The Humane Society of the United States

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
The Humane Society of the United States


Gaithersburg, Maryland

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Mallory Williamson '21

Organization Description
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the nation's most effective animal protection organization. We and our affiliates provide hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year, and we professionalize the field through education and training for local organizations. We are the leading animal advocacy organization, seeking a humane world for people and animals alike. We are driving transformational change in the U.S. and around the world by combating large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and the wildlife trade.

MISSION STATEMENT: Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty

The Public Relations (PR) department serves as a resource for journalists, disseminating news on a broad range of animal issues and arranging media interviews with subject experts at The HSUS. PR interns gain real-world experience while helping support the work of the PR department.

Internship Description
Intern will gain experience writing press releases and preparing other written documents for the media, using Vocus/Cision software to target reporters for pitches, making calls to reporters to garner interest in HSUS stories and working on long-term media campaigns with members of our diverse Public Relations team. The intern will be invited to join daily strategic department meetings, and will be brought in to help with larger, more complex projects that will foster teamwork and encourage creative thinking.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Track media coverage
  • Create media distribution lists
  • Help draft and distribute media advisories, news releases, op-eds, letters to the editor and other press materials
  • Help organize media events such as press conferences
  • Spanish-speaking interns may be asked to help bilingual staff translate press releases for Hispanic media

Learning opportunities:

  • Learn media relations software and techniques
  • Foster an understanding of animal protection issues
  • Learn about The HSUS’s major campaigns, programs and mission
  • Have a chance to meet with every member of the Public Relations team to learn about each aspect of the department

Internship Qualifications

  • Strong communication and critical thinking skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word
  • Desire to learn about media relations
  • Able to work well independently and use good judgment
  • Previous volunteer or internship experience with a non-profit organization, animal protection/advocacy organization or animal shelter
  • Spanish proficiency 
  • Interest in Journalism or Public Relations

**Writing sample required

Expected Start Time
10 am (flexible)

Expected End Time
5 pm (flexible)

Required Dates
No earlier than May 30 - no later than August 23

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
We can provide a housing guide with information about the area and guidance on finding housing. We also have a Facebook group to connect interns to each other for the purpose of finding housing.

Interns must pass a criminal background check and sign paperwork including a waiver and release of liability.

**Writing sample required

Evaluation Excerpt

I connected very deeply with the mission of my organization. I do believe that as a result of my internship I'm fully committed to someday becoming vegan. I've learned that I have the capacity to put my longstanding compassion for animals toward driving concrete change for them in this country. -- Mallory Williamson '21

Applications for Summer 2020 will open in November 2019. 


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program


Make sure to read the eligibility criteria and requirements prior to submitting an application. Here