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October 20, 2015

Media Relations Interns

The Media Relations department, which serves as a resource for journalists, disseminating news on a broad range of animal issues and arranging media interviews with subject experts at The HSUS, is seeking interns (click to view expanded position description) who desire real-world experience in media relations.

Interns will gain experience writing press releases and preparing other written documents for the media, using Vocus software to target reporters for pitches, making calls to reporters to garner interest in HSUS stories and working on long-term media campaigns with members of our diverse Media Relations team. Each intern will be invited to join daily strategic Media Relations meetings and will be brought in to help with larger, more complex projects that will foster teamwork and encourage creative thinking.

Ideal candidates have a desire to learn about media relations, possess strong communication skills, and work well independently. Previous experience in a non-profit organization, animal protection/advocacy organization, or animal shelter is a plus. Spanish proficiency is also a plus. Minimum time commitment is 15 hours per week for approximately 12 weeks.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Spring session deadline: November 15
  • Summer session deadline: April 1
  • Fall session deadline: August 1

This internship is unpaid; however, course credit can be arranged. Interns must pass a criminal background check and sign a waiver and release of liability. The position is located in our Gaithersburg, Md. office or Washington, D.C. office (as needed).

Fill out an application now »
Note: You'll be asked to submit a cover letter, résumé and writing sample with the application.

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