Wildlife Law and Policy Interns

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) offers internships every fall, spring, and summer to qualified law students who are interested in and have experience with protecting wildlife. Interns assist program staff with a variety of wildlife law and policy issues, such as conducting legal research, drafting legal memorandums, commenting on federal and state rulemaking proposals, and assisting with litigation matters. Projects may cover a range of issues, such as threatened and endangered species, international wildlife trade, hunting and trapping regulations, and wild horses and burros.

Interested applicants should send their cover letter, résumé, and a writing sample that has not been edited by anyone other than yourself to Johanna Hamburger at [email protected]. Please specify the following in your application: (1) the semester during which you wish to intern and (2) whether you are a 1L, 2L, or 3L. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis for summer 2024.

Preference will go to students who 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, or related coursework. For our summer positions, 2Ls are strongly preferred. However, 1Ls with exceptional prior work experience will be considered. Although most projects are best suited for law school students, students enrolled in master’s programs in scientific and/or public policy fields are also encouraged to apply. All internships will be remote until further notice. Students accepted for summer, fall, and spring internships are encouraged to apply for AWI’s Paid Internship Program.

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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.