Job Openings/Internships at AWI

JOB OPENINGS

Public Relations Coordinator

Description:

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), a national non-profit animal protection organization, seeks applicants for a full-time position as a public relations coordinator in its Washington, D.C., office. This individual will be responsible for creating, managing, and implementing PR campaigns with the goal of enhancing the organization's visibility and standing with the public in order to advance its animal advocacy efforts. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, interested in animal welfare, and driven to expand AWI’s public presence in a variety of ways.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and implement public relations campaigns designed to create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization.
  • Develop specific media relations strategies, seeking high-quality coverage in print, broadcast and online media.
  • Monitor AWI and general animal advocacy media coverage and trends.
  • Utilize existing media relationships and cultivate new contacts; maintain a database of contacts and media outlets for each major organizational campaign.
  • Pitch story and op-ed ideas to reporters and editorial staffs; work with AWI editor and program staff on submissions of letters-to-the-editor.
  • Assist with planning and implementation of press briefings and conferences, or other public presentations, as directed.
  • Manage media inquiries and interview requests; serve as organizational spokesperson, as directed.
  • Coach AWI program staff in how to conduct effective media interviews and deliver compelling public presentations.
  • Work with AWI editor and program staff to create and edit content for press releases.
  • Work with AWI website and communications coordinator to post and distribute press releases.
     

Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years public relations-related experience required.
  • In depth knowledge of media monitoring tools and news delivery services.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain a large number of contacts within the print, broadcast, and web-based media.
  • Existing relationships with national and international media outlets and individual reporters desirable.
  • Experience in acting as an organizational spokesperson; comfortable and skilled in both broadcast and print media interviews.
  • Self-motivated to complete tasks with little supervision, but can also work well with the entire AWI staff in its Washington, D.C., office, as well as in satellite offices across the United States.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, including a strong understanding of the importance of deadlines, and prioritization of projects and tasks.
  • Strong interest in animal welfare. Knowledge of animal welfare issues a plus but not required.
     

Health insurance and retirement plan provided; salary commensurate with experience. Please submit a resume, writing sample, salary expectation, and cover letter (all required) to jobs@awionline.org. Note “PR Coordinator” in the subject line. Due to the volume of applications, only those applicants moving to the interview phase of the process will be notified. Position open until filled.

 

Last Updated: March 2014
 


 

INTERNSHIPS

LEGISLATIVE INTERNS

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 Chris Heyde at chris@awionline.org. These positions are located in our Capitol Hill office and are unpaid.

FARM ANIMAL INTERNS

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. We also administer our own animal care certification program, Animal Welfare Approved, through which we work with scientists and farmers to set the highest farm animal care standards in the country.

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 dena@awionline.org.

WILDLIFE LAW & POLICY INTERNS

AWI offers 2-4 on-site internships every fall, spring, and summer for persons enthusiastic about our work to protect wildlife, both terrestrial and aquatic. We also accept up to 5 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 tara@awionline.org. 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.

SAFE HAVEN PROGRAM INTERNS

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 marylou@awionline.org.

SHARK FIN CAMPAIGN INTERN

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 (http://awionline.org/content/restaurants-currently-offering-shark-fin-soup). 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 susan@awionline.org for more information, and to apply with resume and cover letter.

MARINE MAMMAL CAMPAIGN INTERN

Part-time or full-time intern(s) needed to assist with AWI's marine mammal programs. The work will entail online and telephonic research, data interpretation and analysis. Training will be given for all aspects of the work. This internship is ideal for environmental sciences or even biology/science students who have an interest in animal welfare, but students pursuing Masters programs in scientific and/or public policy fields are also encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational skills and be detail-oriented. Fluency in English is essential and an ability to speak, read and write Japanese is preferred. Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs such as Outlook and Excel is required. Remote interns invited to apply. Please contact susan@awionline.org for more information, and to apply with resume and cover letter.

 

Last Updated: March 2014