March 10, 2014
Interns, Puppy Mills Campaign—Campaigns
The Campaigns department helps animals by educating the public about animal issues, advocating for better laws to protect them, partnering with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies, investigating cases of animal cruelty, and providing animal rescue and emergency response. The Campaigns department is seeking interns for the Puppy Mills Campaign. If you are interested, view the expanded position description [PDF].
Interns will be able to gain a deeper understanding of the puppy mill industry and how it intersects with the issues of animal health, animal shelters, responsible breeding practices, pet overpopulation, the broader pet industry, and animal protection legislation. Interns will gain valuable experience and knowledge through research and outreach relating to puppy mill issues. They will learn how research is gathered and analyzed to track trends and changes in the pet industry and to help us target our public policy efforts. Interns will strengthen networking, organizational and time management skills while gaining real-world experience utilizing their skillset to make a difference in the lives of dogs in puppy mills.
Responsibilities and projects include:
- Conduct online research, such as study online breeder ads and news stories about puppy mill busts, and analyze public kennel inspection reports
- Work on various databases and assist with document organization; update and prepare Excel spreadsheets
- Make phone calls and send emails to request constituent or advocate support for new public policies or to update the campaign’s advocacy lists
- Assist in updating HSUS data on Puppy Friendly Pet Stores (stores that do not sell puppies), and/or help with mailing materials to the stores and updating the program's contact lists
Please apply to join us as an intern if you meet the following requirements:
- Strong communication, research, and writing skills
- Pay attention to detail, commitment to accuracy, and an eagerness to learn about puppy mills and related issues
- Proficiency in online research tools, Microsoft Office suite, and general knowledge of social media
- Basic knowledge of puppy mill issues by reading www.humanesociety.org/puppymills and www.humanesociety.org/puppy for needed background information
The internship time commitment is typically 30 hours per week for 10–12 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.
Note: You'll submit your cover letter and résumé as part of the application.