The Animals & Society Institute is a human-animal studies think tank whose mission is to advance human knowledge to improve animal lives, through its focus upon human-animal relationships. From our companion animals to wildlife, from farmed animals to animals in zoos, these relationships affect us—and the animals—on a daily basis. ASI understands the importance of human-animal relationships and the influence they have throughout our communities. Because of this, we believe in the value of learning about these relationships and are enthusiastic about the work we do to develop communities that are safe, humane, and compassionate. ASI is a leader in producing and translating research on human-animal relationships into policy and practice, providing essential knowledge and tools and promoting evidence-based approaches that get results toward our vision of a compassionate world where animals flourish. ASI carries out its mission in three keyways: academic publications, policy papers, and BARK (Behavioral Accountability, Responsibility, and Knowledge) which is a treatment model designed for use by the judicial system. It provides guidance on how to identify, assess, and treat adults who have abused animals. 

ASI is currently offering the following remote internships:

Development Internship

The Development Intern will work closely with the Executive Director to grow and expand the work of the organization. This position offers a unique opportunity to gain experience in the human-animal studies field while learning about nonprofit development and marketing. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct research on potential donors, strategic partners, markets, and industries.
  • Support grant application processes.
  • Draft correspondence, reports, proposals, and donor appeals.
  • Assist with mailings and special projects as needed.
  • Create thank you and other donor correspondence.
  • Support fundraising efforts via social media.

 Qualifications:

  • Affinity for animal protection.
  • Strong writing and research skills.
  • Graphic skills such as Canva strongly desired.
  • Detail oriented and ability to prioritize.
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

 

Policy Internship

ASI’s policy intern will work with the Executive Director to grow the animal protection policy field through policy research, communications, and administrative activities. Interns will engage in all areas of the ASI’s programs and will have a unique opportunity to contribute to policy and advocacy efforts impacting animals and people. 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Research and compile policy stakeholder key facts.
  • Research, track, and compile information on current and potential legislation.
  • Assist in the creation of strategies for broadening policy paper audience including social media and other digital means. 
  • Assist Executive Director in raising awareness on key policy issues by drafting policy briefs, policy summaries, fact sheets, blog articles, social media posts etc.
  • Assist with select administrative tasks such as updating and preparing Excel spreadsheets, proofreading, preparing mailings, etc.

Qualifications:

  • A strong desire to improve the lives of animals and people.
  • Enthusiasm for animal advocacy
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • High level of organization and attention to detail. 
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work independently. 

Society & Animals Journal Internship

Society & Animals (S&A) is an academic journal that covers the relationship between humans and animals from a variety of perspectives, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, philosophy, history, literary criticism, and art history. While emphasizing empirically based studies, the journal also publishes:

  • theoretical analyses
  •  literature reviews
  •  methodological contributions
  • commentaries

A few of the topics that S&A addresses are: 

  •  cruelty to animals, therapeutic uses of animals, other human-animal interactions
  •  animals in research, education, medicine, agriculture
  •  dog fighting, circuses, companion animals, other uses of animals in popular culture
  •  the politics of animal welfare
  •  attitudes toward animals conveyed by schools, religious institutions, other socializing agencies
  •  representations of animals in literature
  •  the history of the domestication of animals
  •  the animal rights movement

The ASI intern will perform the following duties/activities:

  • Process newly accepted Society & Animals manuscripts and check for compliance with Author Guidelines and the sixth edition of the APA Style Manual
  • Make all necessary style/formatting corrections and write basic reference queries.
  •  Provide basic copyediting assistance as needed; resolve inconsistences and queries by researching online.
  • Check author proofs and integrate corrections.
  • Select manuscripts for print issues.
  • Proofread, update, and edit style sheet.
  • Create volunteer instructions that are concise, engaging, and informative.
  • Based on the research findings, provide suggestions for improving ASI’s email, online, and social media presence.
  •  Create research summaries for social media posts.
  •  Learn the components of a research article.
  •  Learn basic figure preparation skills and assist with revisions.

Qualifications:

  • A strong desire to improve the lives of animals and people.
  • Well-developed research and writing skills
  • Strong editing skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • High level of organization and attention to detail. 
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work independently.

Communications Internship

The ASI Communications Intern will work closely with the Human-Animal Studies Program Director to create sound and consistent messaging across the organization. This position will help develop and implement communication initiatives for all digital (social media platforms, e-newsletters, and website) media. This position will also assist in creating collateral materials both electronically and in print. This is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of marketing and development. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with updating and maintaining ASI’s social media and website 
  • Assist in planning, writing, and managing monthly e-newsletters
  • Draft, distribute and pitch news releases, media alerts and other stories.
  • Assist with the design of flyers, graphics, and other marketing material.
  • Assist with updating the ASI website when needed. 

Qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm for ASI’s purpose to create safer and more compassionate communities for both animals and people.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Firm grasp of social media platforms, in particular, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  • An effective communicator, both written and oral.
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of WordPress and graphic design tools such as Canva is a plus. 

More information and how to apply

The internships above are unpaid; however, college credit may apply. These internships are a minimum of 8 hours per week, which is flexible on days and times. Internships may be one semester or a full year, during the academic year and/or during the summer. 

If you are dedicated to animal protection and are looking for hands-on experience in the above areas, please apply by emailing your cover letter, resume, and a short (no more than one page) writing sample to ivy.collier@animalsandsociety.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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