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 farmed animals.
Farmed animal interns have the opportunity to learn more about advocacy efforts to protect farmed 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.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, unofficial transcript, and writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to Zack Strong at [email protected]. Please specify the semester for which you are seeking to intern (i.e., summer, fall, or spring). Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis for spring 2024. Applications for the fall 2023 are no longer being accepted. Interns may choose to work remotely or in-person at AWI’s Washington, DC, office. Students accepted for internships are encouraged to apply for AWI’s Paid Internship Program.