Job Openings & Internships at AWI


Staff Attorney, Farm Animal Program

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is a national animal welfare organization that has been alleviating the suffering inflicted on animals by people since 1951. AWI is currently seeking a Staff Attorney to join the group’s farm animal program team at its Washington, DC headquarters. This position helps develop policy and legal strategy for specific farm animal protection issues and advocates for farm animal protection before the US Congress, state legislatures, and administrative agencies, particularly federal and state departments of agriculture. The Staff Attorney works within the AWI farm animal team to meet the organization’s objectives of eliminating factory farms, supporting higher-welfare farms, and achieving humane transport and slaughter for all farmed animals. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Propose means of protecting farm animals through policy-making processes (legislation, agency regulation, litigation)
  • Draft complaints, federal agency petitions and comments, state and federal legislation, public records requests and other policy-related documents
  • Develop contacts and avenues of communication among agriculture industry officials, government officials and other NGOs
  • Draft, revise, and/or update reports and other publications
  • Draft, revise, and/or update website content
  • Coordinate activities with AWI General Counsel and outside counsel representing or consulting with AWI
  • Participate in farm animal program planning and priority setting
  • Represent AWI at hearings, meetings and events
  • Represent AWI in interviews with the media, as requested

Qualifications desired:

  • Law degree with two years of relevant experience
  • Litigation experience preferred
  • An understanding of and passion for farm animal welfare issues
  • Knowledge of federal and state policy-making process
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws/regulations that govern the treatment of farm animals
  • Strong written and verbal communication and public speaking skills
  • Ability to both work well both independently and within a team
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously

To apply:
Please send resume, cover letter including an explanation of your interests in farm animal protection, and two brief writing samples to

Application period:
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.




AWI seeks two legislative interns every fall, spring, and summer. This is a great opportunity for law students, political science students, or anyone with a passion for making a difference in the lives of animals. Interns will assist our government and legal affairs staff in maintaining updated Hill contact lists, delivering documents to and attend meetings with Congressional offices and assisting staff in research; as well as miscellaneous tasks of an administrative nature. No specific academic major is required; however, preferred candidates will have a strong work ethic and be willing to take on any project. Interns may work full-time or part-time and can arrange to receive course credit. Please submit a resume and cover letter, stating why you wish to become an advocate for animals to Nancy Blaney These positions are located in our Capitol Hill office and are unpaid.


The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) works to reduce animal suffering and promote the welfare of all animals, including animals in agriculture. As a part of our mission, we promote humane farming systems and work to advance legislative and regulatory efforts to improve the conditions of farm animals.

Farm animal interns have the opportunity to learn more about advocacy efforts to protect farm animals. Potential responsibilities include research and writing, tracking legislation and regulations, and drafting public policy comments. Projects will cover a range of factory farming issues; the intern will support AWI in its efforts to eliminate harmful on-farm practices, improve conditions during long-distance transport, encourage humane handling at slaughter, and educate the public regarding the meaning of welfare-related claims on food products. The ideal candidate will have a genuine interest in animal welfare and a background in law, public policy, or animal science.

The internship is located in our Capitol Hill office and is unpaid. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Dena Jones at Deadline for the farm animal summer internship is January 1st. Applications for all other terms (fall, winter and spring) are accepted throughout the year.


AWI offers  on-site internships every fall, spring, and summer for persons enthusiastic about our work to protect wildlife, both terrestrial and aquatic. We also accept several off-site/remote interns on an ongoing basis. 

Applicants must be willing to assist with a myriad of wildlife and marine mammal law and policy issues, including but not limited to drafting legal analyses, public comments, Endangered Species Act listing petitions and legal memos. Projects are diverse; most are ideal for a law school student but students pursuing Masters programs in scientific and/or public policy fields are also encouraged to apply.

To better acquaint yourself with AWI’s work before applying, please visit our wildlife program section. Interested applicants should send their cover letter and resume to Tara Zuardo at Please specify the term you are seeking to intern for (i.e. Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring) and whether you are interested in an on-site or remote internship when you apply.

Law students: preference will go to students that have taken or are currently enrolled in any of the following courses: Environmental Law/Litigation/Clinic, Administrative Law, Animal Law, International Environmental Law, Wildlife Law, Public Lands & Resources Law, and/or related coursework. Please indicate whether you are a 1, 2, or 3L when you apply.


Part time intern(s) needed to assist with updating information about “safe haven” programs, i.e., domestic violence (DV) shelters that will also take a victim's pets or help her place them safely. Individuals involved with this project call DV shelters to find out if they provide such services and if so, whether they are on site or referrals. The calling list and a script are provided and calls can be made from one’s home during weekday hours anytime between 9:00 to 5:00. Hours worked per week: negotiable. This project is an important part of an AWI effort to develop a training program and technical assistance network for prosecutors to help them better handle animal abuse/animal fighting prosecutions; this updated information will be made available to them. Interested applicants email Mary Lou Randour at


Part-time or full-time intern(s) needed to assist with updating our popular on-line database of restaurants across the U.S. that sell shark fin soup and other shark products ( We are seeking an intern to ensure the list is accurate and up to date. The work will entail online research and telephone calls to restaurants, data entry, and possibly some website maintenance work. Training will be given for all aspects of the work. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational skills and be detail-oriented. Fluency in English is essential. An ability to speak Mandarin and/or Cantonese is preferred. Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs such as Outlook and Excel is required. Please contact for more information, and to apply with resume and cover letter.


AWI is currently seeking a public relations/communications intern. This is a great opportunity for an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in communications, journalism, or public relations and looking to gain communications experience in a nonprofit setting. The internship would focus on media monitoring, media list building, media outreach, social media promotion, and communication strategy development. This intern would report to AWI’s public relations coordinator and to AWI’s website and communications coordinator.

The ideal candidate is a strong writer and communicator who is organized and has the ability to multitask. Although not required, HTML skills and/or an interest in web communications is preferable. Interns may work full-time or part-time and can arrange to receive course credit. The internship is located in our Capitol Hill office and is unpaid.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Amey Owen at and Brittany Horton at When applying, please specify the term (summer, fall, winter, spring) for which you are seeking an internship. Deadline for the summer internship is April 30th. Applications for all other terms (fall, winter and spring) are accepted throughout the year.


Last Updated: May 2017