Legislative Interns

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) seeks two legislative interns every fall, spring, and summer. This is a great opportunity for law and veterinary students, political science majors, or anyone with a passion for making a difference in the lives of animals. Interns will assist our government affairs staff in maintaining updated Hill contact lists, attending meetings with congressional offices, and assisting staff with 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 note that there is no attorney supervision for this position; therefore, it would not qualify for course credit in situations where attorney supervision is a requirement. Interns may choose to be remote or in-person at AWI’s Washington, DC, office.

Please submit a résumé and cover letter stating why you wish to become an advocate for animals to Nancy Blaney at [email protected]. The windows during which applications will be considered are as follows:

Intern Session

Application Window

Spring (January–May) September 1–October 15
Summer (June–August) February 1–March 15
Fall (September–December) May 1–June 15


Applications submitted prior to the opening of these windows will not be considered until the window closes.  Applicants will be contacted if additional information is needed or to schedule an interview. Those accepted for internships will be encouraged to apply for AWI’s Paid Internship Program (you may only apply for this stipend after being accepted for an internship).

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AWI is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to employment practices that provide equal opportunities for all persons without regard to age, gender, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. We are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization, and encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the animal welfare movement.