June 16, 2014
Farm Animal Protection Campaign: The Helene and Herman Lefco Memorial 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.
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 what needs to be accomplished on a daily basis to launch successful campaigns. The intern will assist the team with various outreach efforts focusing on the Meatless Monday campaign. 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:
- Research key contacts at colleges and universities, K-12 schools, hospitals, and other institutions to assist in our meat reduction campaign efforts and assist with outreach
- Gather new and update existing contact information for council members in cities and counties determined key for Meatless Monday resolutions
- Organize and maintain contact information in spreadsheets shared among the section
- Assist with finding suitable venues to facilitate our Meatless Monday Food Forward events
- Assist in drafting of letters to the editor and opinion-editorial pieces to be submitted for publication in various media outlets
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 strong interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain professionalism in attitude and appearance on the telephone and in person with staff, companies we work with, and members of the public
- Attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, and Excel), strong familiarity with the Internet and online research tools
- 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 pays minimum wage on a bi-weekly basis.
Interns must pass a criminal background check and sign a waiver and release of liability. The internship is located in our Gaithersburg, Md., office.
Note: You'll be asked to submit a cover letter and resumé with the application.