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Legal
Internships

Legal Department Internships

As a Mercy For Animals legal intern, you can help shape the future of animal law. Our legal interns gain invaluable experience while assisting MFA’s campaigns and our high-impact work advocating for animals in courts, state houses, and administrative agencies. Our interns are a vital part of our team and are closely involved with important projects.

You'll work directly with our international team of attorneys to research and analyze federal, state, and local laws; draft memoranda; review undercover footage; administer campaigns; and assist with administrative and corporate governance tasks pertaining to general nonprofit administration and legal compliance. You’ll leave with hands-on experience in a wide variety of legal disciplines and insight into the field of animal protection.

MFA is an international organization. Interns with Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Canadian French, or Hindi language skills are encouraged to apply and will be assigned projects employing those skills.

The Details

During the summer, limited full-time internships are available in our West Hollywood office. Free housing is available and a nominal weekly stipend is provided. During the school year, part-time internships are available in West Hollywood and from remote locations. Interns are expected to work 20 hours per week during the school year. The internships are unpaid, but academic credit may be available.

Application deadlines for legal department internships are July 1 for fall positions, November 1 for spring positions, and January 31 for summer positions.

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 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 volunteer coordinator, Eve Wetlaufer, 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 location. 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.

Communications Internships

Communications Internships

We are accepting applications for communications internships starting in summer 2018.

Are you enrolled in a communications, journalism, public relations, or marketing program? Are you passionate about animal rights and communications? Are you vegan? If so, we encourage you to apply to join the Mercy For Animals team as a communications intern!

MFA is seeking a communications intern to help expand the organization’s presence in mainstream media, as well as in new media, including podcasts and social media video publications. As part of our growing team, the communications intern will work directly with our director of communications, while also working with our staff writers to brainstorm innovative ways to reach new audiences.

With the guidance and mentorship of MFA’s director of communications, the communications intern will also:

  • Help brainstorm and execute new content and campaign ideas for MFA’s public relations and writing efforts
  • Assist with research on MFA public relations campaigns, vegan lifestyle content for mainstream media outlets, member magazine articles, and miscellaneous communications projects
  • Gain valuable writing and PR experience while working under the guidance of our professional communications staff
  • Assist with gathering and reviewing analytics related to MFA’s public relations campaigns

The MFA communications internships are 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

Part-time and full-time internships are available year-round. You must be at least 18 years old to apply. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply two weeks or more before you'd like to start.

FAQ

How long are internships?

A commitment of 20 hours per week for at least 15 weeks is required for school credit. Maximum length is based on the intern’s performance and the number of applications we receive.

What qualifications are necessary?

Qualified candidates must be enrolled in or have completed a bachelor’s or graduate degree program at the time applications are submitted.

Does MFA offer school credit?

Yes. Your school should provide you with its specific requirements.

Are interns paid?

Interns are unpaid but receive school credit and gain invaluable experience.

Will training opportunities be offered?

Yes. Training will be provided by MFA and prior experience is not required.

How many hours a week will I work as an intern?

Full-time interns are scheduled for 40 hours each week. Part-time interns are scheduled for 12 to 20 hours each week. But we try to reasonably accommodate varying schedules for the right candidates.

Do I have to be vegan?

We prefer that the communications intern be vegan.

Will an internship help me get a job in animal rights?

An internship at MFA is a great way to learn about what it would be like to have a career within the animal rights movement and gain experience in and exposure to emerging fields. While we can’t promise anything, you will make connections that could help you land a career in animal protection in the future.

Veg 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.

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.

People Operations 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.

Social Media Internships

Social Media Internship

We are currently accepting applications for our social media internship.

Are you enrolled in a communications, journalism, or marketing program? Are you passionate about animal rights and social media? Are you vegan? If so, we encourage you to apply to join the Mercy For Animals team as a social media intern!

MFA is seeking a social media intern to help expand the organization's presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. As part of our growing social media team, the social media intern will support community management and content production efforts for MFA's U.S./Canadian social platforms while working with our content managers to brainstorm innovative ways to reach new supporters.

With the guidance and mentorship of MFA’s content manager, you will:

  • Assist with community management of MFA's social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube
  • Help brainstorm and execute new content and campaign ideas for our various brands and platforms
  • Draft blogs as needed for ChooseVeg or MFA blog
  • Assist with gathering and reviewing analytics related to social media and blogs to ensure goals are met

The MFA social media 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

Part time and full time internships are available year-round. You must be at least 18 years old to apply. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply one month or more before you'd like to start.

FAQ

How long are internships?

A commitment of 20 hours per week for at least 15 weeks is required for school credit. Maximum length is based on the intern’s performance and the number of applications we receive.

What qualifications are necessary?

Qualified candidates must be currently enrolled in or have completed a bachelor’s or graduate degree program at the time applications are submitted.

Does MFA offer school credit?

Yes. Your school should provide you with its specific requirements.

Are interns paid?

Interns are unpaid, but receive school credit and gain invaluable experience.

Will training opportunities be offered?

Yes. Training will be provided by MFA and prior experience is not required.

How many hours a week will I work as an intern?

Full time interns are scheduled for 40 hours each week. Part time interns are scheduled for 12 to 20 hours each week. But we try to reasonably accommodate varying schedules for the right candidates.

Do I have to be vegan?

We would prefer that the social media intern be vegan.

Will an internship help me get a job in animal rights?

An internship at MFA is a great way to learn about what it would be like to have a career within the animal rights movement and gain experience in and exposure to emerging fields. While we can’t promise anything, you will make connections that could help you land a career in animal protection in the future.

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