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PETA Foundation Law Internship

The PETA Foundation
Position Objective: Work with attorneys at the PETA Foundation to provide assistance on a wide range of legal issues that arise in the course of PETA’s work to protect animals through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, and protest campaigns   Temporary, unpaid position. Minimum 4-week commitment Location: Washington, D.C.  Remote locations will be considered.   Primary Responsibilities and Duties: Research, interpret, and apply federal statutes and regulations, including, the Animal Welfare Act, the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Freedom of Information Act

Research, interpret, and apply state statutes and regulations, including anti-cruelty and open records statutes

Conduct legal research on a variety of animal protection and animal rights issues, such as standing, the doctrine of judicial review, and First Amendment issues

Prepare comments for agencies on proposed rulemaking and permit applications

Communicate with public interest and private attorneys, prosecutors, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations on a variety of legal issues

Assist caseworkers, researchers, and campaigners throughout PETA with a wide array of legal issues that arise in their cases

Work with others to formulate and develop legal initiatives to further PETA’s objectives   Qualifications: Rising 3L student, or J.D. with 0-3 years of legal experience

Superior legal research and writing skills

Experience in animal law, administrative law, environmental law, and/or criminal law is desired, but resourcefulness and innovativeness are primarily valued

Supportive position vis-à-vis PETA’s philosophy and the ability to professionally advocate PETA’s positions on issues   Please send a letter of interest, a résumé, a transcript, a legal writing sample, and a list of three (3) professional references to: Lori Kettler, deputy general counsel, at

Location: Washington, D.C.


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