Legal Department Internships

What kind of work will I be doing as an intern?

As an intern, you'll work directly with our attorneys in the legal advocacy department, 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.

What is the deadline for submitting applications?

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

How long are internships?

Internships require a minimum one-month commitment. Maximum length is based on the interns’ performance and number of other applications we receive.

What qualifications are necessary?

Qualified candidates must be currently enrolled in or have completed law school at the time applications are submitted. Applicants from non-U.S. jurisdictions are welcome to apply.

Does MFA offer school credit?

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

Are legal interns paid?

Full-time interns receive nominal weekly stipends.

Will training opportunities be offered?

Yes. Training will be provided by Mercy For Animals 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 20 hours each week. However, we try to reasonably accommodate varying schedules for the right candidates.

What about housing?

MFA housing is limited to our Los Angeles office and reserved for full-time legal and outreach interns who do not live locally. If MFA housing is not available, we may be able to assist you in finding housing. Applicants must be 18 years of age to be eligible for housing.

Is there a dress code?

At MFA we strive to present a professional image. Interns should dress neatly while representing MFA’s legal advocacy department.

Do I have to be vegan?

You do not have to be vegan to intern with MFA, although we ask that you do not use or consume animal products in the MFA office, at MFA events, or in MFA housing.

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

A legal 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 of law. While we can’t promise anything, you will make connections that could help you land a career in animal protection in the future.

For other questions on applying, please contact MFA's general counsel, Vandhana Bala, by email at VandhanaB@MercyForAnimals.org or by phone at 312-909-6051.