Internship Program Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question that’s not covered here, shoot us an email at IWantToIntern@PETA.org
How do I apply?
For the general internship, deadlines are a thing of the past! To be considered for our general internship program, head over to the position listing and be ready to submit the following:
- A cover letter
- A résumé (No work experience? No worries! Tell us about the animal rights club that you started, your volunteer work with an open-admission animal shelter, or even that summer you spent in Madrid.)
- Three letters of recommendation (These should be from teachers, managers, etc.—accolades from your mom won’t cut it!)
- A video, a PowerPoint presentation, or something else that shows off you and your personality (This is your chance to wow us.)
For our friends traveling internationally, our organization does not participate in J-1 sponsorship or other exchange visitor programs.
How long am I expected to intern?
We can’t reasonably expect you to stick around for the rest of your life, but we are looking for a minimum of four to six weeks. We want to make sure that you get a great learning experience, and anything shorter than four weeks wouldn’t be beneficial for you.
How much will I get paid?
Our general internship positions are unpaid, but we do have advanced internship positions that offer hourly pay, and we have traveling intern positions that offer weekly stipends.
Can I get college credit for participating in an internship?
Yes, it’s possible to get college credit for participating in an internship with PETA. Requirements for receiving internship credit vary by school, so it’s recommended that you check with the career services office at your school.
What are the requirements for being considered for an internship position?
We want folks who are ready to learn more about animal rights issues, are eager to experience firsthand what it’s like to be an activist, and want to see how a nonprofit organization works. Whether you’re new to animal rights activism or a seasoned veteran, we want to work with you!
Here are some basics that we look for:
Can I apply if I live outside the U.S.?
Of course! Both PETA and the PETA Foundation accept interns from around the world. However, our organization does not participate in J-1 sponsorship or other exchange visitor programs. If you have been accepted, you will receive a letter confirming your internship.
Are there deadlines for submitting applications?
Nope, no deadlines! We do recommend that you submit your application as early as possible, especially for the summer, since the program is very competitive.
Am I required to be vegan?
Out of respect for animals and the work that PETA and the PETA Foundation do, all interns are required to be vegan while on PETA and PETA Foundation property. This includes diet (no meat, dairy products, eggs, honey, or other animal products), personal-care items (no products that are tested on animals or contain animal ingredients), and clothing (no leather, silk, down, wool, or other animal-derived items).
Once accepted, do interns have to find their own way to the office?
Yes. Once interns have been accepted, they will be responsible for any travel expenses related to their arrival and departure from the office at which they’re interning.
If I have a car, is there somewhere for me to park it when I’m at the office?
The only office that currently has parking is our headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, but we encourage people to use street parking near the office.
What about the other offices?
Well, they’re in big cities, and I think we all know what parking in big cities is like. Each of the offices is surrounded by areas where there is street parking, but parking can be hectic at times.
What kind of work will I be doing as an intern?
Assignments are generally based on the needs of the organizations as well as interns’ skills and interests, and they vary by department. Opportunities include participating in grassroots activities, including demonstrations, community outreach, and tabling events; conducting online research; assisting with viral promotional postings; and getting the animal rights message out locally, nationally, and internationally through various efforts. Interns also do clerical work, prepare mailings, make phone calls, and work on other projects as needed in each department.
What educational and training opportunities will be available?
The internship program is a giant learning experience. Accepted interns will start by getting to know the office at which they’ll be interning, learning about each of the departments, getting to know staff, and becoming familiar with various computer programs. Throughout the internship, there will be a number of trainings scheduled that will help with effective advocacy, what not to do at protests (and other outreach events), and much more!
What does a typical day look like for interns?
It changes all the time! What I can tell you is that we won’t be asking you to grab us all coffee.
Since we make sure that all our interns get the best learning experience possible, we focus on making each intern’s experience truly unique. Interns spend a great deal of time chiming in at meetings, participating in trainings, lending a hand with outreach, learning from various departments by checking out projects, and so much more! Things can get a bit hectic, so show up ready to learn!
How many hours am I expected to intern each week?
For the most part, we’re pretty flexible. We want to make sure that you get a great learning experience, so let us know what works best for you, and we’ll see whether that’ll work. Typically, interns work around 30 to 40 hours each week, but participation in various efforts outside normal business hours may be requested.
Will I be able to travel?
One of the many highlights of PETA’s and the PETA Foundation’s internship programs is the opportunity to travel with campaigners. It is very likely that interns will be able to go on tour with campaigners, depending on the events that are planned during an intern’s stay.
Does PETA provide lunches?
PETA and the PETA Foundation provide interns with a free lunch Monday through Friday. Interns are responsible for buying and preparing their own food outside business hours.
What’s the dress code for the office?
Because of PETA’s high visibility, we strive to present a professional image. Interns should dress neatly and not wear clothes that draw attention to the “messenger” rather than the message. Office attire is business casual. This will be discussed in more depth with those who are accepted into the internship program, but do know that the wearing of any animal products (e.g., fur, leather, wool, silk, and down) is prohibited.
I really want to get a job at PETA, so does interning help me out with that?
Quite a few staff members were once interns, so interning is a great way to get your foot in the door. We cannot guarantee that you will be offered a position if you intern, but you will get the opportunity to network with staff members and prove to us that you’re a great fit for a position.
Is housing provided?
We do offer housing for interns, but please e-mail IWantToIntern@PETA.org for more information.
Can I intern part-time?
Yes, although preference is given to those who can intern full-time. We do our best to work around all schedules, so please be sure to mention any scheduling conflicts in your application.
What should I expect as an intern?
Expect to work hard, learn a lot of new information, hit the streets to speak up for animals, eat delicious vegan grub, and have a lot of fun.
Where are PETA’s offices located?
Norfolk, Virginia: PETA’s headquarters is home to the Human Resources Department, Community Animal Project, Operations Department, International Grassroots and Campaigns Department, Special Projects Division, Literature Department, Merchandise Department, and much more!
Washington, D.C.: You’ll find part of PETA’s Communications Department, Legal Department, Special Projects Division, and International Grassroots and Campaigns Department at this office.
Oakland, California: This office is our hub for development and fundraising, but it is also home to members of the International Grassroots and Campaigns Department.
Los Angeles, California: The Bob Barker Building is home to peta2—PETA’s youth division—as well as members of the Communications Department, Marketing Department, Special Projects Division, Corporate Affairs Department, Audio/Visual Department, International Grassroots and Campaigns Department, and more!