testimony was written by Jared Misner about his experiences as a PETA intern during
the summer of 2010.
So, you want to be a PETA intern?
This is a good start. By taking the first step in finding
out what to expect from an internship at the largest animal rights organization in the world,
you're practically on
your way to saving animals every day.
I just finished a two-month internship at PETA's
headquarters in Norfolk, Va., so I'll be your go-to guide for all this to help
you learn more about "The Fabulous Life of a PETA Intern."
Trust me when I tell you that it was the best experience of
my life, and that sentiment covers all the awesome research projects that I got
to work on as well stripping down to my underwear on Pennsylvania Avenue to
help save seals.
We'll get to that last part a little later.
Interning at PETA will give you the chance to bring your own
ideas to meetings and brainstorming sessions and watch them develop into actual
PETA campaigns and initiatives. For example, I suggested that a Delaware ice
cream parlor that serves booger-flavored ice cream should also offer
not-so-appealing flavors of soy ice cream. That's the beauty of working for a nonprofit
organization! Your ideas are valued just as much as anyone else's.
Not only will you get to pitch your ideas at meetings, you'll
also get to work on awesome and critically important research projects. Some of
the projects that I worked on during my two months included making calls to actual
fur farms and monitoring the event schedules of certain national fast-food
restaurants to make sure that our events coincided with theirs. Your work as an
intern is vital to PETA's success, and the research that I did helped save many
But one of the best things about interning at PETA is that
you can make your internship what you want it to be. I'm in the journalism
school at my university, so PETA tailored my internship to focus on my field of
study. I spent time working in the Communications and Marketing departments,
and I continue to write a vegan living Web log and serve as an administrator for
PETA's Facebook page.
And should we even talk about the amazing food at PETA?
Where else do you not have to worry about checking labels or
asking about ingredients? It was such a relief just to know that the cupcakes and pasta served at the semi-frequent office
potlucks were vegan.
You'll also have the opportunity to create your own "vegan
bubble" during your internship, making some of the best friends you could ever
ask for. Yes, it's super cheesy, but it's true—there's so much vegan love in
The only bad thing about my internship at PETA was that I
eventually had to leave. Saying "goodbye" to some of the most
dedicated people I've ever met and people I had made once-in-a-lifetime connections
with was difficult. But it's always reassuring to know that there are people across
the country and around the world who share my belief that animals are not ours
to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment.
Oh, there's one more thing: You might get to stand in your
underwear, painted like the Canadian flag, on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of
the Canadian embassy to protest Canada's annual seal slaughter, in which thousands of seals
are bludgeoned to death for their fur every year.
If you find another internship that will let you do that,
let me know.
The following video was made by Michaela, a PETA intern.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.