Legal Department Internships

What kind of work will I do as an intern?

Legal interns work closely with our legal team on a variety of legal issues relating to global farmed animal protection, advocacy, nonprofit administration, and legal compliance. Interns will gain exposure to many areas of law and will develop and explore legal advocacy strategies in support of farmed animal protection, assist in the legal aspects of Mercy For Animals undercover investigations, and acquire an understanding of some of the administrative and corporate governance tasks pertaining to general nonprofit administration. Speakers of Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Canadian French, or Hindi are encouraged to apply and will be assigned work that employs these proficiencies whenever possible.

What is the deadline for submitting applications?

Application deadlines are July 1 for fall semester, November 1 for spring semester, and January 31 for summer semester.

How long are internships?

Internships require a minimum commitment of six weeks. Maximum length is based on the interns’ performance and the number of other applications we receive.

What qualifications are necessary?

Qualified candidates must be enrolled in or have completed law school at the time applications are submitted. Applicants from non-U.S. jurisdictions are welcome to apply. Be advised, however, that applicants from outside the United States may be required to secure a visa or other authorization to volunteer and reside in the country for the duration of the internship. Applicants who have been offered an internship are responsible for securing their visas, including any associated costs.

Does Mercy For Animals offer school credit?

Please check with your school about specific requirements for obtaining school credit for your Mercy For Animals internship.

Are legal interns paid?

We cannot offer paid internships at this time.

Will training opportunities be offered?

Yes. Training will be provided by our attorneys, 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 20.

Where is this position located?

All internships are completed remotely.

Will an internship help me get a job in animal protection?

A legal internship at Mercy For Animals is a great way to gain experience in and exposure to emerging fields of law and learn about what it would be like to have a career in the animal protection movement. While we can’t promise anything, you will receive mentorship from our lawyers and make connections that could help you land a future career in animal protection.