June 16, 2014
Farm Animal Protection Corporate Outreach Intern
Our Campaigns department has an opportunity for corporate outreach interns (click to view expanded position description). Campaigns educates the public about animal issues, advocates for strong legislation and public policies to protect them, partners with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies, investigates cases of animal cruelty, and provides animal rescue and emergency response.
Interns in this role learn about our Farm Animal Protection Campaign and gain experience and knowledge through the study of farm animal-related issues and advocacy with a particular emphasis on corporate outreach. The interns will also have the opportunity to attend monthly Campaigns department meetings, morning briefings, educational presentations, grassroots meetings, and other Farm Animal Protection Campaign meetings as scheduled.
Interns will be able to gain a deeper understanding of farm animal protection advocacy and how it intersects with the issues of sustainable farming practices, animal welfare, factory farming, humane eating, corporate outreach, the broader animal agricultural industry, and animal protection legislation.
Responsibilities and projects include, but are not limited to:
- Assist with finding suitable venues to facilitate our Meatless Monday Food Forward events
- Assist with outreach, including contacting schools about Meatless Monday and Food Forward events
- Make phone calls to HSUS members in support of legislation and corporate policies
- Read relevant articles, scientific white papers, and Peter Singer’s Ethics into Action to gain knowledge of issues affecting farm animals across the country such as battery cages, tail docking, veal crates and gestation crates
Strong intern applicants meet the following requirements:
- Must have excellent reading, writing, and research skills
- Must have the capacity to cope with emotional situations of animal abuse
- Must have interpersonal skills and be professional
- Attention to detail
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, and Excel), strong familiarity with the Internet and online research tools
- Basic knowledge of farm animal protection issues by reading Introduction to Farm Animal Protection Campaign [PDF] and www.FarmAnimalWelfare.org for necessary background information
The internship time commitment is approximately 30 hours per week for 10 to 12 weeks; a reduced schedule would be considered. This internship offers a commuting stipend corresponding to number of days worked (maximum $50/week is available) and is paid upon completion of the internship.
Interns must pass a criminal background check and sign a waiver and release of liability. The internship is located in our Gaithersburg, Md., office.