouraged.

Apply here!

Primary Duties will include:

  • Learning tactics for effective communication and advocacy for farmed animals through direct coaching and mentorship from THL staff
  • Strengthening leadership skills and serving as a campus expert on factory farming and veg eating
  • Building a new or developing an existing student club to expand the pro-veg or animal welfare presence on campus
  • Extending the Humane League’s core programs to the campus level by coordinating campaign actions, outreach actions, and community-building events as directed by your supervisor
  • Engaging the community to help animals, covering the issues of factory farming and how students can get involved
    • Developing public speaking skills to give presentations in front of classrooms, student groups, and at club events
    • Approaching students one-on-one in high-traffic areas, at popular events, or while tabling
  • Motivating and managing a network of club members and volunteers, training them in effective advocacy to maximize their potential to help animals and fostering the growth of the club

In Defense of Animals (IDA)

Founded in 1983 by Dr. Elliot Katz, DVM, In Defense of Animals is an international animal rights and rescue organization dedicated to protecting the rights, welfare, and habitats of animals. We work to expose and end animal experimentation; protect wildlife and restore balance in their natural habitats; end the exploitation and abuse of wild species living in captivity; protect domestic and wild species worldwide from abuse and slaughter for food; conduct cruelty investigations and rescue operations; and provide veterinary care for sick, abused, and orphaned animals in our natural habitat sanctuaries.

IDA offers direct training for interns in the following areas within IDA’s operating structure:

  • Administrative support
  • Animal abuse monitoring
  • Audio/visual support
  • Development/fundraising
  • Grant writing
  • Graphic design
  • Investigation
  • Outreach/tabling
  • PR/marketing
  • Research
  • Social media support
  • Writing

Prospective interns fill out an application indicating their areas of interest.

Contact: or visit

Kerulos Center

The Kerulos Center is a legally-incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Oregon and established December 30, 2008. Our vision is a world where animals live in dignity and freedom. We translate this vision into everyday living by helping animals in need. Our work empowers people to change their lives for animals to make all places are sanctuary. Kerulos is collaborative and holistic in philosophy and method. Our activities and publications extend abroad but we remain grassroots with the purpose of enhancing dialogue, bridging groups and ideas, and building social capacity for change. Our programs are interdisciplinary and international, drawing from multiple cultures and knowledge bodies (e.g., western, tribal, animal-inclusive). We do not prescribe how to be; rather we support personal empowerment to make changes that benefit all animals.

The Kerulos Center offers year-round internships for students, professionals, and others who wish to deepen their understanding of animal minds and lives and put their learning into direct action. Our internships offer a powerful firsthand experience of grassroots work with animals, along with a learning and reflection framework that supports personal, professional, and community development. Kerulos internships are rooted in the philosophy of learning in service where coursework is directly applied to a hands-on practicum that helps animals in need. Learning goals include:

  • Build a strong foundation in principles of trans-species psychology and animal traumatology
  • Gain firsthand experience working with animals and animal rescue-restoration organizations
  • Translate learning experience to personal, professional, and ethical development

Internships are mentored and self-paced. There are three components: (1) coursework; (2) practicum with one of our U.S. or international partners; and (3) personal and professional development.

Find out more here:

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a nonprofit organization that advocates for preventive medicine, especially good nutrition, conducts clinical research, and advocates for higher ethical standards in research, including promoting alternatives to animal research and testing. Our membership includes 150,000 health care professionals and concerned citizens.

PCRM interns work on a daily basis with PCRM’s team of experienced doctors, nutritionists, clinical researchers, and nonprofit professionals. They may also have the opportunity to participate in staff education sessions, journal article discussions, Capitol Hill briefings, fundraisers, and other PCRM events. All interns receive a full-day orientation at the start of their internship and ongoing support from their staff mentor. PCRM welcomes applications from both current students and recent graduates. Spring 2014 internships include the following:

Communications Internship

The Communications Intern will work closely with our Social Media Manager on maintaining our social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other sites, creating new pages and profiles on various social media platforms, creating shareable graphics, charts, and tables, assisting with video editing and posting, researching and drafting press materials, letters to the editor, and action alerts, assisting with administrative duties, and other communications related tasks.

Operations Management Internship

The Operations Management Intern will work with the Facilities Manager and Office Services team members on project management, meeting and office support, supply requisition, vendor relations, telecommunications, system and property operation and maintenance, and office relocations and set-ups. The intern will also have the opportunity to gain experience with the implementation of green office policies by serving on PCRM’s Eco-Club, an inter-departmental team within PCRM dedicated to greening the workplace. This internship is a wonderful opportunity for students enrolled in a Facilities Management program or those looking to gain preparatory experience for obtaining the Facilities Management Professional (FMP) credential through the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), to learn more about facilities management at a non-profit organization while making a valuable contribution to PCRM’s mission.

Research Policy Internship

The Research Policy intern will assist with various campaigns, including PCRM’s burgeoning program to modernize emergency medicine residency training and national efforts to shift federal research funding in the areas of alcohol abuse, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes. Specific projects will include researching human-based alternatives to research and training methods, including visiting the National Library of Medicine (a short subway ride from the PCRM office) to obtain articles, reviewing and creating detailed summaries of documents obtained through public records requests, and drafting correspondence to institutional officials and PCRM members.

Toxicology and Regulatory Testing Internship

PCRM’s Toxicology and Regulatory Testing team finds and implements science and policy-based solutions to reduce and replace the use of animals in tests conducted by pesticide, chemical, drug, and cosmetic companies. The Toxicology and Regulatory Testing Intern will work with the Director of Regulatory Testing Issues on researching and preparing educational materials (Web and print), assisting with grassroots, media and educational aspects of the campaign to encourage cosmetic companies to stop testing on animals; assisting with the team’s lobbying activities, including tracking Capitol Hill visits and preparing materials; and assisting with the preparation of reports for the public or for peer-reviewed publication on topics related to animal testing. This internship is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the policy issues associated with efforts to promote alternatives to the use of animals for product and chemical testing while making a valuable contribution to PCRM’s campaigns.

Contact: PCRM’s human resources department ( or visit

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

PETA was founded in 1980 and is dedicated to establishing and defending the rights of all animals. PETA operates under the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment. PETA educates policymakers and the public about animal abuse and promotes kind treatment of animals. PETA is an international nonprofit charitable organization based in Norfolk, Virginia, with affiliates worldwide.

Office Internship

PETA interns work with (not for) staff members to sharpen their skills as an animal rights activist, help raise awareness about animal rights through public outreach, and improve themselves with in-office trainings and seminars. PETA interns have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities depending upon their interests. Some of these activities include going on the road with PETA’s campaign staff, helping out peta2 at Warped Tour, researching the top vegan-friendly college campuses, and attending daily brainstorming sessions with PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk and Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman as well as several members of senior staff to discuss the news of the day and how we can get animal rights into the conversation. PETA internships are competitive, but they are not limited to seasoned animal rights veterans. First and foremost, they are interested in candidates who are ready to learn more about animal rights issues, are eager to experience firsthand what it’s like to be an activist, and want to see how a nonprofit organization works.

Contact: No direct contact: applicants are directed to an online application form at or visit

In addition to office internships, PETA offers the following:

PETA Foundation Law Internship

Law interns provide attorneys at the PETA Foundation with assistance on a wide range of legal issues that arise in the course of PETA’s work to protect animals through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, and protest campaigns. Primary responsibilities include the following:

  • Research, interpret, and apply federal statutes and regulations, including the Animal Welfare Act, the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Freedom of Information Act
  • Research, interpret, and apply state statutes and regulations, including anti-cruelty and open records statutes
  • Conduct legal research on a variety of animal protection and animal rights issues, such as standing, judicial review, and First Amendment issues
  • Prepare comments for agencies on proposed rulemaking and permit applications
  • Communicate with public interest and private attorneys, prosecutors, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations on a variety of legal issues
  • Assist PETA caseworkers, researchers, and campaigners with a wide array of legal issues
  • Work with others to formulate and develop legal initiatives to further PETA’s objectives
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor

Contact: Lori Kettler, deputy general counsel (

Traveling Positions

peta2 Concert Tour Crew

PETA is seeking outgoing, energetic crew members to tour for its youth division, peta2.  Activities will include traveling full time on concert tours, attending festivals, and participating in other events. As a part of this team, interns represent the peta2 program to young people, delivering a strong message against cruelty to animals that will inspire others to get active by participating in peta2′s mobile texting campaigns, distributing literature, and watching animal rights videos. There will be opportunities to travel with teams to multiple cities and states and possibly even Canada.  Along with other perks, crew members will receive a $365 weekly stipend.

Peta2 Campus Outreach Crew

PETA’s youth division, peta2, is seeking outgoing, energetic crew members to travel to colleges and universities across North America with its campus outreach crew. Crew members will work alongside peta2 staffers, interns, and student activists to start a buzz on college campuses about animal rights and a vegan lifestyle. They will distribute literature and DVDs, gather signatures for campus-focused petitions, hang fliers, and generate campus media coverage. The crew travels to schools across North America all throughout the school year. Crew members will receive a $320 weekly stipend.

peta2 “Glass Walls” Exhibit Crew

PETA’s youth division, peta2, is seeking outgoing, energetic crew members to travel to colleges and universities across North America as part of its “Glass Walls” exhibit crew. Crew members will work alongside peta2 staffers, interns, and student activists to generate buzz on college campuses about animal rights and a vegan lifestyle. They will help set up our enormous 20-foot-by-30-foot inflatable tent, inside which students will be put in the position of animals in the meat industry by sitting in gestation crates and will be able to watch a new high-definition immersive version of PETA’s powerful “Glass Walls” exposé. Crew members will receive a $320 weekly stipend.

Contact: No direct contact; applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Visit

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