The Humane Society of the United States - Media Relations Team

We fight the big fights to end suffering for all animals. Together with millions of supporters, The Humane Society of the United States takes on puppy mills, factory farms, the fur trade, trophy hunting, animal cosmetics testing and other cruel industries. We rescue and care for thousands of animals every year through our rescue and response team and other hands-on animal care services. We fight all forms of animal cruelty to achieve the vision behind our name: a humane society.


  • End the cruelest practices toward all animals
  • Care for animals in crisis
  • Build a stronger animal protection movement

Our rescue and direct care work responds to today’s cruelties; our education, legislative and policy work prevents tomorrow’s.


Gaithersburg, MD

Internship Description

Intern will gain experience writing short-form Twitter content, press releases and preparing other written documents for the media, using Cision and Muckrack 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 Media Relations team. The intern will be invited to join regular strategic department meetings, and will be brought in to help with larger, more complex projects that will foster teamwork and encourage creative thinking.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
10 Flexible Flexible Flexible Yes No Virtual/Remote

Housing Information

The internship will remain remote.

Internship Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have/be:

  • Strong communication 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 is a plus

Additional preferred qualifications:

  • A desire to help create a more humane world for animals is a bonus.

Writing Sample Required

Any previous writing sample will work, preferably no longer than 2 pages. Bonus if animal or environment related.

Special Requirements

  • Background Check