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Come work side by side with our amazing team to change the world for farmed animals. Leave with the experience and connections you need for a career in animal protection.
Legal Department Internships
As a Mercy For Animals legal intern, you can help shape the future of animal law. Our legal interns gain invaluable experience while assisting MFA’s campaigns and our high-impact work advocating for animals in courts, state houses, and administrative agencies. Our interns are a vital part of our team and are closely involved with important projects.
You'll work directly with our international team of attorneys to research and analyze federal, state, and local laws; draft memoranda; review undercover footage; administer campaigns; and assist with administrative and corporate governance tasks pertaining to general nonprofit administration and legal compliance. You’ll leave with hands-on experience in a wide variety of legal disciplines and insight into the field of animal protection.
MFA is an international organization. Interns with Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Canadian French, or Hindi language skills are encouraged to apply and will be assigned projects employing those skills.
During the summer, limited full-time internships are available in our West Hollywood office. Free housing is available and a nominal weekly stipend is provided. During the school year, part-time internships are available in West Hollywood and from remote locations. Interns are expected to work 20 hours per week during the school year. The internships are unpaid, but academic credit may be available.
Application deadlines for legal department internships are July 1 for fall positions, November 1 for spring positions, and January 31 for summer positions.
Application deadlines for legal department internships are July 1 for fall positions, November 1 for spring positions, and February 1 for summer positions.
If you’ve got what it takes to intern with our legal team,
If you have questions, please refer to our legal internship FAQ.
Interns and volunteer outreach assistants are the backbone of MFA’s grassroots advocacy work. We want you on our team!
As an intern, you’ll work directly under our volunteer coordinator, Eve Wetlaufer, to distribute pro-vegan leaflets, host video screenings, draft blog posts, conduct research, staff outreach tables, and build supporter relationships through social media. You’ll leave with hands-on experience in vegan advocacy, grassroots outreach, and nonprofit administration, and connections that could help you land a career in animal protection.
Limited full-time and part-time positions are available year-round in our West Hollywood location. Free housing is available for full-time interns (not volunteer outreach assistants) in West Hollywood. A commitment of at least four weeks is required. Please apply three months or more before you’d like to start.
Training will be provided by MFA and prior experience is not required. You’ll be expected to dress neatly and to refrain from consuming animal products in the MFA office and intern house. Interns receive school credit, while volunteer outreach assistants do not, but otherwise these positions are identical.
If you’ve got what it takes to intern with our education department,
If you have questions, please refer to our outreach internship FAQ.
Veg Support Internships
Vegetarian Support Internships
We are currently accepting applications for 2019 internships. Please apply only if your requested start date is after January 1, 2019.
Do you want to use your personal experience going veg to mentor others doing the same? Have an interest in nutrition and healthy living? Inspired to help animals? Apply to join the Mercy For Animals team as a vegetarian support intern or volunteer support assistant!
As a vegetarian support intern or volunteer support assistant, you will work directly under our vegetarian support specialist to connect with individuals who have recently transitioned to a vegetarian diet, or are thinking about doing so, and need some extra help. Using email, live chat, and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, you will coach people through their personal challenges, answer questions, and provide valuable resources to assist as they cut back on or cut out animal products.
You’ll leave with hands-on experience in online vegan advocacy and social media, as well as connections with a diverse group of animal protection advocates.
Limited full-time and part-time remote positions are available year-round. You must be at least 18 years old to apply, and we require a commitment of at least two months. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply a month or more before you'd like to start.
Training will be provided by MFA and prior experience is not required. While interns receive school credit, volunteer assistants do not; however, these positions are otherwise identical.
People Operations Internships
Human Resources Diversity and Inclusion Internship
We are accepting applications for human resources diversity and inclusion internships starting in fall 2017. Please apply only if your requested start date is after September 1, 2017.
Are you enrolled in graduate studies in human resources management or in a diversity and inclusion program? Are you passionate about animal rights? Are you veg*n? If so, we encourage you to apply to join the Mercy For Animals team as a human resources diversity and inclusion intern!
As a human resources diversity and inclusion intern, you will work directly with our HR coordinator, recruiter, and vice president of operations to research and report on diversity issues in the animal rights movement, best practices for reaching underserved populations, and ways for MFA to better reach a more diverse audience and attract a more diverse applicant pool. Through this internship you will develop business report writing and presentation skills.
- Promote racial and ethnic diversity
- Increase representation of people with disabilities
- Increase representation of veterans
- Increase representation of people over 40
- Improve representation of members of the LGBTQ community
- Advance MFA’s status as an employer of choice
The internship program's content will be developed according to organizational needs and the intern's academic strengths and interests.
The MFA human resources diversity and inclusion internship is open to all qualified candidates without regard to race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic as determined by state or local law.
Limited part-time internships are available year-round. During the school year, part-time internships are available in West Hollywood and from remote locations. A commitment of up to 20 hours per week for up to 15 weeks may be required for school credit. During the summer, limited full-time internships are available in our West Hollywood office. In the summer, free housing and a nominal weekly stipend are provided. You must be at least 18 years old to apply. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply a month or more before you'd like to start.
Application deadlines for the human resources diversity and inclusion internships are September 1 for fall positions, December 1 for spring positions, and April 1 for summer positions.
If you have questions, please refer to our HR internship FAQ.
Social Media Internships
Social Media Internship
We are currently accepting applications for our social media internship.
Are you enrolled in a communications, journalism, or marketing program? Are you passionate about animal rights and social media? Are you vegan? If so, we encourage you to apply to join the Mercy For Animals team as a social media intern!
MFA is seeking a social media intern to help expand the organization's presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. As part of our growing social media team, the social media intern will support community management and content production efforts for MFA's U.S./Canadian social platforms while working with our content managers to brainstorm innovative ways to reach new supporters.
With the guidance and mentorship of MFA’s content manager, you will:
- Assist with community management of MFA's social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube
- Help brainstorm and execute new content and campaign ideas for our various brands and platforms
- Draft blogs as needed for ChooseVeg or MFA blog
- Assist with gathering and reviewing analytics related to social media and blogs to ensure goals are met
The MFA social media internship is open to all qualified candidates without regard to race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic as determined by state or local law.
Part time and full time internships are available year-round. You must be at least 18 years old to apply. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply one month or more before you'd like to start.
How long are internships?
A commitment of 20 hours per week for at least 15 weeks is required for school credit. Maximum length is based on the intern’s performance and the number of applications we receive.
What qualifications are necessary?
Qualified candidates must be currently enrolled in or have completed a bachelor’s or graduate degree program at the time applications are submitted.
Does MFA offer school credit?
Yes. Your school should provide you with its specific requirements.
Are interns paid?
Interns are unpaid, but receive school credit and gain invaluable experience.
Will training opportunities be offered?
Yes. Training will be provided by MFA and prior experience is not required.
How many hours a week will I work as an intern?
Full time interns are scheduled for 40 hours each week. Part time interns are scheduled for 12 to 20 hours each week. But we try to reasonably accommodate varying schedules for the right candidates.
Do I have to be vegan?
We would prefer that the social media intern be vegan.
Will an internship help me get a job in animal rights?
An internship at MFA is a great way to learn about what it would be like to have a career within the animal rights movement and gain experience in and exposure to emerging fields. While we can’t promise anything, you will make connections that could help you land a career in animal protection in the future.
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