Job Openings & Internships at AWI

Organization Summary

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1951 whose mission is to alleviate the suffering caused to animals by people. With headquarters in the Eastern Market district of Washington, DC, AWI employs approximately 27 staff and consultants, with most located at its headquarters and others operating from locations around the country. AWI is program oriented—more than 90 percent of our budget goes to support our programs to protect terrestrial and marine wildlife, farm animals, animals in research, and companion animals via strategically crafted campaigns, political advocacy, educational programs, and engagement with industry, policymakers, scientists, and other NGOs.

Position Summary

As a member of the Government Affairs department, the Policy Adviser works with AWI’s program staff to set legislative priorities and to lobby to advance AWI’s interests. This position reports to the Director of Government Affairs.

Responsibilities

  • Vigorously advocate on behalf of AWI’s animal welfare priorities before Congress, administrative agencies, and state governments as appropriate
  • Develop contacts and avenues of communication with staff and officials in the legislative and executive branches, and with outside organizations as needed to advance AWI’s priorities
  • Represent AWI at meetings, hearings, briefings, and other events
  • Prepare fact sheets, testimony, letters, actions alerts (“eAlerts”), and other materials for communicating with policymakers and activists
  • Draft, revise, and update website content on select state and federal legislation and regulatory actions affecting animals
  • Conduct in-depth research on key issues concerning AWI’s legislative agenda
  • Track and report time spent lobbying to conform with federal and local lobbying laws
  • Contribute towards strategies for achieving successful outcomes across the organization through legislation, agency regulations, and litigation

Education

  • 4-year college degree required

Skills and Experience

  • At least two years’ advocacy and/or government experience; additional experience a plus
  • Strong written and verbal communication and public speaking skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Project management experience preferred
  • An understanding of and passion for animal protection issues
  • Familiarity with federal and state policy-making processes
  • Familiarity with federal and state laws/regulations that govern the treatment of animals
  • Ability to work well independently and within a team
  • Strong organizational skills: ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously
  • Willingness to travel on occasion
  • Willingness and ability to work long hours with little or no notice

Job Location

Washington, D.C. Remote working will not be considered for this position.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience and abilities. Benefits include employer-paid medical, prescription, and dental insurance, employee-paid vision insurance, 401(k) with employer match, paid leave, on-site parking, and IRS commuter benefit program.

To apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample (two pages maximum) to jobs@awionline.org, “Attn: Policy Advisor.” The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please.

Download a pdf of the posting here.

Organization Summary

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1951 whose mission is to alleviate the suffering caused to animals by people. With headquarters in the Eastern Market district of Washington, DC, AWI employs approximately 27 staff and consultants, with most located at its headquarters and others operating from locations around the country. AWI is program oriented—more than 90 percent of our budget goes to support our programs to protect terrestrial and marine wildlife, farm animals, animals in research, and companion animals via strategically crafted campaigns, political advocacy, educational programs, and engagement with industry, policymakers, scientists, and other NGOs.

Position Summary

AWI is currently seeking a part-time contract website developer to help with front-end web development, user experience optimization and other website-related tasks, as needed.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Take designer’s creative vision and communicate into action items for external team of developers
  • Maintain the appearance of website by adhering to style standards on fonts, colors and images
  • Develop simple web sites for special campaigns
  • Identify, troubleshoot, and solve user experience problems
  • Analyze user feedback and activity to enhance the user experience
  • Keep up to date with user experience trends; brainstorm creative ways to make AWI’s website as user-friendly as possible

Education

  • 4-year college degree or equivalent work experience

Skills and Experience

  • Experience with CMS, specifically Drupal 8
  • Knowledge of HTML/CSS requirements
  • Proficient understanding of cross-browser compatibility issues
  • Project management experience preferred
  • Familiarity with SEO best practices a plus
  • Familiarity with animal welfare a plus

Job Location

Washington, D.C. or remote

Salary and Benefits

Hourly rate is commensurate with experience and abilities. This is a contract position and does not come with benefits, however, candidates seeking full-time employment in our Washington, DC headquarters are also encouraged to apply – please specify.

To apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and link to website sample to jobs@awionline.org, “Attn: Web Developer.” The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please.

Download a pdf of the posting here.

 


 

Internships

Communications Intern

AWI seeks a Communications intern every fall, spring, and summer. This is a great opportunity for undergraduate or graduate students majoring in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or Public Relations looking to gain communications experience in a non-profit setting. Interns focus on content creation, media monitoring, media database management, and social media strategy development, and report to both Social Media & Communications Coordinator Sydney Hearst and Public Relations Manager Margie Fishman.

The ideal candidate is a strong writer and communicator who is organized and has the ability to multitask. Although not required, search engine optimization skills and/or an interest in digital communications across multiple platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), as well as iPhone video skills, are 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 Sydney Hearst at sydney@awionline.org. When applying, please specify the term you are seeking to intern for (i.e., Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring).

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 nancy@awionline.org. 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, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample to Erin Thompson at erin@awionline.org. AWI is currently seeking interns for Fall 2019 and Spring or Summer 2020.

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 Johanna Hamburger at johanna@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. The application period for Summer 2019 is now closed.

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.

Interns, part-time or full-time, needed to assist with developing and maintaining Animals and Family Violence Program databases, such as the Safe Havens for Pets of Domestic Violence Victims national database. Animals and family violence interns may also conduct computer research related to training efforts and legislative and policy initiatives, e.g., on pet protection orders, cross-reporting between animal and human services agencies, and related matters.

Internships are not paid; interns do not have to work from the AWI office; hours are negotiable, as is length of service. For further information, please contact Mary Lou Randour at marylou@awionline.org.

Part-time or full-time intern(s) needed to assist with updating our popular on-line database of restaurants across the US 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.

 

Last Updated: July 2019