Public Relations Interns

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization.
Our mission: Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty.

The Public Relations department, which 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, is seeking interns who desire real-world experience in public relations.

Interns 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. Each 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.

Ideal candidates have a desire to learn about media relations, possess strong communication skills, and work well independently. Previous experience in a non-profit organization, animal protection/advocacy organization, or animal shelter is a plus. Spanish proficiency is also a plus. Minimum time commitment is 15 hours per week for approximately 12 weeks.

This internship is unpaid; however, course credit can be arranged. Interns must pass a criminal background check and sign a waiver and release of liability. The position is located in our Gaithersburg, Md. office.

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Note: You'll be asked to submit a cover letter, résumé and writing sample with the application.


• Track media coverage
• Create media distribution lists
• Help draft and distribute media advisories, news releases, op-eds, letters to the editor and other 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


Required - Strong Communication Skills, Microsoft Word

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