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Come work side by side with our amazing team to change the world for farmed animals. Leave with the experience and connections you need for a career in animal protection.

Legal Department Internships

Legal Department Internships

We love our legal interns, and they play a crucial role in our work to protect farmed animals.

Legal Advocacy Internship

As a legal advocacy intern, you'll work directly with our attorneys to conduct research on federal, state, and local laws, draft memoranda, review footage from undercover investigations, write blog posts on legal issues in farmed animal protection, and research agricultural industry standards and practices. You’ll leave with exposure to emerging fields of law, hands-on experience in investigations, litigation, and corporate governance, and connections that could help you land a career in animal protection.

Legislative Affairs Internship

As a legislative affairs intern, you’ll work directly with our legal team and other staff to implement public policies benefiting farmed animals—primarily through legislation, citizen referendums, and administrative action on the state and federal levels. Your work will include managing grassroots get-out-the-vote initiatives, researching and drafting policy briefs and memoranda, writing action alerts and blog posts, drafting public records requests and reviewing responses, and other assignments commensurate with experience. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in helping farmed animals through law and public policy.

The Details

During the summer, limited full-time internships are available in our West Hollywood office. Free housing and a nominal weekly stipend are provided. During the school year, part-time internships are available in West Hollywood and from remote locations. A commitment of 12 hours per week for at least four weeks is required.

Application deadlines for legal department internships are July 1 for fall positions, November 1 for spring positions, and February 1 for summer positions.

Ready?

If you’ve got what it takes to intern with our legal team,

If you have questions, please refer to our legal internship FAQ.

Education Department Internships

Education Department Internships

We are no longer accepting applications for education department internships in 2017. Please apply only if your requested start date falls in 2018.

Interns and volunteer campaign assistants are the backbone of MFA’s grassroots advocacy work. We want you on our team!

As an intern, you’ll work directly under our global volunteer manager, Shayna Rowbotham, to distribute pro-vegan leaflets, host video screenings, draft blog posts, conduct research, staff outreach tables, and build supporter relationships through social media. You’ll leave with hands-on experience in vegan advocacy, grassroots outreach, and nonprofit administration, and connections that could help you land a career in animal protection.

The Details

Limited full-time and part-time positions are available year-round in our West Hollywood and Chicago locations. Free housing is available for full-time interns (not volunteer campaign assistants) in West Hollywood. A commitment of at least four weeks is required. Please apply three months or more before you’d like to start.

Training will be provided by MFA and prior experience is not required. You’ll be expected to dress neatly and to refrain from consuming animal products in the MFA office and intern house. Interns receive school credit, while volunteer campaign assistants do not, but otherwise these positions are identical.

Ready?

If you’ve got what it takes to intern with our education department,

If you have questions, please refer to our education internship FAQ.

Vegetarian Support Internships

Vegetarian Support Internships

We are no longer accepting applications for veg support internships starting before August 1, 2017. Please apply only if your requested start falls after that date.

Do you want to use your personal experience going veg to mentor others doing the same? Have an interest in nutrition and healthy living? Inspired to help animals? Apply to join the Mercy For Animals team as a vegetarian support intern or volunteer support assistant!

As a vegetarian support intern or volunteer support assistant, you will work directly under our vegetarian support specialist to connect with individuals who have recently transitioned to a vegetarian diet, or are thinking about doing so, and need some extra help. Using email, live chat, and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, you will coach people through their personal challenges, answer questions, and provide valuable resources to assist as they cut back on or cut out animal products.

You’ll leave with hands-on experience in online vegan advocacy and social media, as well as connections with a diverse group of animal protection advocates.

The Details

Limited full-time and part-time remote positions are available year-round. You must be at least 18 years old to apply, and we require a commitment of at least one month. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply a month or more before you'd like to start.

Training will be provided by MFA and prior experience is not required. While interns receive school credit, volunteer assistants do not; however, these positions are otherwise identical.

Human Resources Internships

Human Resources Diversity and Inclusion Internship

We are accepting applications for human resources diversity and inclusion internships starting in fall 2017. Please apply only if your requested start date is after September 1, 2017.

Are you enrolled in graduate studies in human resources management or in a diversity and inclusion program? Are you passionate about animal rights? Are you veg*n? If so, we encourage you to apply to join the Mercy For Animals team as a human resources diversity and inclusion intern!

As a human resources diversity and inclusion intern, you will work directly with our HR coordinator, recruiter, and vice president of operations to research and report on diversity issues in the animal rights movement, best practices for reaching underserved populations, and ways for MFA to better reach a more diverse audience and attract a more diverse applicant pool. Through this internship you will develop business report writing and presentation skills.

Using research tools and presentation software, you will help MFA:
  • Promote racial and ethnic diversity
  • Increase representation of people with disabilities
  • Increase representation of veterans
  • Increase representation of people over 40
  • Improve representation of members of the LGBTQ community
  • Advance MFA’s status as an employer of choice

The internship program's content will be developed according to organizational needs and the intern's academic strengths and interests.

The MFA human resources diversity and inclusion internship is open to all qualified candidates without regard to race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic as determined by state or local law.

The Details

Limited part-time internships are available year-round. During the school year, part-time internships are available in West Hollywood and from remote locations. A commitment of up to 20 hours per week for up to 15 weeks may be required for school credit. During the summer, limited full-time internships are available in our West Hollywood office. In the summer, free housing and a nominal weekly stipend are provided. You must be at least 18 years old to apply. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply a month or more before you'd like to start.

Application deadlines for the human resources diversity and inclusion internships are September 1 for fall positions, December 1 for spring positions, and April 1 for summer positions.

If you have questions, please refer to our HR internship FAQ.

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