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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 advocacy internships are July 1 for fall positions, November 1 for spring positions, and February 1 for summer positions.

Applications for legislative affairs internships are reviewed on a rolling basis. Legal training is not required for this position, though law students are strongly preferred.

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

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 assistant volunteer coordinator, 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 intern (not volunteer campaign assistant) positions in West Hollywood. You must be at least 16 years old to apply, and we require at least a one-month commitment. Please apply a month 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.

Media Internships

Media Internships

We are no longer accepting applications for media internships starting on or before February 28, 2017. Please apply only if your requested start date falls after that date

Do you want to use your creative side to help animals? Have a knack for writing and a bit of media savvy? Apply to join the MFA team as a media intern or volunteer media assistant!

As a media intern or volunteer media assistant, you will work directly under our media production manager, Jamie Berger, to create video content for MFA’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You will also perform other writing- and media-related tasks, such as pitching stories to the media and drafting op-eds and letters to the editor. You’ll leave with hands-on experience in online vegan advocacy, social media, and video production as well as connections that could help you land a career in animal protection.

The Details

Limited full-time and part-time positions are available year-round remotely and in our West Hollywood and Chicago locations. Free housing is available for full-time media interns (not volunteer media assistants) in West Hollywood. We require a commitment of at least one month. If possible, please apply a month or more before you'd like to start.

If working in an MFA office in West Hollywood or Chicago, you’ll be expected to dress neatly and to refrain from consuming animal products in the MFA office and intern house.

Exceptional writing skills and an outstanding command of English grammar and spelling are required for this internship. A high school degree is required. College or university majors or degrees in communications, journalism, or related fields are preferred but not required.

Vegetarian Support Internships

Vegetarian Support Internships

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.

Applicants located in Chicago will have the opportunity to service local volunteer and outreach efforts by working at the office. 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 positions are available year-round, either remotely or in office. 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. If working in MFA’s West Hollywood or Chicago location, you’ll be expected to dress neatly and to refrain from consuming animal products in the office.

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