January 27, 2014
Farm Animal Protection Campaign: The Helene and Herman Lefco Memorial 2014 Corporate Outreach Intern
Our Campaigns department is seeking 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.
Corporate Outreach interns will 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:
- Perform research on farm animal studies as well as food industry trends and corporations; gather, analyze, and organize findings
- Assist with outreach, including contacting schools about Meatless Monday and using social marketing tools such as Facebook
- Make phone calls to HSUS members in support of legislation and corporate policies
- Assist in drafting of letters to the editor and opinion-editorial pieces
- Read relevant articles, scientific white papers, and Peter Singer's "Ethics into Actions" to gain knowledge of issues affecting farm animals across the country such as battery cages, tail docking, veal crates and gestation crates
- May assist with occasional tabling and outreach events as needed
Strong intern applicants meet the following requirements:
- Must have excellent reading, writing, and research skills
- Ability to effectively communicate verbally
- Attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy
- Proficient in online research tools, Microsoft Office suite, and general knowledge of social media
- Able to work well independently and use good judgment
- 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; it is paid upon successful completion of the internship. Additionally, course credit can be arranged.
Interns must pass a criminal background check and sign a waiver and release of liability. The internship is located in our Gaithersburg, Md., office.