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The Life of a PETA Intern

Written by PETA | July 17, 2009

“Why?” That was the response I received each time I told someone that I was going to intern at PETA this summer. They were apprehensive that I would be thrust into a world of crazed, paint-throwing vegans, but I assured them that I’d be working for a great cause with passionate—and, yes, completely normal—individuals. So, ready to fight for animal rights, I hopped on a plane and was transported to a world of animals, exciting work, and great food. Here are a few highlights from my month-long stint as an intern:

  • My very first demonstration was against UniverSoul circus, which unwisely decided to set up shop here in Norfolk, Virginia. When I arrived at the venue and saw the dejected tigers lying in their cramped cages, I realized just how important this protest would be.
  • At the office, not only did I get to play with all our canine friends, I was also able to work on creative research projects, speak with enthusiastic activists, and finally have a legitimate reason to go on Facebook and MySpace!


Coney Island Demonstration


  • I got to travel! Before I knew it, I was packing my handbag and heading out to Coney Island for a demonstration on the opening night of Ringling Bros. Circus. We set up directly in front of the entrance to the enormous blue and yellow striped tents—where countless animals suffer for “entertainment”—and proceeded to capture the attention of every circusgoer who walked past us. I was touched when one couple came up to me to learn more about the ways circuses often beat their “animal performers” and then decided to turn around and deny Ringling their business!


McCruelty Demonstration


  • I also got to protest the grand opening of a McDonald’s in Virginia Beach. Even though the owner offered us cheeseburgers and turned the sprinklers on us, it was great to see everyone’s animated response to our presence—not to mention our “chicken,” who danced around and hugged children.

My PETA internship was one of the most exciting and fulfilling experiences an animal lover could have because, in the end, it’s all about the animals. Oh, and the delicious vegan lunches that were served every day didn’t hurt either!

Written by Sarah Hamshari

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  • Haider Ali says:

    Guys I am also willing to intern at PETA I wonder if they offer jobs after the internship or not ??

  • Susan Hoppler says:

    Thanks for the comments. I am getting ready to leave for my 2 month internship at Peta. I will be there during September and October. I am really excited! Anything that I can do to support such a wonderful and EFFECTIVE Animal RightsAdvocacy organization! I know what you mean about people asking “Why?” My family thinks I am weird. I am slowly working on them about the issues and the importance of becoming vegan but it takes a lot of work and time. For the animals!

  • Teresa D. Ramos says:

    Thank you PETA unless my health stops me.It has trully brought into my life an awakening! Not only the crueltyinsaneirrational ways they breed but all that the animals suffer is what people eat! I can name a thousand of all bad causes that animals as well as themselves suffer a great dea doing to them anything wrong. Each time a person eats automatically is to thinkrememberacknowledge what is going into their body. When an animal is killed that same pain hes going thru or torture their put through while being breed is what go’s into the bodys organisms. We have to listen to our bodys is our health. I myself beina a nutritionist recommend to eat the healthiest. That is why some or those who eat with out thinkingknowing could be so fatal to their immune system. Teresa M.A.

  • Emily says:

    I went to join the protest of UniverSoul circus in Norfolk and when we arrived we couldn’t find anyone protesting. We stayed for awhile but no one showed up. It was sad to see the tigers in the cages they looked so bored. The circus was just a tent in a parking lot really random!

  • Shawna Flavell says:

    Brien Comerford Thanks so much for your comment. I’m sure you already know about it but you should check out our Action Center for other ways to get involved with PETA httpwww.peta.orgactioncenterindex.asp.

  • Shawna Flavell says:

    Aneliese Michele is right we have an intern in the office right now who is from Canada. If you are interested in interning you can get more information here httpwww.peta.orgaboutinterning.asp.

  • Michele says:

    Aneliese Canadians can intern at PETA too!!! I know one personally she was there this past winterspring.

  • Aneliese says:

    Lucky! I live in Canada.

  • farah says:

    I interned at peta a few years ago!!! I miss peta so much!! It was such a great experience and I met such interesting and amazing people! I love the Founders House!

  • Brien Comerford says:

    I’m too sensitive to be a PETA intern. Mankind’s massacre of the animal kingdom is insanely malevolent and it’s broken my faith in the human race. PETA is the one of the sanest organizations in this fallen inimical world.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Good for you girl! You chose to do something useful and constructive for your summer vacation as opposed to constant partying and goofing around. I hope your family is proud of you. I would be.

  • Celine says:

    asdghjkl I am SO interning at PETA when I get older. I already want to so bad but I’m still way too yound.

  • Effie Craven says:

    I interned there last summer and you’re right! It was a great experience! I even recognize some of the people in the pictures